How To Write A Resume For A Job Application Abroad

You wonder how to write a professional resume? We are pretty sure, earlier or later everyone has this question flying around in his head like a little annoying fly. Writing a resume or CV – yes, there is a difference –, that convinces employers you’re the best fit for their company is not easy. But still, writing a good resume is not exactly rocket science. We have some tips that will help you make the best out of this inconspicuous but important piece of paper.

A resume is one page short, doesn’t have to follow one special formatting rule and should be customized for every position. A CV can be longer, as it has to cover your entire career, and is more static.

The Basics of a Good Resume

Writing a resume is like playing the piano, only easier. But there’s a rule applying for both: if you don’t know the basics, it’s unlikely you will succeed. So, let’s look at the main points you should think about before starting to write.

Type

Depending on your personal circumstances you can choose a different type of resume. If you’re applying in a different country, always take into consideration, that the standards for resumes might be different than in your home country. Also, writing a resume without work experience will be different than after 10 years of work. Even if “standard international resumes” that you can apparently use everywhere exist, we advise you to get specific information about your country of destination. It only takes you 10 minutes and will make a big difference to the recruiter.

Focus

The more, the better? No, not when you’re working on your resume. It’s important to focus on the skills and qualities that make you the perfect fit for this exact job. Don’t mention anything that won’t help you get hired. In the end, your resume shouldn’t be longer than one page, especially when you are at the beginning of your career.

On some websites, you might find information telling you, that your resume can be up to three pages, but that’s when they are talking about a CV, so don’t mix it up! In general, recruiters always prefer a short resume that includes all the important information they need about you, no matter in which country they’re working. Or would you like to read three pages of useless details?

Format

Be honest, did you start experimenting with crazy fonts and designs when you were working on your very first resume? If so, we hope you realized it’s not making it better. The best way is to stick to a legible font and use a font size between 11pt and 12pt.

Also, make sure your resume is clearly structured. Use standard margins and avoid writing dense blocks of text. If you use bullet points, always use the same ones. All in all, this means: be consistent!

Be consistent and concise, so your resume is clear and easy to read at first glance. Otherwise, it will not be read.

What Comes Next?

After thinking about these three basic points you can start writing the “real” resume. Still, it’s never wrong to write a checklist before you start. Like this, you can easily proof whether you’ve included everything you need and followed all advice. If you’re not the most creative head check for some resume examples online.

Knowing these basics makes you good, but what if you want to stand out? What do you have to do to be special? We know how your resume can become a masterpiece. Afterward, you’ll be ready to jump to the next step and learn how to write a cover letter.