CVs Around The World

Did you know that a UK CV is different to a US CV, which is different to a US resumé?

Each country has its own conventions for what is expected in applications. This may be “because it’s always been done that way” or may be more fundamentally linked to what is particularly valued in a country.

For example, we see many CVs from our Indian students who focus extensively on academic results, normally presented in a table, and academic distinctions. Maybe it’s a bit of an indictment of British anti-intellectual culture, but this generally isn’t the most effective way of applying to UK employers.

What should CVs look like for each country?
For those who can get into the Careers Service offices at Crawford House, we’ve got the “Global Resume and CV Guide”, a large book with example CVs from around the world.

On-line info is more patchy, but there are several sources which may help, depending on the country in which you want to work:

  • Our Country Guides on the Careers Service website – many of the countries covered include tips on how to apply for jobs (and postgrad study), including hints gleaned from talking to employers on our overseas visits. The profiles also include links to futher in-country web resources.
  • Prospects website country information – a similar list of info on over 50 countries, including applications advice and links.

Researcher considering a job in the USA?
The Chronicle of Higher Education (the US equivalent to the THE) has a good jobs and careers website. There’s a really useful “CV Doctor” article from December 2009, which includes “before” and “after” examples of good/bad CVs and resumes for researchers applying for academic and non-academic jobs in the USA.

There are lots of other great resources on the Chronicle website – just remember, though, that most of the info only applies in the USA and is often not applicable around the rest of the world.

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