Anyone looking to progress their career beyond the borders of North America should consider building a good CV. A CV is your passport to international success and well worth the time and effort. In North America employers are used to shorter resumes and consider information regarding age, marital status, nationality and sex to be irrelevant which is not the case in the global marketplace. CV is far more detailed than a resume and can easily run from four to eight pages in length. Here, I have outlined some simple format basics that you will find helpful in preparing a CV for your international career.

  • Contact information: A CV should begin with your contact information including name, address, telephone number and email.
  • Personal Data: This section should include age, nationality, sex, languages spoken and marital status and sometimes even military status and country of birth are included.
  • Summary Statement: You can include a summary statement about yourself containing the highlights of your career and objective and what makes you suitable for the position you are applying for.
  • Educational qualifications: This section highlights your academic background and achievements. You should list the name of the institution attended, degree or diploma earned and the date of your graduation.
  • Employment History: You should include when and where you gained this experience and include position details and description of duties. Your work experience should be listed in chronological order with details of the most recent experience listed first.
  • Other Training: This section can include other experiences, seminars attended etc.
  • Skills: This should include skills that are relevant to the position you are applying for.
  • References

Rule of thumb…try and include all information on your CV that will help influence the decision in your favor.
Teg Brar