How should my U.S. resume and cover letter differ if I decide to apply for jobs overseas?

QUESTION: How should my U.S. resume and cover letter differ if I decide to apply for jobs overseas?

Kate Williamson, Scientech Resumes

Familiarize yourself with your target country’s resume/CV guidelines. Leave your address off your resume UNLESS you have secured a residence in your target country. You can use your cover letter to share details about your relocation plans. Purchase an international phone number that links to your phone, giving the pretense of a local presence and increasing your chances of being contacted.

Cathy Lanzalaco, Inspire Careers

Many countries overseas expect a headshot on your resume (referred to as a CV) along with some personal information like marital status and number of children. In the U.S., neither of these are acceptable to decrease discrimination in hiring. Because different companies have different expectations, it would be worth your time to research the countries you are targeting.

Gayle Draper, Intentional Careers and Human Resources

Oversees is a very big area filled with unique nuances to consider. Drill down your research by individual country. After completing your Value Proposition to target your resume and cover letter, write a clear, concise, customized application. Consider the results of your research into the company, its competitors and its customers. Educate yourself for cultural fit for country and company.

Jennifer Gruwald, University of Connecticut

U.S resumés can differ greatly from those in other countries. There is not a one size fits all. You will want to do some research by going directly to each governments’ department of labor (or similar) website to find best practices for resumés. GoinGlobal ( is another site with country guides that offers this information on both resumés and cover letters.

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