Want to learn how to create a CV for a job within Europe and have an understanding of some of the differences between a resume in the U.S.? This video will explain just what is a European CV, how it is different than a CV in the U.S. and when a resume is appropriate in Europe. Follow along with Stacey to learn more about using resumes overseas.
- If you thought a CV in the United States was confusing, you're really going to have some fun comparing and contrasting that to a CV in Europe. But we'll get through it together. Let's start with the obvious point that Europe is a region and not a country. Therefore each country in that region will have it's own nuances and style that is unique to them. I will, however, be using the term Europe or European in an intentionally generic way in order to simplify the concepts.
Adding to the confusion is the fact that in most European countries the curriculum vitae, or CV, is the accepted form for applying for a job. In essence, it is to European countries what a resume is to the United States, and in Europe it may be referred to as a resume even though the two documents are quite different. But with more and more global travel and multinational companies, the US resume is occasionally accepted in place of a CV.
Still confused? Let's take it from the top. The major differences between a European CV and a resume are in it's length. A US resume is not usually longer than two pages. A US CV can be upwards of 10 pages, but a European CV is usually two to three pages. There's actually a European standard CV created by the EU administration called the Europass CV. It's available in the exercise files, and when you open it you'll immediately see the differences.
CVs, as with most documents in Europe, are printed on A4 size paper. It's a standard in Europe and you will need to format your resume appropriately when submitting online so that when it is printed the margins won't shift and your work will appear as you intended it. The European CV will include personal information that will not be expected to appear on a resume in the US. Photos, marital status, age, hobbies, and nationality are standard in many countries, though it is becoming increasingly optional.
You'll need to do more specific research for the countries to learn the specific expectations that you will need to meet. Education is another area of difference. While high school information is not included on a US resume, a European CV will likely include some secondary school information even if a college degree or other advanced degree is also included. Military training is also expected depending upon the country you're applying in and should be included when applicable.
What stands out the most is the detail expected when it comes to skills. Starting with language skills. You can expect this to be an area where detail is needed due to the number of languages spoken in Europe. Having a good idea of just how proficient a person is in each language is very important. But some of the other areas such as managerial skills, communication skills, and job related skills are specifically called out in a way that we are not used to in the United States.
One example of customization for a specific country is within the UK. References play a large part in being hired. So when listing prior employers, include not only the geographic location, but the complete address along with the phone number. In the US this information is usually saved for the job application, or as part of providing references. But remember, there is a difference between a reference and a prior employer. So if you're interested in applying for a job outside of the US, do your research.
The internet has made everyone closer and brought information to our fingertips that previously would have been hard to obtain. So you can see, applying for a job in another part of the world isn't nearly as difficult as you first imagined.
Stacey A. Gordon, cofounder of Career Incubator, has made it her life's work to help others find the jobs and build the careers of their dreams. In this course, she walks through the basics of resume writing for job seekers, as well as a few extra job search basics such as following up, sending thank-you notes, and identifying companies to work for and determining fit.
Stacey explains what you should include on your resume, what to exclude, and how to craft your resume to showcase your talents and best qualities. Using practical resume examples, Stacey walks through choosing the right resume format, tailoring the information to match job requirements, and writing alternative resumes that include industry-specific information. Last, Stacey shows you how to deal with some common sore spots—like job hopping, lack of experience, or large unemployment gaps—while concentrating on your experience.
- Writing an objective statement
- Adding a summary of skills
- Showcasing your professional work
- Presenting your education
- Customizing your contact information
- Tailoring your resume to fit a job
- Upgrading your resume
- Choosing a resume layout
- Writing resumes for marketing, entertainment, and design jobs
- Handling career gaps and job changes
- Standing out and following up with employers
- Using a resume effectively
- Determining fit at a prospective job
- Finding contacts at companies you want to work for