International Application Materials

I’ve found an opportunity, but now I need help with my application materials.

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You found an opportunity! This page can help with your prep materials.

If you have never written a resume or a cover letter, check out these resources. They are a great starting point, but you will want to tailor your materials to your specific location and position. Once you have created your resume and cover letter, make an appointment with one of our career advisors to review and fine-tune your application materials.

Some tips for international application materials:

  • For country specific tips on resumes, check out the “Country Career Guides” on GoinGlobal
  • Oftentimes, a resume is referred to as a “CV” or “curriculum vitae” abroad. In the United States, a CV is very different from a resume (learn more here), but the employer may be looking for something that fits more with the US definition of a resume.
  • If you are unsure about application requirements, reach out to the Human Resources Department. They should be able to answer your questions. Making sure that your application meets the company requirements and expectations can increase your chances of getting an interview.
  • Follow the instructions on the application. This can be a first test from employers to see if you are able to follow instructions.
  • Make sure to keep it concise. Employers typically spend 15-30 seconds reading a resume, so it’s important that you are able to convey all of your important information in an effective manner.
  • If you are applying to a company where you will be working in a different language, submit your application in that language, and ensure that your translation is accurate. Be aware of different dialects, and check to ensure your word choice will be understood by those who will be reviewing your materials.
  • Research the country and the company. Providing specific information about the company in your cover letter is a good way to show interest and that you put effort into the application.
  • Be aware of cultural context for words and positions. For example, in New Zealand, professors say they’re “on staff,” but in the U.S. staff usually refers to administrative work, while faculty refers to professors. It’s a small nuance but someone in America may not take an applicant for a professor as seriously if they said they were “on staff” versus they were a “faculty member.” Similarly, some jobs may be culturally controversial abroad. For example, in Arab countries, women working at a “bar” are equated with prostitution or some positions may be associated with lower status. It’s important to ensure that everything you put on your application is culturally appropriate.
  • Remember, there are many different ways to write a resume and cover letter. At the end of the day, your goal is to convey your information effectively, and follow all instructions from the employer.

If you still want help getting started or are ready for someone to check over your work, take advantage of drop- in peer advising and appointments with career advisors! Find the link here.