Technical Resumes for International Candidates

Posted on March 27, 2012. Filed under: International Job Seekers, Resumes | Tags: , , , , |

international job seekerby Sheree Van Vreede (@rezlady)
For technical candidates with an international or global background, applying for positions in the US is very different from what you have experienced overseas. Most international technical and technology professionals prepare and send a CV (curriculum vitae) to a prospective employer. A CV is a more exhaustive listing of all your work history, marital status, hobbies, interests, etc. US employers don’t care about much of that information. In fact, it would be illegal to ask a candidate about some of these things. Moreover, most US employers are not interested in reviewing a resume that is 5 or 6 pages in length, or even longer!

Keep it Current

Generally, US employers want a candidate to be able to communicate the value he or she would bring as a technical executive in a resume that is 2 or 3 pages in length. All those great programming jobs or the position as an engineering intern you had way back when should not take up as much space on your resume as they did on your CV. In fact, depending on what they were and where they happened, it may not make much sense to include them at all!

In addition, it isn’t necessary to list all the technologies you used to develop a certain software or deploy a new system. That generates too much detail and adds to your page count. It also diverts the attention of the reader and takes their focus from what should be your core message.

So when preparing your executive-level technical resume, consider your audience and the things that they are interested in before you deliver a document that is really designed for a separate group entirely.

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