Marketing Your International Experiences
When looking for a job with an international focus, it is important to capture your international experiences and heightened global competencies on your resume, cover letter and within interviews. The following links offer helpful tips on how to best market your international experiences for a global audience.
- Global Competency Quick Reference Guide (45 kb pdf)
In many countries outside of the United States, a resume is called a "CV". This is very similar to the American style resume, but has certain differences in each country. CVs are often more descriptive, but converting a resume to a CV is relatively easy. The best way is to do an Internet search to find sample CVs for the country to which you are going. However, if you plan on applying to American employers operating abroad, in most cases your American style resume will be fine.
For tips on exemplifying your global competencies within your resume for an American audience, see
- Building Connections: Study Abroad and Your Career (170 kb pdf)
- Helpful Phrases to Articulate International Experiences on Your Resume (162 kb pdf)
For tips on turning your resume into a CV for an International employer, see
- The Career Library in CDC South has several books about writing a CV for a job abroad
For tips on how to best classify your second language proficiencies, visit the Interagency Language Roundtable index. Here you can take self-assessment tests to gauge your speaking, reading and listening proficiencies for a language other than your native language.
- Interagency Language Roundtable
- Self Assessment: Speaking
- Self Assessment: Reading
- Self Assessment: Listening