Discover The Different Resumes Through The World!

It isn’t uncommon for people to want to relocate and find work in another country. To apply to a position in another country, it’s important to recognize and understand the different resumes through the world.

The resume is an important document that you’ll need to present to potential employers to show that you have the necessary skills and experience to fulfill the role effectively.

In this article, we are going to talk about the different resumes through the world and how these resumes should be formatted so that your international resume is taken seriously.


Resumes In Europe

If you’re applying for a position in Europe, you will be creating a Europass CV, which is equal to Europass resume. The document was created to “provide citizens [of the European Union] with the opportunity to present in clear and comprehensive way information on their qualifications and competences.”

Holding Europass

With this standard template, candidates can avoid the pitfalls of cultural differences and different requirements among the countries. The Europass resume requires that all candidate’s resumes follow this formatting:

  • Personal information such as:
  • Marital status
  • Number of children (age is optional)
  • Personal interests
  • Gender
  • Nationality
  • Photograph is recommended
  • Be two to three pages in length
  • Printed version is ISO A4 paper (8.27 x 11.69 inches)
  • High School information is necessary

There are a few countries in Europe that have different requirements with their resumes.

France: Applicant’s must include “projet professionel,” which outlines your future career goals.

Germany: Applicants must include early education, marital status, and residency history.

Scandinavia: Applicants are not required to include gender, age, photo, or personal information.

Spain: Resume must include the passport/ID number, as well as language skills and GPA.

UK: The resume can be one or two pages in length, but it must show the applicant’s culture fitness.


Resumes In Japan

If you are interested in applying for a position in Japan, you are going to need a 履歴書, or a rerekisho. With this resume, you are going to have to provide a Japanese employer with more information than your typical English-language resume.

It is important that you create an English resume that is concise and to the point, and it should be one page with a maximum two pages. Be sure to use bullet points and bolded headers to help you get as much information as you can in one small space (read our tips on how to create a one page resume here).

The information that you will need to include with your Japanese resume include:

  • Personal information such as:
  • Full Name
  • Address
  • Date of Birth
  • Nationality
  • Phone Number
  • 40mm high, 30mm wide photograph on the top right corner of your resume
  • Name and Address must be written in Japanese kanji and furigana
  • Education as far back as elementary school
  • All of your work experience must be listed
  • Reason why you are applying for the position
  • Special skills
  • Hobbies
  • Name of guarantor

Resumes In China

To create a resume for Chinese recruiters, you will want to follow the formatting and content requirements the recruiters and employers expect from their candidates.

Resume In China

The information you will need to include with your Chinese resume include (and in this order):

  • Personal information such as:
  • Standard Name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Gender
  • Children and their ages
  • Photograph on the top right hand corner
  • Personal summary that details your skills and career objectives
  • Work experience
  • Education – list your degrees and diplomas in reverse-chronological order
  • Highlight special awards and achievements that shows off your capabilities
  • Languages that you can write and speak fluently

References can be attached to the CV, or you can note that references are available on request.


Resumes In The United Arab Emirates (UAE)

There is no UAE-specific template that you should adhere to when you are applying for a position. You will want to make sure that the recruiter who reviews your resume has all the important information they need, so your resume should be one or two pages at most.

The important information that you will need to include on your resume include:

  • Personal information such as:
  • Full Name
  • Date of birth
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Photograph
  • Photograph on the top right hand corner
  • Marital status, nationality, and country of birth are optional
  • Education listed in reverse-chronological order
  • Professional history in reverse-chronological order
  • Skills
  • Languages you speak and write fluently
  • Hobbies and Interests

When writing a resume for the UAE, you will also want to include a cover letter. This document should be short, to the point, and polite – much like the cover letter you would send to an American employer.


Around the world, there are countless jobs that need to be filled and you very well may have the skills required to get yourself hired. In order to even be considered for these jobs, you need an international resume that adheres to the formatting and structure of the expected by recruiter and/or employer.

Even though each country has their own expectation, no matter where you want to go, you have to make sure that you are truthful in everything – embellishing your skills or your experiences is highly frowned upon. 

Not only should you be truthful, but your resume should be free of grammatical errors and spelling mistakes. As a professional, you have to show that you are qualified for the job, and simple errors could cost you your dream job!

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