Tailoring Your CV for a New Country
- Creating a quality CV and Covering Letter is a crucial first step in applying for a job in a new country.
- You can then apply online before you move to better understand your opportunities and to give your job search a head start.
- The key requirement to preparing your CV and Covering Letter is a quality language translation.
- It is also important to understand other differences to these documents in the country you are applying to.
See our CV and Covering Letter tips below.
Creating an English CV for the UK
The most obvious requirement when converting your CV to be used in the UK is a good English translation. Other differences include:
- No date of birth, due to UK age discrimination laws;
- Photos are not common;
There are also best practice CV guidelines that apply in all countries:
- Keep your CV as succinct as possible, one or two pages, with the most important content at the start;
- Include a short personal statement that makes you stand out;
- In your work experience, focus on your responsibilities and achievements instead of those of the general team (i.e. I delivered the project on time, I led the team to increase sales by 15%, etc.);
- For most jobs a simple and clean layout is the most appropriate;
- If you are applying online think about keywords for your career - many CVs are initially filtered by keywords;
Typical CV sections:
Creating an English Covering Letter for the UK
To apply for most jobs you will also need a covering letter. A good covering letter is important
to persuade the employer to look at your CV.
Your covering letter should:
- Be clearly structured and concise (no more than one page);
- Be addressed to the individual that will read it, if possible;
- Demonstrate how you fulfil the requirements of the job advertisement;
- Be tailored to each application as much as possible, to demonstrate your interest in that particular job;
- Indicate when you are available to start work;
- Not duplicate your CV but inspire the reader to want to look at it;
For guidance on approaches for searching for jobs see the JOBS section of the DESTINATION GUIDE.