We will resume and cover letter writing requests from job seekers around the world who are interested in employment in Canada, the US and UK. We have received resumes from job seekers in India, China, the Philippines, Germany, Poland and Russia to name a few. Working with these international customers to monitor common mistakes made in their CV. Although we can not be the subject of writing again, this article contains some common observations and practical tips continue to immigrants and foreign workers who are interested in applying for a job in Canada, the US and UK.
Spelling, grammar and writing style
It is important to ensure a resume and cover letter does not contain misspellings and grammatical errors. These types of errors can significantly reduce your chances of being considered for a job. In fact, many employers will throw your application if they spot these kinds of mistakes. For foreign applicants, misspellings and grammatical errors are particularly harmful because they can lead an employer to conclude that the applicant has a poor command of English. It is important to use spell and grammar tools function in your word processing software before sending your resume. Another option is to have a professional to write it for you or at the very least someone competent to proof your resume. If you prefer to do it yourself, you can log in to post a new course. Many of these courses focus on providing a resume template or continue samples instead of teaching resume writing techniques. While Resume templates can be easy to follow templates out may not be best for a particular professional background. For this reason, we recommend courses that teach resume writing skills and concepts rather than providing Resume templates.
Unlike misspellings and grammatical errors, improper writing style is not so easy to identify. Nevertheless, pay attention to the writing style can pay huge dividends. Writing style can signal to the employer that you have paid attention to learn about the local work culture and how professionals interact within it. For example, the cover letter from the foreign applicant that ends with, “I’m very excited about this opportunity and would welcome a meeting with you to discuss my qualifications in detail. I am available for interview at your convenience,” indicating that the applicant has paid attention to how the business professional communication in North America. On the other hand, a cover letter that ends with, “I would be most respectful grateful if you would take my application for excellent business” would indicate that the applicant has not taken the time to learn communication style in the environment and thus may be not fit so well.
Personal information not related to work.
In Canada and the United States, Human Rights legislation prohibiting employment discrimination on grounds such as religion, race, marital status, age and so on. As such, the application will not include areas for this type of information and professional interviewers are trained not ask for this type of information in an employment interview. While it may be taken for training in some countries for job seekers to include such information in their applications, it is not customary in some countries such as Canada, the US and UK.
We have received many CVs containing photos and personal information, such as religion, marital status, age and so on. Although we just advised not to include a picture or your age, in some cases may be asked to do it. For example, in some sectors such as model, or work it is common as it may be required to work to shed a person to play a certain age. The important point here is to know the work culture and environment that you want to be part of. You want to avoid sending flags to the employer which may indicate that you would not fit in.
Foreign applicants frustrated by the lack of response have to know that many employers value international experience and knowledge. Companies generally seek to acquire this knowledge overseas by sending top executives and managers to international offices or by participating in professional exchange program. However, the employer can assess international experience, it is your responsibility to notify the employer how they will benefit from your experience. It is important that you take advantage of international experience to your advantage. Maybe prospective employer can benefit from your relationships you have in your country. Or it can be as simple as your language or knowledge of a specific culture.
In short, we have seen many common mistakes made in return from foreign applicants. Learn how to match, while leveraging your differences is the key to success in the labor market. Learn how to fit in does not lose the culture. That means to learn business writing and show that you can communicate effectively with local experts. By following the tips above, you must make a new more “North American” friendly.