We want to give you some advices for having the best CV if you want to apply for an internationally job. We know that is summer and vacation feeling is everywhere but we should dare for more in our carriers and we have to be prepared for that.

Sometimes, being a recruiter for internationally jobs is a little different than being a recruiter for local jobs. I would like to share with you today the 8 things that recruiters look for in a CV to help make their day-to-day jobs a little bit easier!

Contact details

Including your contact details on your CV is basically. However, when it comes to CV writing for the internationally jobs, we can’t stress enough just how important it is for candidates to include international codes in their phone numbers. Day in and day out, recruiters are filing through CVs from candidates from around the world who are interested in relocating to the country. Having to search for international telephone codes on Google isn’t a time-consuming exercise, but it’s certainly one that recruiters could do without.

Locations of all previous positions

When locations for previous companies aren’t included in CVs, recruiters have to then go hunting online to find information about where that company is based. Again, this is time that they just don’t have to waste. Recruiters need to know what countries you have worked in previously, specifically a candidate’s most recent company, so listing the city and country in which you have worked is crucial.

Visa status

What does this mean for recruiters? When a candidate lists their visa status on their CV it makes the job of a recruiter so much easier. In Dubai, for instance, getting a work permit is usually dependent on an offer of employment for up to three years. Maybe the candidate is already working in Dubai and is interested in other opportunities, or maybe the candidate is living abroad and doesn’t have a work permit or residency visa. Either way, a recruiter needs to know this information in order to do his or her job.

Exact employment dates 

When it comes to previous employment, it’s absolutely vital that a recruiter knows the exact amount of experience that a candidate has. It’s not good enough to simply list that you have worked in a position from 2012 to 2014 – you need to also include the months that you started and finished that position on your CV. Most positions will require that you have a minimum amount of experience, so exact dates are so important. Similarly, if there are any gaps in your professional history, it’s very helpful if these are explained in your CV.

 Specifying qualifications

It’s important to know whether or not a candidate has the educational requirements to meet the job spec, and how those qualifications are internationally recognized. Candidates should list their qualifications as well as the college names and countries at which those qualifications were obtained and if/how they’re recognized on their CVs. If the qualifications are having a higher mark it is important to list this too. We know that investing in qualifications internationally recognized will take time and money, but qualifications could make the difference from an approved CV and a rejected one.

Part/Full-Time experience

Similar to having specific work dates listed on a CV, it’s just as important for candidates to specify whether or not their previous work experience was achieved on a full-time or a part-time basis. Again, this just makes the recruiter’s job easier in terms of knowing straight away if the candidate fulfils the criteria for the job. A candidate might have 3 years experience in a previous position, but if it was a part-time role is that the equivalent of having 1.5 years of full-time experience? Will they still meet the criteria if the position requires two years of experience? The recruiter will know the answer to this because they understand the requirements for the role, but if they can’t decipher whether or not a candidate qualifies by the information on their CV, it could mean wasting a lot of time trying to figure it out.


Even though so many people relocate to other countries for work, it doesn’t mean that recruiters can read a candidate’s mind in terms of their moving plans. What’s to say that for example a UAE or US recruiter who receives a CV from someone in Romania won’t think that the candidate misunderstood the job ad and thought that the position was based in Romania? Unless it’s clearly stated in the objective of the CV that the person is willing to relocate, the recruiter will have to play guessing games (either that or the CV will end up in the rubbish without a second thought!) The objective is the absolute core of any CV, particularly when you’re applying for an internationally job.

CV Length

Even though we’ve advised that candidates make sure that visa status, exact employment dates, certificates and an objective are all listed on their CVs, it doesn’t mean that a recruiter wants to see seven-page documents coming their way! It’s still important to try to keep the length of a CV to 2-3 pages maximum if possible.

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