How Resume Formats Differ by Country (8 Major Economies)

Last updated on June 20th, 2018 at 09:34 am

There are many reasons that people choose to work abroad; it could be to gain new experience, to experience new cultures, to get a promotion, to simply find a job, to search for a better life. Whatever, the reason that you choose to move abroad, if you want to make a successful international career move you need to plan carefully, and in particular you must make a strong, culturally attuned job application to your desired overseas employer.

And, as many of you will know, the conventions and styles of resume/CV production vary by country and if you are to make an effective application to an overseas employer you must make sure your resume/CV is in line with the conventions and cultural expectations of the host country. And to help you will this, I have provided a list of the resume/CV conventions of the 10 major economies of the world.

As a general note, no matter what country you are from, most CV/Resumes should ideally be two pages in length, should use white paper and black ink and include some or all of the following personal information: Names, Address, Phone Number, Email, Nationality, Objective/Profile, Professional Experience, Education, Languages, and Interests. Sections should be in reverse chronological order, that is with most recent employment first.


Always provide a copy of your CV/Resume in the the most commonly spoken tongue of the country, (which is not always the native tongue) or the language in which the job advert is written in, or whatever language may be requested in the job advert.

Marital Status and Date of Birth. In many countries such as the US, UK and Australia, you are no longer required or expected to include this information due to potential discrimination. But, in other countries you are still expected to do so.

Generally, this aforementioned items should form the basis of your resume/CV and you will need to make the following variations based on country.


UK, US and Australia pretty much follows the universal standard as above. Do not include a photo.

2.France points out that you should include a passport sized photograph, a colour photograph ideally, in the top right of your resume/CV. They also indicate that you should include your date of birth, marital status, plus number and age of children.

3. German

All German resumes should include a picture either in the upper left- or right-hand corner. You are allowed to use up to two pages for your resume. Make sure to include date of birth. Click here for more information on building a German resume.

4. Spain

You should also have a heading in personal details for driving license, marital status and age, passport number. Photos are optional. Click here to read more about Spanish resumes/CVs.

5. Brazil

The ideal length for a resume/CV in Brazil is one page. But, you should prepare a 1 page summary CV and submit this as part of your initial application plus a 2/3 page CV that you can submit if asked for more information. Click here for more information on writing a CV for Brazil

6. China

Include date of birth, gender, marital status, plus number and age of children and a professional, business like photo. Click here for more info on preparing a CV for China.

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