CVs Around the World

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Applying for a role overseas
can be a highly rewarding and liberating experience, allowing you to see into a
new culture, challenge yourself and learn an array of new skills.

However, the job application process can vary wildly between jobs and, if applicants
are not aware of what employers are expecting, they could find it hard to
display their true potential.

To improve your chances of finding a new job, we looked at the job application
processes from a range of countries around the world. We compared a whole host of factors, including how a CV is structured, what the typical job application
process consists of, the key dos and don’ts and some interesting facts for the
job market in 12 countries, ranging from the US to Saudi Arabia and Japan.

What did we find out?

By asking employees in each of the aforementioned countries, we found some interesting and useful information for people thinking about making a move overseas. For example, did you know that LinkedIn is blocked in Russia, or that South Korean employers ask for applicant’s height, weight and date of birth? In China, handshakes are not the norm. Instead, applicants should extend a slight bow, but only if their interviewer does so first.

Chris Evans, SEO and Social Media Marketing Manager, Europe, said: “During my travels, I’ve noticed some of the unique quirks in job markets across the world. It’s important to be aware of cultural differences and this infographic should help those looking to make a move abroad.

“While some of the recommendations may appear obvious, it is important to always consider the different workplace attitudes across the world. If you’re considering a move abroad, or want to see how cultures differ overseas, take a look at our infographic below.”


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If you have any more insights into job applications around the world, we’d love to hear them. Let us know over on Twitter @Viking_Chat.