Do: Keep writing style basic — and call it a CV
"Language should be straightforward, direct and less 'marketing-like' than (what) might be acceptable within the US," said Mewawala, who recalls a client who applied to roles in Europe using a CV penned in a US-style of writing before Mewawala worked with him. "The language was considered confusing and flowery and he received absolutely no response from the many firms he approached."
Include personal details in Europe and Latin America. The first page of a CV should feature a simple, professional headshot and the last page should include information like birth date and visa status.
Don't: Forget to include social skills
Flowery language might be stripped-down, but Carmen Peter, an executive coach and trainer based in Brussels, says potential employers want evidence of your interpersonal skills.
"Ability to relate to your colleagues, clients and counterparts and the ability to adapt to a multicultural environment [are important] for a lot of jobs," said Peter, who regularly works with clients across more than 30 European nationalities. Emphasise, for example, international experience and ability to work with teams.
Check: The particulars
Many European countries require a "statement of validity" with a CV. You'll need someone to sign and vouch for the veracity of your documents. Smith-Proulx recommends confirming with the hiring manager or human resources whether this should be included before you go through the hassle of doing so.
"You don't want to find out after the fact that a company rejected your application because you violated some unwritten rule about acceptable resume components," Smith-Proulx said. "Individual companies or countries can always be exceptions to the rule."
On the English-language version of your CV, use British English. And stock local paper. CVs should be formatted and printed on A4 paper, which is longer than the US 8-by-11 inches.