Multinational Resumes: 3 Job Search Situations in Which You Need 1

Multinational Resumes: 3 Job Search Situations in Which You Need 1

In the ever-increasing global market most of us are engaged in, old-school CVs are being replaced by detail- and key word-rich multinational resumes. Haven’t heard of multinational resumes? If you’re looking for work in one of the three situations outlined below, you’re likely to need one.

CVs are often long documents which sketch out a candidate’s work history and educational credentials. Like passports, they adhere to in-country job application standards and tend to serve limited cross-border purposes. Multinational resumes are more like a futuristic passport that serves multiple countries at the same time with a document that serves a candidate well in different career situations.

CVs, or curriculum vitaes, can stretch to 10-25 pages or more and often contain a wide array of sections beyond the usual employment listings and educational credentials – sections like publications, patents, presentations, affiliations, volunteer service, board memberships, philosophy statements, and so on. In the U.S. and Canada such tools are used most frequently by those looking for work in research, academic, and government settings. In the rest of the world, CVs may well be the norm.

Multinational resumes, on the other hand, tend to be shorter with lengths typically in the 1 to 3-page range. To achieve this short goal, ancillary sections are often omitted or combined in order to make the document leaner and more concise. Multinational resumes also tend to be more achievement-driven than CVs often are, much like resumes in North America.

So which do you need? It depends on where you’ll be looking for work and in which kinds of companies.

Multi-Country Targets

If you plan to target multiple countries in your search you will need a marketing document that will transcend national boundaries and country-specific resume preferences, particularly if your country targets are located in different parts of the world. While a CV will work in these circumstances, it will not represent your candidacy or your brand as effectively as a multinational resume. CVs are typically weak in career branding and achievements which strips them of the power they need to help you compete against candidates with much stronger self-marketing tools. This also means they are generally much, much weaker in keywords, which in turn means they are less likely to perform well when submitted to company, recruiter, or job board sites.

Multinational Company Targets

The same is true if you plan to pursue multinational companies with operations in different locations – your candidacy will be best served by a resume that succinctly summarizes and showcases your diverse qualifications in a way that makes your career brand stand apart from the crowd of applicants who all look and sound alike on paper. Multinational companies often attract terrific candidates who bring with them a wealth of experience, skills, and accomplishments. If your CV appears weak or doesn’t portray your career story in a powerful way, your candidacy will be at a disadvantage when compared to that of candidates who use a multinational resume.

US- or Canadian-Owned Company Targets

This is doubly true if you are targeting US- or Canadian-owned companies. These firms are used to seeing best-in-class achievement-driven resumes since that is the standard in these two countries; if you present a document that appears old-school your candidacy will suffer as a result. An old-school CV simply cannot compete with a multinational resume since it will often have dramatically less branding and fewer career achievements. The lack of these 2 elements will likely mean that a CV will contain fewer keywords, too.

It might help to take a look at part of a CV and a multinational resume to grasp the difference. 

A Sample Career Summary from a Traditional CV

Proactive and persuasive sales and marketing leader with 21+ years demonstrated success developing new business, delivering incremental revenue, and building competitive solutions. Innovative and strategic thinker skilled in selling complex solutions, building relationships with senior-level executives and developing long-term partnerships that lead to sustained company growth. Expert in telecommunications, ICT and vertical Industries. Driven to deliver value and growth with customer and partner focus.

A Sample Career Summary from a Multinational Resume

SENIOR SALES + OPERATIONS EXECUTIVE
Next-Generation Cloud Solution & GTM Model Innovator


Generated >€394M in Mid-Market Deals | €891M in Incremental Sales | €85M+ in Cost Savings


Proactive, forward-thinking business and go-to-market (GTM) change agent who generated >€900M and catalyzed €2.2B in new software-, license-, and services-based revenue in EMEA channel and vertical markets. Produced 123% to 142% of data and Internet solutions sales for Cisco over 3 years. Awarded Harvard Business School MBA. Earned 6 senior-level promotions with Cisco in 14-year tenure.

  • Restructured cross-functional organizations, spawning €78M+ in profit enhancement.
  • Cultivated >€725M in new EMEA sales and forged dozens of strategic alliances in just 2 years.
  • Trialed new GTM models via Cloud UCaaS pilots with €56M to €94M in forecasted revenue.

SIGNATURE STRENGTHS

Direct/Partner Solution Selling | Channel Development & Management | Product & Solution Management | New Partner & Client Acquisition | P&L Oversight | Virtual & Matrixed People Management | Multilingual English/German/French

Do you see and hear the difference? Given the chaotic interdependence of global economies it often makes good sense for job seekers to pursue roles in companies large and small in different countries. If this approach is to serve you well, you may need a multinational resume in addition to or instead of a CV. Which do you have now? Which do you need?

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About Cheryl Lynch Simpson

Cheryl is a Career, Job Search & LinkedIn Coach and Master Resume Writer. She has helped clients in >35 industries on 6 continents and has earned 24 global resume writing nominations and awards.

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