How to tailor your CV to gain a job working in Colombia
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While each and every one of us has created a CV or resume at some point in our lives, in order to achieve the best possible position working in Colombia it is advisable to tailor your CV for this purpose and make it more international-friendly. While working in Colombia, many hiring managers may speak English well and require English speakers, but while reading through CVs, it is possible they may miss valuable information if you are not clear.
Your CV or resume is the first impression someone gets of you in any job, so a well written CV will increase your chances of working in Colombia. The first impression can be the difference between gaining an interview or having your CV thrown out never to be read again. Whether applying for a teaching job or another job to begin working in Colombia, a CV is an important showcase of your skills and achievements.
When applying for jobs in an international market it is important to create an international CV. You will have created CVs or resumes in the past for universities or jobs in your native country, but to look for jobs internationally it is important to change parts of your CV or resume adjusting it for this. CVs are generally considered to be useful only for formal education or applications in the United States, and resumes (that have less detail) are more commonly used for jobs. In Europe, Asia, the Middle East, Africa, and other parts of the world, CVs are more commonly used when applying for jobs. CVs generally contain more information than resumes and more detail about an individual’s background.
Information to include:
In an international CV, and specifically when applying for a job working in Colombia, it is important to highlight your education experiences, academic achievements, your ability to adapt to new situations, and any necessary qualifications. While many Colombians have a good grasp of English, it is important to use clear simple language in your CV to avoid confusion and so it can easily be translated (e.g. avoid using abbreviations). If you are applying for a job to begin working in Colombia in a role that requires a native English speaker, make sure this is highlighted on your CV. If you aren’t a native speaker, highlight your fluency levels, any courses you have taken, and anything else you have achieved in English. An international CV may require more information than a general CV such as a telephone number with a country code at the beginning. Many CVs require a headshot attached so potential employees can identify the candidate and decide if they are professional or not.
If you are looking to begin working in Colombia as an English teacher, you should include details about any relevant teaching qualifications including the number of teaching hours completed and the course accreditation, along with any ESL-related experience, public speaking experience, coaching, general teaching experience, and your travel experience.
- An international CV should include the following information:
- Personal information – the usual: nationality, any work visas held or previously held in that country, or any corresponding ID cards.
- Education – any formal education or qualifications in the desired field followed by the locations of courses attended.
- Skills – include any language skills and proficiencies, role related skills and any additional skills which may be beneficial for the job.
- Work Experience – list your past experiences, include locations of jobs and job titles but use clear concise descriptions and put the most relevant first.
- Accomplishments – highlight any accomplishments, any travel experience, experience working abroad, and any accomplishments related to the job role.
Be sure to follow these simple guidelines to help tailor your CV to an international job market or for working in Colombia. These guidelines will give you the greatest possible advantage when applying for potential jobs to begin working in Colombia.
Written by: Anny Wooldridge