Job hunting is not an easy task for the majority of people. For those doing it in another country, speaking a different language, it can be challenging right from the beginning, when writing a resume.
It is not only a matter of translating experience and qualification to the new idiom but understanding how the recruitment system works in that country.
If you’ve checked Lynx’s tips to build a winning Australian resume, you may already have an idea of what to include on the CV to meet employers’ expectations.
But, there is some information foreigners tend to share on their resume that may reduce the chances of landing an interview.
The following are some of the main topics people from overseas usually don’t know how to address and some suggestions made by Lynx’s consultant team on how to approach it.
Language skill. The recruitment specialist Debora Compri says candidates should state language proficiency only when it is applicable. If it is going to be crucial to communicate in a second language in that job, besides English, it’s worthy of mention.
Although she said there is no right or wrong in this situation, she does not recommend specifying your English skill level either.
“Your resume is like your business card. This card may catch the attention of recruiters. Based on it, they will call you for an interview. That is why it is essential that you only inform what is relevant to each position,” told her.
Visa requirements. Many international students living in Australia are eligible to work 40 hours in a fortnight. Some other visa holders may have different restrictions, such as a six-month work limitation. Should they add this information to the resume?
According to Debora, “when we look for jobs in our own countries, we don’t write how many hours we are allowed to work every week. If you put on your resume that you are available for 20 hours a week, your chances of going to interview are minimal.”
The expert said applicants don’t have to lie, but they’ll have the opportunity to talk about their visas during the interview.
“The first step is to make a perfect resume because you use this document to show your intention to get the job and land an interview. Then, while meeting with the employers, I’d explain the circumstances, because they may like you and make arrangements around your visa conditions. They could change a full-time position to a part-time job, for example,” Debora said.
The Lynx recruitment specialist Shania George tells it is not a legal requirement to specify visa limitations in job applications. However, hiring managers will need to be aware of it before signing any contracts.
Candidates who wish to let employers know about their visa obligations during the application process should do it in the cover letter.
“Your cover letter is probably the best place, as you can explain why they should still hire you. Consider contacting the company you are applying for a job. You may be able to negotiate a position that works around your visa restrictions,” she said.
Translations – Job-hunters from countries where English is not the official language may fall into the trap of literally translating the name of previous companies and job titles.
Debora says that there is no need to include accents, as native speakers won’t understand it. Applicants should also write in English part of the institutions’ names that can reveal what they are, such as Bank, University, College, and Firm.
“You can also have a look at resumes of people working in the same field in Australia. LinkedIn is a free tool where you can search for the job title and find people in similar roles. Some profiles are well-written, others are not so good. But if you examine 15 resumes, you’ll get to know what vocabularies they use to describe what they do,” Debora said.
She also suggests count on the help of a specialist to adapt the resume to the Australian format. According to her, recruitment experts may be able to help candidates to tailor a resume to meet the national criteria.
Lynx people are a team of specialists focusing on placing foreigners in the top Australian companies. They also have the expertise to assist people from overseas in adjusting their resume to the Australian standard.
If you are willing to be successful in your job search by building a winning resume, contact Lynx People today.