This movement, of course, is predicated on the industry sector or market vertical for any executive but the globalization of the workplace provides worldwide opportunities in any sector or vertical.
Languages fluency can be an advantage but it is not a deal-breaker that inhibits relocating to new global markets given that English is nowthe universal business communications tool. Further, cultural differences are diminishing rapidly as we converge iPhones or Androids in hand to a common communication style with one another.
The Global CV
Resume (CVs) are the most ubiquitous tool of the job search in any country. Though their emphasis in the initial search process is decreasing, eventually one needs to have something tangible to handover to human resources/personnel for their records. Certainly it is assumed that the hiring manager would want a document to review and use as a contextual format for the actual interview with a candidate.
We still erroneously assume that resume styles diverge markedly from one another in Asia, Europe and the Americas when, in fact, they are converging. The new global resume is an amalgam of the more modern USA look with the content expectations of Europe and Asia. This is because former notions of resume construction have dissolved or gone by the wayside with the advent of the internet and the digital resume.
Length of the Resume
If you are not writing an academic CV which has remained fairly traditional and consistent, then the conventional wisdom about the length of a resume is now blurred across continents. The dated rule of the one page resume lingers only in the MBA resume book, but for executives in the workplace, the length of a resume has no hard and fast rules.
The one page resume has given way to multiple pages because when read digitally, as 99% are nowadays, the length is ignored while scrolling down the screen. Thus, American resumes have come more into alignment with the typical length of European and Asian resume standards, e.g. two or more pages.
More and more, European and Asian resumes are including photographs. Of course this is problematic in the USA due to discrimination issues and potential for litigation. However, a photo is considered a given on Linkedin.com. Including a one’s linkedin.com URL in the contact section of the resume is an alternate option that can be used anywhere.
Far more personal information is offered up on European, South American and Asian resumes than in the USA. Outside the UK, it was traditionally expected that one disclose age, and marital status. This is less and less the case as recruiters are expecting information to be relevant to the position.
Personal interests and hobbies are looked for globally to gauge a well-rounded cultural as well as cultural relevancy. In the USA, personal interests are given less attention and considered more extraneous information for the most part compared to Europe.
Layout and Language
It is important to Anglicize words to British spelling not American for most of Asia, and the UK. American spelling can be acceptable in Europe and Latin America and may even please recruiters in some countries there. Not all resumes are on the same size paper, and even if read online initially, they will be printed eventually. Check the country you are targeting for paper size. For example in the UK resumes are printed on A4 paper (297mm X 210mm) while American ones are on Legal (216mm X 279mm). Be sure to set the paper size for printing on the resume you send.
Make it Memorable
Aside from the differences noted above, resumes today are astutely focused on your accomplishments, abilities, and branding. How you sell yourself is far more important than anything else. That is where you should place your attention and emphasis.