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5 Resume Writing Strategies For Abroad Jobs

At least 90% of the job positions I applied for, I get shortlisted.

Here are the 5 resume writing Strategies that have always worked for me.

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5 Resume Writing Strategies For Abroad Jobs


Understanding the Purpose of a Resume

When you realize that a CV just has one job, your application procedure becomes much easier.
to sell you something.

A resume is, indeed, a marketing tool. If it doesn’t Sell You, forget about it. No matter how strong your skills or how talented you are, you will not smell the interview door.

Your CV is your messenger, and you are the king. It must accurately portray you and express your message.

Here’s what you should know:

This question should be repeated for each sentence in your resume.

  • Is this sentence persuading me to take on this role?
  • Is this information given clearly?
  • Is my resume better off without it? If yes, keep; else, remove
  • Will the hiring manager see me as a member of their team after reading this resume?

A clean, short, and snappy resume that appropriately markets you is essential. Check to see if your resume can perform this function.

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Simple resumes are my favourite.

I recently deleted previous work experiences from 10-12 years ago and combined them into a single episode.

Their days are numbered. Assume I have more than four years of job experience in Canada.
I doubt that any Canadian employer would require my Nigerian job experience to make a hiring choice in Canada.

Furthermore, previous employment experience contributed more extra pages to your résumé. This isn’t cool and makes a resume look complex. Learn how to combine several employment episodes into one.

And at the end, you would have been able to reduce several pages into two pages.

Keep your resumes brief and straightforward. They should be clear, simple, and to the point.

Review the contents of your resume, paying special attention to previous job experiences and details.


Consider the next person.

I recently spoke with a client. He asked me to assist him in reviewing his résumé. I asked him to explain some of the information on his resume. On this résumé, he utilized ambiguous titles and terms. He explained that they both meant the same thing. I concurred with him.

The problem is that the individual doing the shortlisting may be oblivious. Unfortunately, you will not be present to explain.

I informed him:
Assume the hiring manager went on vacation and handed the responsibility of shortlisting to a subordinate. Would this administrative officer consider you for a position based on this information? Perhaps not.

My recommendation:

  • Employers will comprehend business terminology if you use them.
  • Use keywords that people are already familiar with.
  • Consider the person on the other side.
  • Are the contents of your CV as straightforward as possible?



I work as a writer. Writers never post an article as soon as they finish a draft.


First drafts are seldom flawless. You may believe otherwise, but they are not the best. I finish the manuscript and go over it at least twice more. I usually get it the next day or so. It aids me in spotting errors and improving my language.

You should follow suit.

You might wonder:

Why go to all this work for something as simple as a resume?

I’ll tell you what:

Your resume is considered intellectual property. You have complete ownership of it.
How can you expect an employer to trust you with a job and clients if you can’t even avoid simple grammatical errors on your resume?

I’ll easily tell you who you are if I can see your resume.

Take good care of it!

Confusion in content

It is not about you in a job application. It is all about the employer.

What do I mean by that?
You must write for the work (the employer), not for yourself. Locate a “common” basis.

For Example:
– Paul worked at XYZ Company as an Administrative, Procurement, and Logistics Officer. He spotted a job posting for an administrative officer online and plans to apply. He listed “Administration, Procurement, and Logistics Officer for XYZ Company” on his résumé. He believes the employer will appreciate his job title and “add-ons.”
Regrettably, it may cause issues.

He wrote for himself, not for his boss.
They’re seeking an administrative officer.
Send a letter to the administrative officer outlining your administrative responsibilities in regard to the tasks they require.

That’s it!
Remember, it’s all about them, not you.




As I previously stated, the purpose of a resume is to get you an interview. Any other information may wait.
Maintain a targeted résumé and avoid confounding the recruiting manager with irrelevant content.
If asked, you can discuss your “other” skills during the interview.

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