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How do resumes differ from country to county and just how important is having a country-specific resume? Can the resume that got you a job in the United Kingdom be used for the Australian job market? Do you really have to design a new resume depending on the country? The answer is simple. Just as every resume and cover letter you write needs to be targeted and focused toward the company you are applying for, the same concept is applied toward the job market you are applying for. Different countries expect and require certain information to be present on resumes. Therefore it is critical your new resume meets the unique requirements of that country. Just because one country requires including personal details such as marital status or date of birth does not mean this standard applies to others. Not only can this be seen as inappropriate, it can also possible be illegal, and your resume will be deleted before it has even been read!

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Interested in an international career? Since the global financial crisis, massive geopolitical and economic shifts have started to take place. Wealth, power, and influence are moving away from the United States and Europe and towards high growth emerging markets such as China, South East Asia, Brazil, Mexico, and Africa. While the total collapse of the western world is not likely, it's indisputable that western economies will increasingly depend on the robust growth and consumer markets in middle class populations springing up around the world.

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