Job applications

CVs, resumes and interviews

Job applications

The application process for jobs in Egypt will vary depending on how you found the job. Most online listings request a full U.K.-style CV and a cover letter.

As a general rule, have a full CV and cover letter at hand when you are searching for work, and especially if you are visiting offices in person. Your CV should list your education background and work experience in reverse chronological order. Your name, nationality and birth date should be at the top.

You should also list any accomplishments or awards that relate to your field of choice, again in reverse chronological order. Be thorough, but don’t go over the top with details. If it’s not readily apparent how something would relate to your qualifications for the position, leave it off your CV.

Your cover letter should cover your salient qualifications and educational history in simple, direct prose. Keep the language simple and professional, and avoid exaggeration.

No matter where you are applying for work, your employer will likely want to see a CV. She may attach more or less weight to it depending on whether you are a referral, someone she knows personally or a random applicant.

Interview etiquette

If you are applying for a job from overseas, your employer may opt to interview via video conference or a voice over internet protocol such as Skype . If so, take care that you are punctual and that the electronic equipment involved is in solid working order. Remember to dress appropriately – just because you are a half a world away does not mean your employer won’t take your presentation into account. Also make sure to minimize any background noise. You don’t want a television or a barking dog spoiling your chance at employment.

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