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High Impact CVs: 52 brilliant ideas for making your résumé sensational by John Middleton

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32Transatlantic issues

CVs that work here won’t necessarily work elsewhere. Be sure to arm yourself with a pond-crossing, stateside stunner of a résumé.

George Bernard Shaw’s observation that the US and the UK are ‘two nations divided by a common language’ still holds good today. Don’t let a shared core of vocabulary fool you into thinking that you know what your transatlantic business chums are talking about!

For example, to ‘table’ a motion in a British boardroom will see it discussed. In America, ‘tabling’ something will see it put firmly on the back burner. Anybody planning to apply for a job in the US will need to be alert to these types of shifts in meaning, but converting a CV into an American-style résumé requires more than just ...

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