Resume vs. CV for UK Jobs

I have a question for you London-based monkeys.

I am an American applying for a UK-based position and I am uncertain how to properly format my application. I have always used the one-page M&I resume template here in the States, but from what I gather on the internet, people in the UK mostly use a 2-3 page CV instead. Still, I've seen some atrocious USA resume advice on the internet, so I'm weary of trusting what I read for UK CVs.

First of all, is the use of a multi-page CV as opposed to a one-page resume correct for financial roles in the UK?

Second, if it is, is there a strong template out there that I can use to build mine off of, much like how many people in the US use the M&I or WSO template?

Third, are there local do's or don't that I should specifically be aware of? For example, in America, if you put a picture on your resume you're a clown, and there's generally no reason for a "objectives" section because everyone knows the objective is to get a job. I want to make sure I don't make any obvious cultural mistakes.

Thank you in advance for any help.

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  • Assist. VP in RE - Comm
Jul 11, 2020 - 11:28am

Thanks to both of you. I appreciate it - especially the company explanation part.

Are there any main differences between the US format at the UK format then? Here is the WSO Format and the M&I Format for reference.

I'm a hiring manager, so I know how to write a resume and what an employer would be looking for in America. I'm more making sure I don't fail on any UK specific norms.

Jul 11, 2020 - 11:50am

I think that most people will use something similar to the M&I template. 2 pages is the norm for non-finance careers (e.g. corporate law) which is why those websites advise a 2 pager. But yeah, it's 1 page for finance stuff.

In the UK, we use A4 not US letter, so switch to that. Also make sure to use UK terms, i.e. "analysed" not "analyzed", "maths" not "math" etc.

Also, it is standard to list High School + grades in the UK. My American friend was shocked when HR called him up asking for his AP Classes + grades! Given you are an Ass. VP I don't think it matters, just have them on hand in case they are asked for.

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