December 5, 2008

This is our regular column called Ask a Brazilian”, the idea being that you can quite literally ask a question of a Brazilian – for those issues you aren’t sure about but perhaps dare not ask someone else. It is meant as a bit of fun and answers should not be construed as expert opinion or the definitive reply on the matter. For that reason we ask you to please send your own comments and experiences in order to add to our replies.

How are Brazilian resumes/CVs commonly written and formatted? What advice would you give a foreigner or expatriate who is applying for a job in Brazil? Is it important to have both English and Portuguese versions of a resume? Thanks.

— Kathleen

Hi, Kathleen,

Do exactly as you commonly do. A Curriculum Vitae in Brazil should be like anywhere, make it the same format as in the type of business you are and you’ll be all right (no pictures for financial, if you know what I mean).

Yes you should have a Portuguese version, if you’re working with Brazilians.

My advise, thank God you asked, is that if you find it hard to make a Portuguese version of your resume you probably still need to learn some more Portuguese before applying for a job in Brazil.

Can I tell you some more advice? Once in Brazil be with Brazilians. You won’t go any further than a regular job if not.

There are thousands of opportunities, there is a lot of work to do to. If you’re willing to help good people need help and good skills will be welcome.

Boa sorte,


Readers comments:

The resumes in Brazil are very similar to the USA. However, personal information is allowed and people use it to show consistency with graduation and jobs dates, etc.

One thing is very important, being yourself in the resume makes you unique.

— Grace

Are there any burning questions you have about Brazil, or other issues that you’re curious about, such as Brazilian culture? If so, send your questions to with “Ask a Brazilian” in the subject. We will forward to our Brazilian experts, and publish the best questions (and replies) on the site.

Previous articles in this series:

Ask a Brazilian: Gender Stereotypes
Ask a Brazilian: Answering a Question
Ask a Brazilian: Revoked Visa
Ask a Brazilian: Pedestrian Problems
Ask a Brazilian: Trash
Ask a Brazilian: Tiles
Ask a Brazilian: Headlights
Ask a Brazilian: Differences and Love
Ask a Brazilian: What Do the Police Do?
Ask a Brazilian: Contractor Frustrations
Ask a Brazilian: English Books and Brazilian Boys
Ask a Brazilian: Cold Cahaca
Ask a Brazilian: Interruptions
Ask a Brazilian: Travel and Security Concerns
Ask a Brazilian: Gestures and Toys
Ask a Brazilian: Hispanics or Latinos, and Duvets
Ask a Brazilian: Overbearing Sogros
Ask a Brazilian: Hotels and Bank Transfers
Ask a Brazilian: Swimming, Showers and New Year’s
Ask a Brazilian: Making Friends
Ask a Brazilian: Female Etiquette
Ask a Brazilian: Washing Machines
Ask a Brazilian: Picking Teeth
Ask a Brazilian: Lozenge or Candy?
Ask a Brazilian: Liberal or Jealous?
Ask a Brazilian: Truck Wheels
Ask a Brazilian: Tolerance
Ask a Brazilian: Screens
Ask a Brazilian: Brazilian Wax
Ask a Brazilian: Flashing Lights
Ask a Brazilian: Lemon and Limes
Ask a Brazilian: Shocking Showers

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