American employers expect C.V’s and we highly recommend to have the updated CV.
Tips For the independent participant, the C.V. may be your initial introduction to a prospective employer. It is very important to make your C.V. look good from the start.
When you write your C.V. make sure that you tailor it to the particular position and employer to which you are applying. DO NOT use a generic C.V. and forward it to every employer as the C.V. will look unprofessional and the employer will not take it seriously. For each new position to which you apply, you should create a C.V. written specifically for that position.
After you research a particular position, your C.V. should highlight the particular skills and experiences relevant to that employer/position. Anything which is not relevant can be discarded from that particular C.V.. There are a number of points that you should keep in mind when writing your C.V..
Sell yourself - highlight the skills and experiences relevant to a specific position. Use action words - these words will make your descriptions more powerful. Use reverse chronological order - your most recent work experience should appear first. Check grammar and spelling - some employers will discard a C.V. immediately upon finding a spelling mistake. If English is your second language, and you are not sure whether you have used proper grammar, have a friend or teacher who is more comfortable with the language check your work.
Nothing is more likely to secure your job than a professional and friendly telephone conversation with your prospective employer. A phone call may also be a necessity, as some employers provide only a phone and fax number on the Internet. Faxing your application and C.V. may be risky because employers receive hundreds of C.V.s by fax and may be reluctant to respond to prospective employees from foreign countries. The best way to contact an employer is to call the Human Resource Manager (the person who is in charge of hiring decisions) of the company to which you are applying. This may be an expensive method for obtaining a job, so we recommend that you only use this once you know that you are interested in the company and jobs are available. "Cold calling" (calling for the first time without connections to the company), is difficult and may result in numerous calls before you find someone interested in hiring you. Call those companies you know are looking for seasonal employees.
Also, when calling, please remember the time difference! Most phone numbers will go to offices, but occasionally you may call someone's home, and there is no better way to ensure you're NOT getting a job than disturbing a person and his/her family at 3 am!