How to write the right application with a CV/Resume in german style
Tips for applying for a job in Germany
Are you looking for a job in Germany? Don´t know how to write an application with a cover letter and resume / CV? This part of my homepage will show you how to write a resume/curriculum vitae. I will also give my personal tips and show you the difference between an English and German application.
First of all you should know that an application can make the difference on your future. So your resume and cover letter should be perfect and without any mistakes in spelling or grammar. The layout should also be well presented. Your resume should follow a standard format to make the process for the employer easier.
We will start with the cover letter for your application. You should always remember: “First impressions count”. The Cover letter is the first opportunity to present yourself. You have only one DIN A4 page to write why you are the right person for this job and why you are applying for this specific company. You could also write about your strengths and experience. You should choose short and simple sentences, which are suitable for the position. The following facts should be in your cover letter
How to write a cover letter for Germany
We will start with the cover letter for your application. You should always remember: “First impressions count”. The Cover letter is the first opportunity to present yourself. You have only one DIN A4 page to write why you are the right person for this job and why you are applying for this specific company. You could also write about your strengths and experience. You should choose short and simple sentences, which are suitable for the position.
The following facts should be in your cover letter
How to write a CV/Resume in German style
The tabular curriculum vitae is the most popular CV in Germany. It looks like a datasheet and isn´t longer than 2 pages. The tabular vitae consists of 2 columns. The left column shows the category and the subcategories and the right side is filled with your personal information. To structure your CV you can use these subcategories:
- Personal Information: name, address, phone number, e-mail, nationality (optional), date of birth, place of birth, marital status (optional) and CV picture*
- Professional Experience: You should concentrate on the most relevant information and begin with your most recent work experience. You should also enter details about your work experience and write about your position.
- Education: You should start with your most recent experiences in education.
- Extracurricular Activities: Usually you should start with your most recent extracurricular involvement.
- Skills: Write about your languages, achievements and IT Skills.
- Interests: Write about your hobbies.
Finally, you have finished your CV/Resume. Remember to include your name, the date and your location.
Should I include a photograph of myself in my CV? – In Germany, yes of course!
It is not common practice to include a picture on your CV in the USA or GB due to anti-discrimination laws (law of anti-discrimination). Germany however, differs in this respect. In Germany your CV or Resume usually includes a picture of yourself. It looks similar to a passport picture but instead you can smile. The CV picture should be located in the upper right corner of the page and adds a personal touch to your CV/Resume. Your CV picture will also help your employer to remember you. Whilst it is not a requirement it is definitely common practice in Germany. You may choose not to include a picture if you so wish, but it is important to be aware that employers will be looking for it and may be surprised if you do not include it.
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