It is important to have your CV or Resume in the correct format. In Germany the prefer a Resume for job applications.
- CV – a full history of your academic credentials and details the whole course of your career. Your research experience, rewards, publications and memberships can be included
- Resume – a one or two page document listing the key facts of your professional experience, education and skills. The emphasis is on skills
- You always apply in the language of the job posting, so if the job is advertised in German, your application should be in German as well.
- No longer than two pages
- Include a professional looking photo
- Adjust your emphasis depending on the job requirements – do not elaborate about your financial background if you apply for a programming job. Keep it relevant to the role
- Triple check for spelling and grammar mistakes (you can use a tool like Grammarly)
- At a minimum you should list your profile, personal information, education, works experience, skill set, certifications and language abilities
- Your hobbies and personal interests do not belong on a German resume
- Profile – a short description or introduction about yourself, your skills, experience and qualifications – again keep it relevant to the role. Almost like an elevator pitch
- Personal information – Include your first and last name, nationality, date of birth, contact information and a photo. You could also add your marital status.
Documents to attach to your application:
- Cover letter
- Proof of education if asked
|CV / Resume||Der Lebenslauf|
|Cover Letter||Das Anschreiben|
|Interview||Das Bewerbungsgespräch / Vorstellungsgespräch|
|Study curriculum||Das Studium|
e.g Bachelor Degree is Der Bachelorabschluss
Career coaching – we added a pdf file with questions and answers from a career coach