Your application provides the company with a first impression. The employer does not know you and obtains all the necessary information from your application. Application documents that are disorderly or incomplete are generally discarded first. This means that a perfect application portfolio is a must.
Pay attention to a uniform layout, different font sizes, line spacing, alignment (justified or left-justified), structure, grammar and spelling. The portfolio should be adapted to suit the job vacancy.
Applications in Germany
The covering letter contains a brief description of your personal profile and presents you as the ideal candidate. It should generally take up one side and convince the personnel manager that you are the right person for the job. Pay attention to the structure of the text and make sure that all the requirements mentioned in the job advert are covered, with examples, as appropriate. Use only positive formulations. The covering letter must be written individually for each job application.
Your CV should generally cover two sides, but may be extended to a maximum of three sides for people with a lot of professional experience.
Here, structure and clarity are the most important aspects. The reader should be able to see quickly what knowledge and experience you have.
The first block contains personal data. Then come the most important facts that make you suitable for the job—in applications for practical semesters/internships, theses, or starting a career, this is always your degree subject! The most recent information is always given first.
Your CV may also have to partly adapted to suit the job vacancy.
Please invest in a professional photo! An application photo is not compulsory in Germany, but is still usual. If you do add a photo, make sure it shows you from your best side!
Please limit yourself to around eight to ten relevant appendices, such as current marks, enrolment certificate, evidence of compulsory practical experience/internships, evidence and certificates of training, your university entrance qualifications, any relevant documentation concerning practical placements/internships, etc. Any other documents can be added later, if required.
If you are applying abroad, please contact us directly—according to the place and country, there are differences that have to be taken into account.