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The CVs for applying for a new job cause applicants a lot of headaches. a lot of headaches. Too many things have to be considered and this document is the most important part of the application. Knowledge must be included, personal details must be personal details. We are often asked how best to write a CV and what mistakes to avoid. and which mistakes to avoid. How do you make your application for a vacancy or an apprenticeship a success? We have many valuable tips asTemplateand today we would like to show you show you piece by piece what is important and howYour curriculum vitaebecomes unique. We will provide you with the appropriate sample or template is available free of charge as aWordfile and asPDFtoDownloadat available.

Have you ever thought about the fact that you will only use the only have to write your CV once in your professional life and then and only need to add to it and update it later? update it? A lot of data such as some personal details as well as school and training/studies remain the same. Just like the professional experience, which gradually fills your CV. So you only need to add to the data after each activity and not write a new CV each time. Only once in once in your life - it is worth spending a lot of time and effort. time and effort.

Of course in this part of the application, you must regularly update the date and, if necessary, personal data in this part of the application.

Our Curriculum vitae - that is our professional life. There are ups and sometimes we deviate a little from the straight and narrow and sometimes there is a there is a small interruption.Every job offers a new important experience, every job new knowledge. All this must be in our application in such a way that a stranger (apotential employer) has the overview after a short time. Join us now as we show you how to make yourCurriculum vitae for the applicationcreate. Step by step with a checklist at the end and FAQ to go with it. For your brainstorming you will find many templates and samples here - each example can inspire you anew. Benefit from our tips.

Preparatory work for a successful CV

1) Create First create a chronological overview of the individual career stages. (Later you will sort them again according to sort them by categories). Start with secondary school - you don't have to include You do not have to enter the primary school years. This is followed by training or studies and perhaps some work experience. Now you have a first personal template for your curriculum vitae.

2) After that compile your professional experiences. Think about each job each job and write down the specifics of what you have experienced. you have experienced. Make a note of extraordinary successes, Find out what was particularly important. Perhaps you can find one or more activities that is worth mentioning. worth mentioning. What knowledge have you acquired, what qualifications acquired?

Some people reach into a well-sorted folder for this compilation of others have the necessary files on their computer, and some create on the computer and some create a memory log of the various jobs. of the various jobs. Either way, it is now time to collect your data. to record your data.

3) Furthermore you will need all the references for the individual jobs and certificates.

Now you have you have gained a rough overview and need to think about think about any gaps in your CV or missing documents. documents.

If not yet not yet done: Create a folder on your PC for your your applications and scan in all the necessary documents. Please give them file names that make sense to you and to strangers. for you and for strangers. Now you can start designing your individual curriculum vitae.

The Individual parts of your application such as cover letter, CV, cover sheet, certificates and profile should be saved both as a Word document as well as a pdf file. Important: Your pdf files should not a certain size so that the company can company can receive them without any problems. We recommend a total size of 1.5 MB. If your application exceeds this size, you can reduce the files with separate programmes to reduce the size.

Structure of the curriculum vitae

Today it is It is common practice today to prepare the curriculum vitae in tabular form in two columns and divide it into subcategories. Quite simple and simple and uncomplicated: In the left-hand column you write the dates of the respective jobs or other employment. It is not necessary to enter the individual details for each day, Monthly two-digit entries are sufficient, as in this example:

01/2001 - 12/2005

In this way This column shows, for example, how seamless the applicant's professional the professional activity of the applicant(s) has been. (We will come to gaps in the gaps in the CV and tips on how to deal with them).

The In most cases, the time entries are made in chronological in descending order, so the current activity is at the top. top position. (see our examples and templates.) This structure is structure is maintained in all sections of the curriculum vitae. Likewise in the profile and the overview of certificates, if applicable. (You will also find the appropriate template).

In the column on the right, you will find information on schools, universities and companies. It is optimal if you indicate your occupation and below that the name or company name and the location of the company headquarters:

Assistant of the management
Sample company in sample city

Some applicants leave it at these spartan details, but we do not recommend this. not recommend. More information can't hurt and so it it makes sense to list the type of work and the scope of the job here. list the job

Trainee
Sample company in sample city
Activities:

  • ....

  • ....

  • ....

If you follow these first steps, you have the basic framework for your your CV.

Visual design of the curriculum vitae

You want attention, want to highlight special things in your CV and be creative in the process. This is all well and good, but the formatting of your CV must not become colourful and exhausting. become. "A lot helps a lot" - that is at this point inappropriate.

Use Please use only one, maximum two fonts in your CV, preferably Arial or New Times. These two fonts are readable in readable in any programme and on any device and will not turn into illegible hieroglyphics if the recipient's office program does not does not suit the recipient. You can vary the font size vary the font size. Here, too, you should not exaggerate and do not choose a font size for headings that is oversized. For the general part Font size 10 or 11 is optimal.

You want to colour headlines? Why not? Keep in mind that certain colours have a certain effect on the reader and that the font the reader and that the font colours should harmonise with the layout of your with the layout of your application documents. (A bright red is obtrusive and unpleasant, while colours that are too light and inconspicuous and inconspicuous colours are difficult to recognise and are tiring to read). As a writing programme for your CV (and for your CV (and all other documents), we recommend Word, which is used by most companies. used by most companies.

The The layout, i.e. the graphic design of your application folder, is up to you. up to you. The design depends on the industry in which you work, on your job, but also on your personality. you work in, your job, but also your personality. Let us explain this briefly with an example: Ms Musterfrau applies for a job as a secretary in a large company. She herself is a woman who has both feet on the ground, but is not but is not particularly conspicuous. Would a layout that is layout that is eye-catching and quite colourful? Or should be a little more simple, but still creative? (You will find many samples, templates and examples of design with us. us.)

So think about which layout suits you and your application for the new job. for the new job and let yourself be inspired by the one or inspiration from one or two of the templates on our website. A modern CV does not have to be boring. Try out different colours, shapes and patterns. Feel free to let your your gut feeling and not just your common sense. You will find the right thing! Ask others too, because four eyes see more.

Headings in the curriculum vitae

The CV is divided into different sections. At the top we find personal details and, to the right, often the the application photo. (Important note: If you use a photo for your application please use a really good photo taken by a professional).

It is name and contact details in the header of the application. application. (In some of our samples you will find this implementation).

Personal......how much personal information do you have to disclose? According to the AGG (General Equal Treatment Act), "discrimination on the grounds of discrimination on grounds of race or ethnic origin, sex, religion or gender, religion or belief, disability, age or sexual identity" should be prevented. age or sexual identity" should be prevented or not arise in the first place.

In Germany, the following standard information is "Personal data", the following standard information is usually provided:

Name and First name
Address and e-mail address
Date and -place
Marital status/children

In anonymous application procedures for jobs should exclude all points which - depending on knowledge, qualifications and skills - could affect the selection process, qualifications and skills - could affect the selection process. could affect the selection process.

Optional Optional information in the curriculum vitae is gender, denomination and nationality.

Professional Experience

This section includes your professional activities, what you have worked as worked as and what your job activities were. This Please provide this information in bullet points and not as continuous text.

Training/School/Studies

Here Everything you have learned, the name of the institute or company and the the name of the institute or company and the degree you have achieved - with a with grade. This data can also include the topic of your topic of your Bachelor's/Master's thesis and any practical experience you have you gained during this time.

Internships

For For people starting a career or looking for an apprenticeship, internships are important. internships are important. Most of us do our first internships during school years, with more to follow later. Of course all of the above information must be provided here as well. If you have been it is no longer necessary to include internships in your in your curriculum vitae.

Special Knowledge and skills

Here you don't randomly record everything you know, but rather the things that are relevant to the application or job in question and which and which you have not yet included elsewhere. The can be software knowledge, special technical knowledge or qualifications that have not yet been mentioned but are nevertheless are important.

Languages

For For many professions, German and English language skills are essential and can find a place in your CV with your own assessment of your language skills can find a place in your CV. Other languages are often also of interest and important - depending on the orientation of the company.

Hobbies

Hobbies are, of course, not part of the professional qualifications that need to be need to be mentioned. But they do allow conclusions to be drawn about the applicant. Some hobbies can tell you whether you are applying as an introvert who is more of a loner or whether you are looking at someone or whether you are looking at someone who enjoys being with other people people and has good teamwork and communication skills. communication skills.

Some hobbies are not really welcomed, especially if they endanger health and life. endanger health and life. So don't use your hobbies as a Do not use your hobbies as a template for rejection.

Honorary posts, Social commitment, references

These three headings are optional. They can support your application, but they do not have to be used. In our examples and CV templates, you can see how other applicants have handled it. have done with it.

Curriculum Vitae - CV - Résumé: What is what?

Many people think that the curriculum vitae, résumé and the CV are the same thing. This is not true! In Europe the three terms are often used almost synonymously. We explain important differences:

If you send When you send your résumé to an employer in the USA not a complete list of the applicant's background, but only the information that is relevant and important to the job relevant and important to the job he or she is offering. In bullet points one can list everything that is relevant and important to the future important for the future job without any claim to completeness or chronology.

The CV/CV is reserved for academics in the USA and Canada. It may be very detailed and extensive.

If in If the CV (Curriculum Vitae) is requested and sent out in Germany, it will If the CV (Curriculum Vitae) is requested and sent in Germany, it will usually be an English CV.

Differences:

CV

Curriculum vitae

Résumé


No photo

Application photo usual

No photo

2 - 3 pages

Several pages

1 page

Age, sex, marital status, Religion are not specified

Age, gender, marital status, Religion are optional

Age, Gender, marital status, religion are not specified


Without signature and date

Signature and date are usual

Give references



Checklist for the preparation of the CV

With this list, we provide you with key points on important details in your of your application that you should pay attention to.We provide you with this list as a pdf file, so that you can individual points so that you can work through them and tick them off.

Are all documents available?

Is is there no gaps in the curriculum vitae?

Have designed a suitable layout?

Does Is the design consistent with the other parts of the application?

Are all parts formatted correctly?

Are Are there duplications in the CV/cover letter/profile?

Is the size of the pdf files? (not more than 1.5 MB)

Are Errors present? (Did you use the spell checker?

Have Have you saved your CV as a template in Word or as a pdf file? saved?

Have you carried out the four-eyes principle?

Are yourself satisfied?



Curriculum vitae FAQ

Do you still have questions? Then read our answers to them. So that you do not fall into a trap.

The Curriculum vitae in the application folder

Independent whether you print out your application and send it by post in an application folder or or whether you complete the entire procedure online: you can online: Your CV has a permanent place in your documents!

You can optionally create a cover sheet (you will also find numerous We also have numerous samples for this), which is the first thing the recruiter will see. In addition to your application photo, this cover page can also contain a first profile of you. profile of you. Please do not simply simply copy a part from another document, as this is boring and does not does not show your motivation.

When you When you send out an application folder, you will put the cover letter loose loosely and staple the CV into the folder first.

With an If you are applying online, it is up to you whether you the letter of application as a pdf file in the attachment or use the cover letter as the text of the e-mail.

Europass Curriculum vitae

The Europass curriculum vitae is intended to standardise the qualifications and qualifications and competences of applicants so that they can easily for jobs in all EU countries is possible.Get informed.Here you can find templates for Europass documents.

Formulations in the curriculum vitae

Your CV must be positive, radiate energy and be interesting. interesting. You may now ask yourself how it can be that a CV have a negative and passive aura. This is easy to explain. Here are some examples

  • You are currently without employment. How do you put that in your CV?

  • "Unemployed" - this describes a passive state in which one may have already succumbed.
  • "Jobseeker" - here you are perceived as active, because you are looking, you are not idle and you want change.
  • You had started a degree programme but did not complete it. How do you present that in your CV without immediately creating a negative image? Read for yourself:

  • "Dropped out of university" - what do you as a reader interpret into that? Does that sound rather negative?
  • "Without a degree" or "no degree", that is just as true to the facts, but sounds a little nicer.

Some Applicants simply write the college or university attended and the college or university and the field of study in the case of discontinued studies. They assume that after a the type of degree and the grade after successfully completing the grade. If these details are missing, the recruiter can conclude that the study the recruiter can conclude that the degree was not completed. was not completed.

More frequent Job change

There were there were times when you worked for the same company from the end of your apprenticeship from the end of your training until you reached retirement age. That is hardly ever happen today. On the other hand, there is an increase in frequent change of job. Today it is calculated that a person average of 4 years in a company. A frequent so-called "job hopping" can have many reasons. have. With seasonal work, it is easy to understand. Why why do many more people change jobs more often today than more often than they did years ago?

"Work-life balance - this is one of the most common reasons. It's no longer the big salary is no longer in the foreground for many employees, but rather the but the compatibility of family and career and one's own well-being. Those who who can justify a frequent change of job can and should be be happy to do so. Such a "colourful" curriculum vitae can indeed have have potential. Especially if applicants stand behind their their steps. Often a common thread can be found. Some people want to try out their learned profession in different in different sectors to gain different perspectives. Sometimes you are just looking. So you might know you want to work with people, but you don't know in what form. what form and test different options. Many young people young people wonder whether the path they have chosen is the right one. chosen path is the right one and try it out.

A A "colourful" curriculum vitae does not have to be negative, but rather can have a lot to do with inquisitiveness, openness and diversity. and diversity. You can certainly justify and explain this. Ask yourself about your reasons and your motivation and you will be able to argue successfully. One thing you should one thing you should never do in this context: Whine and complain, complain about your former boss or former colleagues or former colleagues. This does not reflect well on you (no matter what happened) and shows and shows that you have not come to terms with your professional past. finished with your professional past. Work through past professional problems at home problems at home and start your new challenge motivated and in a good challenge.

Hobbies in the curriculum vitae

When we read under hobbies that they include reading and watching television, one could draw the conclusion that we are looking at someone someone who likes to be alone and self-sufficient. In the case of someone who spends his free time doing extreme sports. that he will get injured and be absent from work.

Our Tips:

  • Lead List mainly hobbies that are relevant to the job

  • Name Only name hobbies that you can be asked about.

Especially especially welcome are hobbies that suggest that we enjoy being with other people, communicate well and can integrate into a team. integrate into a team.

Children and marital status in the life course

First of all: You do not have to mention children and marital status in your CV. But you can. If you make this voluntary statement, it belongs under the heading "Personal". The can then look like this:

Marital status: Married, 2 children

Of course this information must not result in any disadvantages for applicants. applicants. However, you should also ask yourself why you should not provide this information. should give this information. You will be asked about it in the interview anyway. be asked about it anyway. And at the latest when you hand in your employment papers the employer will see your tax class and child allowances.

The fact is, that you cannot lie to your employer about this information when asked. lie to the employer. An employment relationship is based on mutual trust. But it is also a fact that the personal personal details in the curriculum vitae are open to interpretation.

  • If a woman is single and young, marriage may be imminent and she may desire to have children. But this does not have to be the case.

  • A A single father with three small children is likely to be absent more often. be absent more often. But he is absolutely perfect for the vacant for the vacant position in the company. What is particularly particularly important?

Which What questions will a personnel manager ask when reviewing the documents? and what conclusions can he draw?

Employers and employees have to weigh up what is important for them, what can what can happen and what would be the worst case in the job. We all know that life is often unpredictable.....Should you state your declare marital status and children? Decide for yourself!

Gaps in the curriculum vitae

In every CV there are gaps to be found. Let us first define the term. "Gaps in the curriculum vitae". These are usually refers to all the times that we have not spent on education and and profession. This can be, for example, the time between the end of our the end of our studies and the start of our career, or the time spent spent on the family. Maybe there is a time between between the end of one job and the start of the new one, or we have period of time or we have reoriented ourselves professionally. Parental leave, time spent caring for relatives or a sabbatical - these are all gaps in the curriculum vitae, but they are part of life.

Gaps in the curriculum vitae - these can be a few days or weeks that do not require any explanation. Larger gaps of about 2 months or more should be able to be explained. Perhaps you have completed further training (on-site or online) during the time in question, perhaps you have online), perhaps you did some voluntary work. Perhaps you have been waiting for your training to be accepted. for your training. Whatever may have happened - stay honest and always remember that remember that all the information you provide in your application must be verifiable. must be verifiable.

In the meantime But we are also hearing more and more that a complete curriculum vitae is not up to date and not practical in today's practicable in today's world.

Qualification profile or curriculum vitae?

One does not necessarily exclude the other. What must not What should never happen is that you put the same information in your CV and in the qualification profile. However, such a qualification profile is qualifications profile is almost indispensable in certain sectors and professions. Computer skills in particular have their place in a separate profile. profile. This assessment is made subjectively in the form of school grades, the structure is tabular and/or bullet point-like. The period of use is also indicated.

In the In the curriculum vitae, you could use it for the section and knowledge". However, this can only be considered if this knowledge is not too extensive. For each activity we recommend a separate, detailed skills profile for each skills profile for the application. (For the skills profile you are sure to find a suitable sample or an interesting template from us).

Signature under the curriculum vitae

It is not formally required, but nevertheless of great importance: The signature under the CV. With your signature you explicitly confirm the accuracy of the information the information you have given. Please note: Incorrect information in your CV can even if you already have an employment relationship. of the job, even if you are already employed.



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