How to create the perfect CV:
The CV is one of the most important application documents. It’s perhaps even the most important part. Together with a suitable, professional picture, it gives the employer all the essential information about your career at first glance – and, as we all know, this is what counts!
In addition to your personal details, the following information are important in your CV:
- Education and professional experience
- Internships & student part-time jobs
- Stays abroad
- Knowledge & skills
- Awards and scholarships
- Further training & certification
- Voluntary activities
- Publications and lectures
The CV should be individually designed and not correspond to the online templates. Ideally, this should not exceed the maximum length of 2 pages.
When structuring and designing your CV, it is not only the individual sections and their logical arrangement that are important, but also the right level of detail. In general, we advise you to organize your professional experience according to individual stations and topicality and to provide the respective duration with exact monthly and annual details. In particular, it is important that you list your position, role and main tasks concisely – preferably with bullet points and keywords or short sentences, so that even those outside your field can understand what you have achieved.
You should emphasize all relevant experience and skills for the position you are applying for: If you are applying for a project manager position, outline the successes you have achieved in terms of completed projects, employee/team structure and budget responsibility. When applying for a specialist position, it is again important to focus on your previous activities and the methods and tools you have used.
List as much as necessary and as little as possible. Make sure you remain authentic, even when it comes to gaps in your CV. Do not try to conceal them, but deal with them openly. You can take part in suitable further training courses during periods without employment or use this time to prepare for work. You can easily mention any parental leave in your CV.
You should also proceed in the same way for your training stations in terms of content – it is also advisable to name the topic and grading of your final theses or degrees.
You can add your list of publications to your CV as a separate page or as a link under your personal details.
A signature and date at the end of the CV are no longer required.
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