How to write a CV for Germany

Updated: Oct 1

A resume or a CV (curriculum vitae) is a summary of your academic and professional qualifications, achievements, contributions, extracurricular activities, and technical skills. Writing a CV is not rocket science. You just need to keep in mind that every country or continent has its preferences when it comes to structures and contents.

Tips to put together a perfect CV for Germany, here we go!!

  • Attractive to the eye of the reader – make your CV appealing by choosing an appropriate font. Remember that it is your very own Marketing tool which supposed to show off your skills and experience at first glance!

  • Personal details : include your details like First and last name, Date of birth, Nationality and Contact information

  • Education : include the names of all institutions as well as the date you attended school & university. This should be stated in reverse order: university before school.

  • Career History: clearly and truthfully state your work status, highlight with bullet points to show 3 to 7 of the most important tasks. Mention your responsibilities and achieved goals

  • Skills: list your other qualifications, skills or achievements that are relevant.

  • Keep it snappy & short : keep it short - no longer than two pages by using bullet points rather than long paragraphs.

  • Do some research : get an impression of the most common skills and tasks required. Use this information to create your qualified CV that matches the requirements perfectly.

  • Keep it factual: Don't waste anybody´s time, be true and honest about yourself.

  • Be aware of linguistic errors : double check it as you might lose your dream university or job on spelling errors.

  • Max 1-2 pages long: For all the information you want to put, do not cross 2 pages. If you can limit it to one page, even better.

  • Include a professional picture

  • Mention only relevant details: something you achieved 10 years ago has no relevance.

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