The perfect application: 10 tips for your CV

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The perfect CV - what is the point of the Application at?

An aborted law school? From six months backpacking were three years to Australian beaches? Whoever writes a CV is also confronted with the less success-oriented stations of his life.

The formalities of the application are constantly changing: Is a photo still a prerequisite? Which font should be chosen? What language? Here are ten current monster tips from Dr. Job that put an end to the headaches and help you sort your thoughts. The perfect CV is characterized by a clear structure and selected facts.

Tips for applicants: 10 steps to the shiny CV

  1. gapless Gaps are not appreciated. Try to put these time sections into a positive light. For example, a stay abroad can be a valuable experience for a new orientation or cultural exchange. In any case, avoid lying lies to fill small gaps.
  2. layout For cover letter and CV you should choose a uniform design, also regarding font and font size. Points can be used with sans serif fonts such as Arial or Calibri. Times New Roman, on the other hand, has gotten older and no longer up-to-date. It is also important that you do not jump back and forth between different layouts. Less is usually more: Imagine, the person is not even taking five minutes to read a CV. Since a proper structure in the direct comparison often makes the difference. Some companies are no longer demanding a photo by the way; then you are left to decide whether to submit one. Please inform yourself about a possible hint in the company webpage. Also, do not forget: a signature with a suitable pen, as well as the place and date to scan and paste into the CV.
  3. relevance Your professional career is the most important and therefore comes first. Start with the most recent station and continue chronologically backwards. You should refrain from giving birth and name changes, as well as the names of your parents, your partner's profession, and your religious affiliation, which is no longer relevant. Oh so, the information about family status or whether you have children, you do not need to specify. These topics can still be explained in a personal interview. Also, whether or not to specify your abitute is nowadays dependent on the position and status of your career. It can not be missed when you start your career, but after ten years of professional experience, you can safely skip the entry. Internships from the school days are then also unnecessary filling material, with which you convince no person.
  4. Compact For beginners, the rule of thumb is: 20 percent Personal, 80 percent education. For applicants with professional experience: 10 Percentage Personal, 30 Percentage Training and 60 Percentage of Career. Have you just finished your studies? Then the school runway and topics of the thesis still play a role. After a few years of working life, however, you should focus on your current positions by briefly explaining them. Always keep in mind that the curriculum vitae should not be longer than two pages in the A4 format. Reduce content that does not add value to the company.
  5. Soft Skills Soft skills are important features and should not be missing in a full CV. It is important, however, that they are in a meaningful context to the respective place. As an association's board, you may be able to prove a great organization, which is indispensable for a project manager. That you are also a great tenor is perhaps less relevant to the person who is looking for a statistician. An elegant way is the integration of soft skills in the cover letter by assigning the hard facts from the CV to the appropriate soft skills.
  6. Sports and hobbies Two to three figures are quite sufficient. Consider the effect they produce. A predilection for "lonely walks", for example, does not exactly mean team spirit. But here the counseling world is divided - some recommend these private supplements, others advise. Try to remain authentic. Special strengths can always be kept under an extra point.
  7. additional qualifications As in the case of the soft skills, the following applies: Select a specific selection of the relevant training measures to match the job you are applying for. As a translator you probably do not have to master five programming languages.
  8. short stays If you were briefly employed in a company due to external circumstances, such as a merger, it is perfectly correct to state this factually. A separation for reasons that lie in your person can be presented as a "temporary employment relationship" or "desire to reorientate".
  9. In English Only write your CV in English if this is expressly required by you. Please note that English CVs follow different rules. For example, personal information such as gender, height, weight, family status, or ethnic origin is not desirable in the US.
  10. The Red Thread In general, it is good if you have a concrete career goal in mind and direct your career path in straight paths. But also with one or other industry change you can create a positive effect. It is important that you provide them with a convincing explanation and underline that you have demonstrated great flexibility and now have a broad knowledge and a strong sense of experience.

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