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Curriculum vitae and CV after submission: 6 tips for professional vita

If you are looking for a job, you need one thing above all: a meaningful, well-structured CV. We show in 6 steps what is important.

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A good resume makes the difference

Sometimes it's bewitched: you put so much effort into your last application - and yet you didn't get the great job. Now it means: "Keep going and don't lose heart!" Here you can find out what really belongs in a good and professional CV. Because if you can sell yourself well and in a contemporary way, you have many advantages.

No matter what job you are applying for, you definitely need a resume. But now it is no longer enough to simply list all the stages of your professional career in succession. There are a few things to consider that will significantly increase your chances of finding a job. A good curriculum vitae is also very useful for active job searches, especially in times of digitalization. Whether it should be printed out or made available as a correctly exported PDF depends on the respective advertisement.

What should the CV do?

The curriculum vitae is only placed behind the cover letter in an application folder, but it is of at least as great importance. Under no circumstances should you underestimate this part of the application and exercise the necessary attention here. The aim of the curriculum vitae is to make it clear, based on your career, what experience you have already gained in your professional career. And it does not matter whether you have just finished school, finished your studies or training or want to change employers.

In order to reach the next level of the application manager, the interview, a professional resume - or the curriculum vitae - is of great importance. HR managers can see at a glance which professional positions you have already completed and which skills and competencies you can demonstrate.

What belongs in a resume? Use standardized structure

In order to make it as easy as possible for decision-makers, there is a standardized structure, which you can make even more attractive with a little skill. There are numerous resume templates and Pattern on the Internet. Please note the placement of the current photo at the beginning. If you use a cover page, the photo will find its place right there. Without the cover page, the photo should be on the top right of the resume. The application photo should definitely be a current and professional photo.

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So that you don't get lost in the plethora of applications, the cover letter and résumé must be really good and professional. Above all, this includes establishing a link to the company's job advertisement. If you have written a speculative application, put the link to your skills and the position you want. If you do not do this, there is a high probability that those responsible will put your application aside. But to creative and extraordinary should your resume not be again, otherwise it falls too far out of the ordinary.

Convince with the right content: Your CV will be noticed positively

So that means your resume is updated and tailored to the position you want. Therefore, not only state the requirements and activities of the job in the cover letter, but also include them in the curriculum vitae. For example, describe that you have already performed the required activity, special program or task with the previous employer or have acquired a special qualification. From the very beginning, these relevant points show the HR manager and boss that you have the necessary knowledge for the job.

Professional success also has the right to be mentioned in the résumé. After all, when looking through the documents, the decision-makers want to see what added value the applicant can offer them for the company. By specifically mentioning successes, you can ensure that your benefits are seen.

Structure and content of the curriculum vitae

Another important aspect is the right structure. The main focus is on the clarity. Just as important, however, is the content, i.e. the complete and correct reproduction of the information you provide about yourself, your professional career and other personal components. In order to make the CV as clear as possible, the following criteria should be met:

1. All sections with appropriate headings

All sections should have appropriate headings, beginning with the main heading "CV". This includes the following personal information:

  • Name and maiden name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Nationality
  • Marital status (optional)

Optionally, the contact details and address can already be given here.

The next section of the list is the professional career, which you again provide with the appropriate heading. You should definitely note that the stations

2. In reverse chronological order

All stages of the curriculum vitae should be listed in reverse chronological order. The HR manager or the future boss can see at a glance the current situation or the most recent job as well as your professional experience.

3. Clear structure

You can also create an overview for yourself with the help of a good structure, which you fill, depending on the job posting. With additional qualifications that are helpful for the advertised job, you can collect plus points from the decision-makers. The following order has proven itself:

  1. Personal information about the person
  2. Professional background
  3. School education and professional education
  4. Further developments
  5. Knowledge and skills or additional qualifications
  6. EDV-Kenntniss to
  7. Commitment and hobbies

Depending on the personal situation, you can of course vary or remove the points. For example, if you do not volunteer, you do not need the Commitment item. Language skills or additional qualifications can also be summarized if required. Which division is the most for you Sense depends on your individual career and the position you are aiming for.

4. The conclusion: date and signature

This point is often forgotten, but the recommendation is: In addition to the cover letter, also sign your résumé. With the signature you confirm the correctness of the document and the information becomes more serious. Also welcome are the date and place of signature, which give the professional résumé the finishing touch. For electronically submitted applications, you can scan your signature and sign it digitally. This is now a recognized standard.

5. Honesty in hobby and interests

The section "Hobbies or interests" is also important. Do not bore the reader with standardized phrases. Perhaps the requirements of the hobby, such as teamwork in sports, also fit perfectly with the advertised job. So best specify your interests.

Another important point is the topic of honesty. HR personnel have usually already had a lot of experience with applicants and thus experienced a lot in everyday application. You quickly recognize small untruths. At the latest in the interview, sophisticated questioning techniques can bring these to light. From the very beginning, the recommendation is: fill in the gaps in your CV and be open and honest with yourself and your potential new employer.

6. Content and form: What should you pay attention to?

In principle, as is so often the case in life: first impressions count. This also applies to an application and a professionally designed tabular CV. This means that the first thing you notice is the external appearance. An attractive design allows you to stand out from the crowd of your competitors. Put your skills in the limelight. The layout should be well formatted, structured and uniform, but also nice and clear. Choose an appealing layout that is easy to survey and does not come up with colorful pictures and confusing tables. How carefully you design the CV and the rest of the application documents gives potential employers an initial insight into how you work; Care and accuracy are always desirable characteristics.

Avoid spelling and grammatical errors, as these are an absolute no-go for most HR managers, as they also indicate inaccuracy. You may have the opportunity to have friends or relatives proofread your résumé. It is well known that four or more eyes see more than two. And all of the information you provide must be consistent and consistent in the associated documents. If you contradict yourself in the course of the application, this can ruin your chances for the position.

Conclusion: A current, meaningful curriculum vitae is important

Don't miss your chance. Update your curriculum vitae to the advertised job description. Make it clear that you have the skills you want or that you want to learn immediately. Be open and honest and explain any gaps in your CV. This will make you stand out among the large number of applicants and will surely get you a step closer to your dream job.

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7 responses to “CV and CV based on submission: 6 tips for a professional vita”

  1. Martin L. says:

    I have to agree that there should be some way to “show”. And since a mouse or the like is impractical on the move, we probably “only” have the multi-touch screen for now. Unfortunately, I can't find the link right now, but there is also research, for example, into timing the vibrations of a smartphone / tablet so that the brain is made to “recognize” a threshold on a flat surface. This would at least give you the option to simulate keys. That would be a good compromise to start with, wouldn't it?
    By the way, I suspect that it is easy for people to use a tablet keyboard who have never learned to write with 10 fingers. Why? Because these people often use their different fingers on the keyboard in a much more versatile way after they have overcome the eagle search system and can thus adapt more easily to the tablet. After all, you always do it differently, so that there are always new requirements: sometimes in two hands, so that only the thumbs write, sometimes on one hand or the forearm, so that only the other hand is free, sometimes flat Lying on the table like a normal keyboard, sometimes lying on my knees on the sofa, sometimes wedged at strange angles between the stomach and the table when the table is occupied ...
    A few last words about the tablets: I think it is definitely worth experimenting with different keyboards for additional apps, the layout - especially the key size - makes enormous differences. Unfortunately I find few new alternatives there too. If multitouch, why then simulated keys, why not, for example, use a single finger to select the letter from a long, automatically zooming bar and then “snap” it with an upward movement? Or even simpler, a keyboard that enlarges the keys close to your finger so that you can be sure that you have pressed the right one. Just two of many ideas. As I said: Nothing ...
    This lack of innovation among companies is unfortunately also a reason why it is difficult to find good information. Most development probably takes place at universities and although computer science is such a rapidly changing field, most researchers sit here in their ivory tower and publish their results in their own papers, even in this user-friendly field. I rarely came across information that was generally understandable, and most of it was either out of date or ideas were never pursued after a hopeful start. In addition, the information is also widely scattered, so unfortunately I can't offer good links at the moment, I'm sorry. Of the one or two pages that I have in mind, I don't find the links. But the best way is to think up what would be nice anyway and then ask how you can achieve it.

  2. Martin L. says:

    As an almost finished computer scientist who deals with user interfaces, among other things, I unfortunately have to doubt that this idea would be competitive even if it were technically feasible. A few key points for me:
    - No tactile feedback - even tablet keyboards are marginal here. Why else would you need an external keyboard? Sure, there are already developments to generate feedback, for example with ultrasound. But that's another technique that has yet to exist.
    - The arms quickly become paralyzed in this position.
    - The additional keyboard separates attention. In my opinion, the “ideal” interface no longer has a keyboard in the classic sense, but extremely good predictions allow it to be limited to the most likely letters or the PC works with voice input anyway.
    - The software used in the video uses good old window technology. This metaphor is slowly but surely becoming obsolete as it is optimized for old interaction techniques. Why limit yourself to a two-dimensional “desk” when you already have a hologram? Why huge programs when you're actually doing tasks that need similar tools over and over again? Future software is becoming more and more modular. The advantages of interaction techniques can only be used with the right software interface. Android has pretty much given up on this metaphor.
    - When I'm on the tram, I don't want everyone to be able to look at my holographic screen.

    By the way, there are actually ways to create the same feeling, albeit expensive: a display in the glasses (one-eyed to get orientation in the real world, two-eyed for a 3D view or even with a display in the image of the real world) and a glove that analyzes hand movements. Then looks cyborg-like with the glasses and creates amused faces when you wiggle around aimlessly in the air in the wild, but it works. It is interesting that these techniques have existed for years but, like many others, could not establish themselves. Therefore it will be difficult to connect them to current cell phones. Why didn't they prevail? No idea…

    • Simone Janson says:

      Hello Martin,
      thanks for the super comment. I see that you have taken several steps further than some manufacturers (in my opinion, a reason why some technologies do not prevail).
      But now I was thinking of a real, normal keyboard or a notebook keyboard - because I share your objection that you need tactile feedback: Writing on a tablet keyboard using the 10-finger system is almost impossible.
      If voice input really worked, you wouldn't need a large screen or keyboard. However, I can only imagine voice input for text input: where it comes to compiling elements, layouting, researching or editing graphics, you need a good screen again.
      At first, I find the thing with glasses frightening: I think it's easy to turn off when you spend too much time in front of the computer. If the computer then merges even more with sensory perception, it really scares me. I guess other people feel the same way.

      On the other hand, that would perhaps also give us the opportunity to change the rather unhealthy desk work position: for example, you could work lying down, standing or walking and just alternate.

      Where do I find understandable Information about what other technical improvements are possible?

  3. Erwin says:

    But yes
    If you connect a mobile projector and a WLAN printer to the iPad using WLAN
    As well as the Apple keyboard with the mouse
    The whole thing becomes perfect with the skye scanner that scans at A3
    And, as I said, everything is mobile and easy to set up and take down.
    Well maybe I'll send me a Mac-Book Air ………………

    • Simone Janson says:

      That sounds good. However: don't you have to project the projector image somewhere? And of course the big touchscreen like in the video is missing - I mainly need the big screen to navigate.

  4. Oelze Consult says:

    #Beruf My text at imgriff about tomorrow's work: tablet, mobile phone or emergencyebook?

  5. Liane Wolffgang says:

    My text at imgriff about tomorrow's work: tablet, mobile phone or emergencyebook?: I'm already experimenting ...

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