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The Job Application

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The type of application expected by a personnel department can vary from one country to the next.

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In Germany, a written job application should always contain the following documents in the following order:

  • Cover letter
  • Photograph
  • Resume
  • Diplomas and certificates 

If you apply with the traditional paper form, all documents should be printed on pure white, high quality paper, absolutely clean and without creases. In detail:

1. Cover letter

This is the most important document in your application because it creates a direct link between you and your desired employment and the advertised position. Tips in a nutshell: only 1-sheet presentation - precise statements in error-free, concise German - short sentences - clear sheet division.

2. Photo

A current, professional photo should be used here, which should be placed on the top right of the resume.
A current, professional photo should be used here, which should be placed on the top right of the resume. To make it relevant you can use free online photo editing tool

3. Resume

The curriculum vitae lists all personal data and professional positions in a comprehensive, clear, tabular form. It is important that there is no gaps and that there is continuity in life planning.

4. Testimonials

Graduates / young professionals should add high-quality ....

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further tips:

  • Prepare your perfect resume for appications in Germany during the seminar "Applying for jobs in Germany"
  • How To Write A Resume: 17 HR Professionals & Resume Writing Experts Share Their Tips
  • A complete guide to resumes for English speaking countries: How to Write a Resume: A Step-By-Step Guide [+30 Examples].
  • : On this job search plattform you will find all open job offers in Germany. Job advertisements from 6,000 different professions. Job seekers can search specifically for jobs, upload their CVs and apply directly. Employers can post job advertisements and search for qualified employees. The platform offers extensive tips on the subject of career orientation and careers.

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