Freitag, 2. September 2016

Make a good first impression with your CV

Whether someone finds you sympathetic or not, they will make up their mind during the first few seconds of meeting you. That’s a scientifically proven fact, which, in turn, makes your parents right when they’ve told you that first impressions count. While applying for a new job, your potential employer get their first impression from your CV. This is not to stress you out and make you worry more – it’s actually quite easy to have a good CV. Read on to find out!



The CV you are attaching to your cover letter forms the basis for the first impression that your potential employer has of you. If you want to make a lasting and positive one, make sure while putting together your CV that it will be a short, on point and easy read containing all the necessary info about you that is relevant to the vacant position. You can opt to format your CV as a table, but that is not a must. More important is the font that you use. Make sure it is a professional looking one and stay away from anything playful and quirky – you’ll have plenty of opportunities to show off your lighter and humorous side during the job interview!

The first part of your CV must contain your full name, address, telephone number and email. Info about your nationality/ citizenship, your civil status or about military ranks you might hold should only be provided if they are relevant to the position that you are applying for.

This should usually be followed by a history of your work experience. Don’t list all your jobs chronologically though. You should always start with the last postion you’ve held (or are currently holding) and work your way back from there. For every position, specify not only the title, but also the company and a short description of your actual tasks and responsibilities, as well as the starting and ending dates, preferably the month and the year. During the next step, do the same with your education – from your last degree downwards – and state the art of education, your degree, the educational institution and the graduation date. Here’s also the place to mention al other courses and trainings you night have undertaken over the years.

Do you have a knack for foreign languages or are you an IT-whiz? Don’t forget to list those under “Aptitudes”. Bonus points if you can back up your claims with certificates or at least good examples of using and further developing them in practice, in your working day-to-day. Make sure that the aptitudes you describe are as quantifiable, tangible and concrete as possible and stay away from common places. All of us would say we are “good listeners” or “good colleagues”. The aptitudes should in any event match the job description and offer some advantages/ benefits for your future employer as well.  Achten Sie darauf, dass es möglichst konkrete Fähigkeiten sind und denken sie daranThe same holds true for your extracurricular or volunteering activities – to the extent that they prove to your employer that you are a complex and dynamic personality with many different interests and there are paralelles to the job description as well, go ahead and list them! Or maybe you have some hobbies that could be relevant to the open position. In this case, list those as well. If this is not the case though, then you probably shouldn’t include a list of your hobbies.


If you payed attention to all these suggestions, you should have a convincing CV by now. As a last step, check, double and triple check your spelling and grammar and enlist the help of your favorite office software. Then attach it to your application and rest assured – you’re potential employer will get to know you from your best side!

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