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The CV in Germany
In general, German Curriculum Vitae consist of 1 or 2 pages. There’s always a photograph at the top. Also, a strict chronological order (with exact dates, for example 12/93), and a clear, professional style. CVs are signed at the bottom.
A CV should include personal information, about studies and working experience, as well as knowledge of foreign languages and other activities.
The following is the information you should include (in the same order):
- Name, address, and phone number.
- Personal information (birth date and place, marital status, children and in some cases, name and profession of your parents and religion).
- Education (primary and high school).
- Military and social service (if applicable).
- Students practice (“Praktika”).
- University education (university, career, grade results and periods studying abroad).
- Working experience.
- Foreign languages.
- Other activities (student organization affiliation or any sports, politics organization, etc.)
If number 9 requires too much space, stick to the information related to the position you’re going for.
In some cases, German employers want a hand-written CV, but in most cases a printed CV is just fine. Pay attention to the fact that, besides working experience, other studies and activities are included.
If there are blank, non-working periods, it’s important to explain the reasons and what you did during those periods.
In Germany, there used to be an American type of CV (hand-written) called “ausführlicher Lebenslauf”. Nowadays, it’s not widely used, in most cases it’s a standard CV (tabellarischen Lebenslauf). However, if it’s required, remember the basic rules of a typical CV. Be as clear and brief as you can be. Usually a single page will be enough; use 2 pages tops. Pay attention to the language you use; don’t try to look like a perfect worker but make your skills stand out.
Source: empleo.universia.es (Spanish version)