Have you have found a job opening well suited to you in the FrankfurtRheinMain (FRM) region and would like to apply? Here we have listed some tips on how to best advertise yourself. After all, every country has different application procedures, which you should take into consideration.
The job application consists of three parts in Germany: the cover letter (Anschreiben), the CV (Lebenslauf) and an annex (Anhang) with references and certificates.
Always address your cover letter directly to the employer. It is written like a letter and should not exceed two pages, although one page is even better. It is important for you to explain why you are applying for that particular position at that particular company. What is your motivation? Emphasise your own competences, but do not simply repeat your CV.
The CV is a transparent, bullet point list featuring your career stages as well as your education and qualifications. A CV also includes information on your language skills as well as other skills, such as computer skills or whether you have a driver’s licence.
In Germany it is common, but not mandatory, to provide a picture along with your CV. It is also usually to include personal data such as date and location of birth, marital status and nationality. You can find a sample CV here.
Brief abstracts at the beginning of the CV, based on American examples, are growing in popularity. An abstract is 2-3 sentences long and summarizes all your characteristics and skills. This helps many employers to see all your most important qualifications at a glance.
Larger companies in particular are moving more towards American application procedures, for example anonymous CVs in reverse chronological order.
Many employers prefer job applications in the form of an email. Larger companies often have their own online application systems where you can upload your qualifications and documents. Applications sent to employers by mail in an envelope are becoming the exception.
If the application procedures differ from the standard, this will be stated in the job advertisement.
Interviews are held in person and in some cases online, for example via Skype. Larger companies, in particular, have more complicated, multi-stage application procedures which go through an Assessment Centre, that is a selection process based on group and individual tests.
Gather as much information on the company ahead of time so you will be able to answer not only questions related to your qualifications and CV, but also to explain your personal motivation and choice to work for this very specific company.
In FrankfurtRheinMain, there iare a large number of advisory services that will give you competent advice for compiling an application. You can find such services in your vicinity here. The Welcomecenter Hessen would also be happy to assist you.
We provide international specialists with information on, but not limited to, the following:
- Working and living in Hessen
- Opportunities to learn German
- Recognition of professional qualifications
- The topic of education, vocational training and further education
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We offer consultation to businesses, on, but not limited to, the following topics:
- Recruitment of international specialists
- Their occupational integration
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