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CV Writing Tips – CV for Germany

Saturday, December 24, 2011 By: Debra Mills
Category: CV Writing Tips

German-style CV

If you are writing an English CV for a position in Germany / Deutschland, here are a few tips:

  • Include a cover sheet with your name, address, telephone number, and email address on the top right side and your place of birth, date of birth, nationality, and marital status on the bottom right side.
  • Place a head and shoulders LinkedIn- and Xing-type photograph on the top right hand corner of page one.
  • Start your CV with the same style and content of letterhead that you would use on a UK CV or American résumé (name, email address, telephone number, postal address).
  • Either start with the experience section (reverse chronological) or include a very short profile statement.
  • Don’t use a career highlights, key competencies, or similar section before the experience section.
  • Ensure that you use months in your employment dates.
  • Explain all gaps in your employment history.
  • Leave space to date and sign it (and include the city in which you signed it) at the bottom of the last page.
  • Alternatively, use the new Europass template as a starting point, but be sure to add the date and sign it.
  • As with all European CVs, use A4-size paper.
  • Use UK spelling unless the target company’s literature and job advertisement uses American (or other) spelling.
  • Have copies of your educational transcripts, certifications, and references ready to be submitted, if required.


iAgora – CV for Germany

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Europass CV Template – CV Template in German

Working in Germany – CV and Employment Tips

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4 Responses to “CV Writing Tips – CV for Germany”

  1. Debra Mills says:

    Yes Monica – please email me at the address above and I will send you information about another qualified translator for English to German.

  2. Monica says:

    I’m looking for an English to German translator – any ideas?

  3. Birdy says:

    Your support is appreciated-I’m looking for job in Germany and this helps.

  4. Cilla says:

    Thanks for CV Writing Tips – CV for Germany Pro-CV – I’ve been looking for articles and information about job offers and job searches via indeed in Germany