Curriculum Vitae

Nowadays, the curriculum vitae (or CV) is considered the most important document in any application. On one to two pages, you summarize your personal data, competencies and skills, outline your educational and professional career and give employers a first impression of you as a person.


Components of the curriculum vitae

Heading: "Curriculum vitae”
Personal data: Name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, date of birth
Application photo: (Not a must, but appreciated)
Professional career: Previous professions, arranged chronologically or thematically
Education: School education, vocational training and/or studies, arranged chronologically
Knowledge & skills: Language skills, PC and software skills, driver’s license, certificates, hobbies, interests and voluntary work, where applicable
Place, date, signature


Essential purpose of the curriculum vitae

The CV is the part of the application documentation that presents you as a suitable candidate for an advertised position. In your CV, you briefly and concisely detail your experience and qualifications and respond to the requirements stated in a job advertisement. Ideally, you will create a new document individually for each application and only list the experience and skills that are of relevance to the advertised position.


Where do you sign the CV?

The last page of the CV is signed by hand. The signature can be on the same level as the place and date, with the place and date on the left and the signature on the right. In the second option, the signature is placed second to last above the place and date. Which of the two options you choose is a matter of taste.


Which hobbies belong in the CV?

Including hobbies in the CV helps recruiters to better assess the personality of applicants. However, more than four hobbies should not be mentioned. Furthermore, the ones mentioned should, if possible, be of relevance to the profession, show achievements and be truthful.


What font should be used in the CV?

Fonts such as Times New Roman, Calibri, Open Sans or Arial have established themselves as particularly legible and clear. However, the trend is increasingly towards sans serif fonts, which is why Times New Roman is often perceived as antiquated. A suitable font size is 11 or 12 point.



What is meant by knowledge and skills in a CV?

These are qualifications of relevance to the job that applicants have acquired during their studies, vocational training, advanced education seminars and/or work experience. Knowledge and skills can also include soft skills, i.e. social skills.