Curriculum Vitae (CV)

The Core of Your Application.

As Human Resource (HR) departments receive a lot of applications, in most cases they first read the CV since that document is skimmed through in 2-3 minutes. Only if the CV is interesting and well-structured, the rest of your documents gets attention from HR as well. This means you have to pay special attention to this document and plan sufficient time to create it.

Although there is no fixed standard for the CV, there are some recommendations:

  • The order is reverse chronological (newest event first)
  • The scope depends on your previous activations (between 1 and 3 pages)
  • Design/structure: uniform and consistent (also same font/size as the cover letter)
  • Choose a classic, easy-to-read font style (for example Arial, Calibri, Verdana)
  • Content should be adapted to the respective job description (e.g. selection of tasks)

The Structure of the CV

A clear structure is very important to improve the readability and first impression of the CV.

Here is a 12-point checklist for the creation of your CV:

  1. Personal Data
  2. Work experience
  3. Education
  4. IT Skills
  5. Language Skills
  6. Further Training (optional)
  7. Scholarships/Awards
  8. Social Service, Military Service, other Services
  9. Volunteering or Engagement (outside the University)
  10. Private Interests
  11. Place, Date, Signature

The Application Photo

The photo of the application should be professionally taken to make sure it fits best for an application. Have a friendly expression: A sympathetic, friendly and professional photo with a sympathetic and friendly charisma can have a positive effect on the evaluation of your application

  • Place it on a cover page or on the CV (not both)
  • Application photo: Black and white or colour is possible (wear appropriate clothes on it)

For detailed information regarding the CV, please have a look at the KIT webpage for application tips.