For most people, applying for a job is not necessarily much fun. After having found a promising job offer, the next difficulties occur when trying to write a correct CV and an elaborated cover letter. Depsite living in a globalized world, companies in different countries expect different standards in respect of job applications. In Germany, for example, companies generally prefer a conservative, clear and proper CV without much individual styling (and without many different colors),
Create your CV online
Regarding the German job market, there are many informational websites on the topic "job application", of course. However, most of them are not in English. Fortunately, the European Commission provides the website "Europass" in order to "make your skills and qualifications clearly and easily understood in Europe". At the Europass-website you can create your CV (Curriculum Vitae) online. An online-form helps job applicants to write a correct CV, which fulfils high standards regarding substance and form.
A convincing cover letter
A good cover letter tells your potential employer exactly why you are the person who will solve his problems. In other words, writing a cover letter is briefing a potential employer with decision-relevant information.
The best German website about the topic "job application" we found is jova-nova.com (unfortunately, it is in German only). The author explains that you should completely waive the introduction in your letter and begin with the most important argument which speaks for you - namely your current (or most recent) job function. The author provides a shortlist of the most important hints regarding a cover letter for free.
Apply for a work/residence permit in Germany
In our section "How to Apply for a Work Permit" we provide a downloadable booklet for $10 only including detailed and comprehensive explanations regarding this topic for everybody who wishes to work in Germany.