Preparing your CV for job applications in Germany with Advait Valluri

Listen to Advait's tips on how to prepare a great CV for job applications in Germany!

Dr. Paras Mehta
Dr. Paras Mehta

Your CV is your first impression on recruiters and hiring managers. However, how a CV should look like tends to vary from country to country. Today on the India2Germany podcast, Advait Valluri, gives us his tips and suggestions on what a good CV should look like for job applications in Germany. Advait is a Product Manager in Module Management Chassis, Powertrain and Autonomous Driving at Audi in Germany. For many years, he has been reviewing job applications and CVs, and advising applicants on how to structure their  CV to maximize their chances of landing a job.

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Show notes

Link to sample CV discussed in the episode: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/8y0h31041bzgh1q/AACDuosUGJCk0CZA5sa3W18Da?dl=0&preview=cv_two_column-ENG.pdf

Screenshot of a well-formatted CV

Screenshot of a plain CV

Some of the topics discussed in this episode:

  • Importance of CV
  • Advait's experience with reviewing people’s CV
  • How should the layout look like? Give the CV a professional look
  • Plain vs. appealing templates
  • How long should a CV be?
  • What should the content be like?
  • Grammatical pointers
  • Using scales for languages, skills
  • Date formatting
  • Consistency across document
  • What information should the personal section entail?
  • Replaces links with aliases
  • Functioning links for mail addresses
  • Irrelevant information for the position can be omitted if you’re running out of space
  • Choose the right size font
  • Use a professionally shot photograph. No selfies, self-shot photos with poor lighting

Also listen to our previous interview with Advait:

From mechanical engineering to data science in the German automotive industry with Advait Valluri
Advait Valluri, Data Analytics Project Manager at Audi in Ingolstadt, Germany, shares his experience of working as a mechanical engineer in the automotive sector in Germany and transitioning from mechanical engineering to data science.

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Dr. Paras Mehta

Paras has spent 10 yrs in software, data science, research & entrepreneurship in Germany. PhD FU Berlin | MSc 1st position | Marie Curie, Erasmus Mundus fellow | BTech DTU | Visiting Scholar Cambridge


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