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.
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:
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