Core documents

- Personal web page, blog, etc.

- Personal career plan

- Portfolio

- Non-academic diplomas, certificates and official documents: TOEIC or TOEFL for language level, first aid certificate, lifeguard certificate, certificates of non-academic training, etc.

- Course of study: why and how to present it?

- Description of acquired skill sets, if available. Why? How to present them?

- Your university’s description of its expectations of the work placement and the supervision that it will provide

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Unlike in the Anglo-American world references and recommendation letters are not very common in Germany. But they are a legitimate opportunity to draw attention to personal qualities that are not completely covered by the more formal documents. References and recommendation letters can be written by professors, and supervisors of former employments or internships.

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  • No more than one page. Condense. Include only what is most important.
  • Address the responsible HR officer personally (not “Dear Sir or Madam” but rather “Dear Ms. Ernoult”, for example).
  • Write one or two concise subject lines, no more than that. (You will find further hints and examples in the documents linked below.)
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After a solid introduction – because the recruiter’s first impression is decisive – you should avoid the following common mistakes:

- Standard introduction: “Pursuant to your advertisement published in ... on ..., please find attached my CV...”;

- Aggressive introduction: “You are looking for a systems engineer; you will not find anyone better than me”;

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This is a CV model, a mix of the model most commonly used in Algeria with the one from the no. 1 recruitment website, an organization that has been certified by the State / ANEM (National Job Office): Emploitic - http://www.emploitic.com/ and the template available on http://www.monster.fr/.

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Your CV’s presentation should be meticulous and carefully structured:

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The preferred model for civil service is the chronological model. The chronological model presents your work experience from the most recent to the oldest, highlighting your career’s progression.

Key components of a CV:

 

1. Personal information

This section should include:

- Last name;

- Home address;

- Home and work telephone numbers if possible;

- Membership in an exclusive or restricted professional society.

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  • Your CV is the core of your application. In some cases, it will be the only document that the HR officer reads.
  • When applying for a work placement, a one page CV should be enough. Certainly no more than two pages! Focus on the facts and skills that are relevant to the opening.
  • Avoid gaps in your CV. HR officers always find that suspicious. At best, they will ask you in for an interview afterwards; at worst, they will simply put a disjointed CV to the side.
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