Stratofish From Germany, joined Sep 2001, 1053 posts, RR: 5 Posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 20 hours ago) and read 2500 times:
Hi all. I´m planning to apply for a new job and for some reason the company (although being German) only uses the English language on its website. Even their job offers are in English. To me that implies I better write my application in English.
So here my question: What are the latest standards for a job application, curriculum vitae and resumee in the Anglo Saxon world?
Thanx in advance for any help!
I know how to do it in German and (when I am not as tired as right now) my English is quite good, but there may be different styles and ettiquettes.
MBMBOS From United States of America, joined May 2000, 2606 posts, RR: 1
Reply 1, posted (11 years 2 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2489 times:
Here in the States we make a distinction between a resume and a curriculum vitae. In the formal sense, a "cv" is used for specific, professional positions such as academia or law. In those cases, you'll need to follow a style guide specific to the profession. If you were applying for a teaching position at a university, for example, you would probably follow the M.L.A. style guide.
If you are applying for a business position you would create a resume. Resumes have become quite loosey-goosey in terms of structure and style.
Assuming that you need to create a resume, here are a few guidelines that will help:
- Resumes should be one page only; most human resources people regard a two-page resume as pretentious, or at least overkill.
- Include your name and contact information where it is easily accessible, preferably at the top of the page.
- A typical resume starts with a Summary or a Objective section first. This gives the reader a thumbnail description your qualifications and your goals. Here's an example: "Professional Web Designer with 6 years of experience seeking responsibilities developing security infrastructure for an e-commerce company."
- You also need to establish a section for your Education history and your job history (Experience). Again, you want to be brief. You do not need to include very detail - you'll do that on a job application form. If you graduated Magnu Cum Laude or won a professional award, then mention it. List dates, but don't get too detailed.
- One of the best pieces of advice that I have read is to use action verbs. Instead of saying "responsibilities included...", turn it around to sound proactive. Use words such as "spear-headed", "managed", "organized", etc.
- Do not include information on marital status, age, and number of children. Avoid sending photos (unless you're applying for a beauty pageant). Such references are also considered out of bounds.
As far as how it looks, the rules are pretty loose. Make it readable. Make it succint. A resume is a "brief" description of your history and aspirations. Most human resource people that I deal with complain about long-winded, overly detailed resumes. They want to get to the point quickly.