In the first article for this series I covered some general thoughts and things to pay attention to when applying for a job in Germany along with some useful vocabulary.
Today, we will focus on the first important element of the application papers or as we call them in German die Bewerbungsunterlagen.
das Deckblatt – cover (page / sheet)
Das Deckblatt (cover) itself is basically only a sheet of Din A4 paper with some basic information and your application photo on it.
Yes, das Bewerbungsfoto / das Bewerbungsbild (an application photo or pass photo) is an integral part of the documents in Germany, and I will cover it in a short article next time.
The cover (sheet) usually contains the following information:
Der Titel (title), so what exactly you’re applying for. You would name the position for instance.
Next item, often the center of the cover, is das Bewerbungsfoto (application photo). As mentioned in the introduction, the application photo can also be put in the CV or resume itself. If you decide for this option, pay careful attention that it will leave you less room for writing the actual CV.
You would also like to put your name along with your contact data: Name, Adresse mit Postleitzahl und Ort (name, address, city or area code and city / town).
Your contact data should at least include your personal email address and die Telefonnummer (phone number) or die Handynummer (cell phone number).
Optional: If you are required to provide eine komplette Bewerbungsmappe (complete application dossier), ein Inhaltsverzeichnis (table of contents), could be useful. This is not required but might give a good and quick overview of everything your application dossier contains. I would only add it though when you submit all your reports, references and credentials.
Last thought: You’re relatively free what fonts and sizes to use, just pay attention that there is consistency throughout your application documents. Classic fonts, often used in Germany are Times New Roman, Verdana and Arial for instance. Just go with the standard ones, nothing fancy. Don’t impress with layout but with content!