application documents

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Which documents should be in my application?

Application documents:

  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • References, work experience documents, certificates, qualifications

cover letter

The application cover letter should be no more than one DIN A4 page. The cover letter allows you to give a first impression of yourself and to explain how you came across the company, for example, or what about the job interests you and why you would like to work for that particular company. You should also mention your professional experience, qualifications and personal strengths. It is important to ensure the content is relevant to the job you are applying for, to remain honest throughout and to sign the letter at the end.


CVs are usually created in table form. The information is presented in chronological order and divided into four main areas:

  1. Personal information
  2. Academic and vocational education
  3. Employment history
  4. Special knowledge and skills

Try to avoid gaps between the various activities on your CV and remember to sign it at the end, including date and place of signature.


You should include all relevant certificates in your application. These include vocational training certificates, for example, as well as your examination/degree certificates from school, college and/or university. The company you are applying to will also be interested to see any job references you may have from previous employers. You should send copies of certified translations of your certificates and references with your application to help the company understand your capabilities.

Keep in mind that many vocational training and academic qualifications obtained abroad will first have to go through a recognition procedure in Germany.