How do I apply for a job?

To apply for a job, you need to create a CV (Lebenslauf) and Cover letter (Anschreiben).

Your CV should show your personal details, educational background, work experience and even hobbies and interests. If you want, you can also add your photo. Here are some free examples for inspiration.

In the cover letter you will address the contact person of the company.  Make sure you put the precise work position you are applying for in the title. There you should explain why you are interested in the job and why you are the right person for it.  Click here to read some examples.

Please note:

  • Applying for a job nowadays in Germany is mostly online – so make sure you have an e-mail address.
  • Never copy-paste any CV or cover letter without adopting it to your profile. Employers feel when a cover letter is not personalized and this lowers your chances to get the job. Also giving wrong information in your job application could bring you in real legal trouble.