In addition to a cover sheet and cover letter, a resume belongs in a really good application portfolio. But you don’t even know where to start? No problem! Trainee.de will create your perfect resume with you in 9 steps and you will see that it is not that difficult. And anyway – once created, you can use the resume for all your applications!
Whether you want to train as a mechatronics technician in a long-established, traditional company or as a digital and print media designer in a hip start-up: Here you’ll find ideas for what your resume could look like.
Tips for the job search
Why is a resume important for your education?
Your resume is your first contact with recruiters at a training firm. Imagine that the personnel manager Mr. Muller is sitting at his desk and has advertised a vacant training position. Now there are 20 applications on the table in front of him, but only with name and photo. Mr. Muller looks at the individual photos, but how should he decide who is well suited and whom he would like to meet personally in an interview?? Without further information it sorts out: This applicant has too big ears, the other applicant looks too angry, and the third applicant’s sweater is green and Mr. Muller hates the color green.
Do you find such a selection procedure fair? Hardly. This is why the resume exists! With this you can show Mr. Muller what you have already done and why you could fit well into the company.
Step 1: Don’t be afraid of a blank page.
Simply start by opening your writing program on your PC (Word, Pages or OpenOffice) and save the document immediately under "Resume_Date" save.
Then set the page margins: left and right 2.5 cm each and top and bottom 2 cm.
Then choose a font. The best font for this is Arial, Calibri, Helvetica or Verdana in font size 12.
Next you insert a header line. This should contain your name, preferably a little larger, if you wish also in color, and in a new line your address as well as telephone number and e-mail address. This information should be right-justified and have font size 9 or 10 ppt.
Be careful with your e-mail address: Make sure that you use the initials of your name and not any artificial or fantasy names, like "[email protected]" or "[email protected]" – that’s just not possible!
Step 2: The classification.
Now close the header and write one line below it on the left side Curriculum vitae, best in font size 18 and bold, if you want also colored.
Next to the heading resume you insert your photo.
Step 3: The photo.
The photo should ideally be passport size.
If you send your application by mail, you can stick your photo on the resume after printing it out.
If you want to apply online, it makes sense to ask the photographer for a digital format of your photos (on a CD or USB stick). Then you can drag your photo directly into your file, reduce or enlarge it. In order to place your photo in any position, you must enter "transparent" under line break.
Also, make sure your photo is in line with your header on the right. Example:
Step 4: Personal details.
After your photo comes the first heading, namely "Personal details".
All headlines should be marked bold and kept in font size 12 and left-aligned in flats and then draw a continuous line underneath.
After that follows a free line. Then one below the other and left-aligned:
- Your name,
- your date and place of birth
- and your marital status.
Your entries should always be spaced (two to three indents to the right).
After that, one line should be free before continuing with the next heading.
Step 5: Your education.
After your personal details, follow the details of your school education. Proceed here, as with other time entries, in an antichronological order and start with your current situation.
On the left is the period, where you write from month/year to month/year (in numbers).
On the right (again after two/three indentations) you write the school, the place of school and below it your intended degree with the grade or expected grade in brackets.
Step 6: Your internships and part-time jobs.
After your school education follow your possible internships and side jobs. These you give again in an antichronological order and start with the most current one.
Again, on the left is the period from month/year to month/year.
On the right (after two/three indentations) is the description, for example: student internship, part-time job, temporary help and the full name of the company where you worked, for example "Student internship at the beverage supplier Sohnemann und Sohne GmbH".
What is very popular afterwards is if you briefly explain on the right under the company in bullet points what you did at your practical job or what things you learned. For example:
- "Preparing a room for client meetings.",
- "Addressing customers on the phone",
- "Creating presentations with PowerPoint,
- "Inserting key figures in Excel".
However, you can leave out the description for side activities, like delivering newspapers.