Your CV cover
Also the personal data you provide of yourself greatly differs between countries. In the USA you might only provide your name, email and telephone number. In most European countries you would add your address and your date of birth. In Germany people tend to share the complete package, including a picture in business outfit, all contact details, nationality, place of birth, marital status and even the number and age of your children.
Example cover for applying for a position in the USA:
The eyecatcher: your keywords, highlights, or summary
„Professional Strengths“, „Keywords„, or „Top Skills“ for a sales position could look like:
A „Highlights“ or „Profile“ section for a patent law training position could look like:
- Natural scientist (chemistry and biology) with many years experience within well- known universities
- Business fluent in English, German and Spanish
- Comprehensive intercultural and international experiences (China, Spain, UK, the Netherlands, Germany)
- Persuasive oral and written communication skills
- High self-motivation and independent working style
The „Summary“ for a senior scientists position could look like:
I am a results-driven team player with 5 years of research experience in the field of protein chemistry. During the last two years I collaborated with researchers from industry, supervised a technical assistants and a PhD student, and controlled my own research budget. I possess sound knowledge of a wide range of research techniques including HPLC and GC-MS. I am disciplined and organised, care about my own personal development, and possess strong communication skills.
Is there anything to take care of?
- A CV normally contains either keywords OR highlights OR a summary. It is really quite redundant to have both keyword and a summery.
- Of course, your eye catcher should not contradict the rest of the application documents. However, be careful not to use exactly the same phrases as you used in the CV and cover letter.
- A summery is not a motivation. Your motivation to apply for that particular position should be given in your cover letter.
How much could/ should I write here?
There are no fixed rules. We would recommend:
- 5-9 keywords
- 5-6 highlights
- 3-5 sentences summary
My dad told me that an eyecatcher is not good to have. Shall I take it out?
Your dad is of a different generation. He might have still added the occupation of his own parents when applying for jobs. I hope for you that you don’t. He probably learned to write with a typewriter, but you didn’t.
Today people tend to add an eyecather to their CV, however, not everyone is doing so. It is up to you!