The CV in table form outlines the complete background of a person. It lists the most important information in table form. As a first work sample, it should be prepared with the greatest care and convince both in content as well as form.
The CV in table form is the most common form of CVs. If a fully written out CV is not explicitly requested, the table form should be chosen. As the CV in table form is usually viewed first, particular care is required when creating it.
HOW TO COMPOSE A CV
CV samples and templates are ideal as a quick start to the application and as a source of inspiration. They contain a correct structure and an appealing outer presentation. All CV samples are completely customizable and can be edited in MS Word.
Tip: Choose a design that reflects the profession
The design of the CV determines the important first impression. Hence, both content and form should be convincing.
Caution: Untidy design
If, at first glance, your CV does not show at least care and a clear structure, the chance of your application will decrease. Employers infer from your application documents your methods of working as well as your personality.
1. Download a template
Click on the desired template. We will send it directly to your computer via e-mail. Within five minutes you can start writing your application.
2. Add content in Word
Install the designer fonts with just one click and open the template in Word. Now, you add your individual content to the finished layout.
3. Send the application
Once you added your content the application is finished. Now, you can save it as a PDF or print it out and send it to the employer.
Structure of a CV
A CV in table form is divided into four sections:
- Personal data
- Work experience
The following bullet points can be added as an option:
- Interests and Commitments
- Advanced training
- Volunteer service
- International work experience
- Awards, Scholarships, and Publications
New areas that need to be particularly emphasized can also contain their own bullet points.
Areas can be combined at will to avoid having too many bullet points in the CV and to keep it clearly laid out. For example, "Awards and Scholarships" or "Scholarships and Publications" can be written
Tip: Choose clear headlines
Summarise points such as education, occupational training, and academic studies under the header "Qualification" in order to keep the CV in table form clear.
Important rules for the structure
1. Clarity is the key
During the first selection, the employer only looks at the CV in table form for a few seconds. Therefore, all important information has to be visible immediately, otherwise, the application ends up in rejections.
2. Structure in reverse chronological order
A CV in table form is written in reverse chronological order, thus it starts with the current occupation.
3. The most important always comes first
The order of the bullet points should be by relevance. For students, their studies are first while for long-time employees, work experience is the most important assessment criteria. Think about what the employer wants to read and how you can present yourself in the best possible way.
4. No more than three pages
A CV in table form should be limited to two to three pages at most. Three pages are only suitable for work experience of about five years or more and when there have been frequent changes of duties or companies.
Tip: Mention your achievements
Don't only outline duties but also achievements in your CV in table form. Best to tell using numbers:
- How many employees you have managed
- By how much you increased/decreased X
- How many new customers you have acquired
- In what period of time you have achieved something
Adapt to the job description
A CV in table form should be individually adapted to the job description and only contain information that is relevant to the job duties and the company. Every line of the CV should contribute to that goal.
The CV should show the employer that you have the desired qualifications, both professionally and personally.
Information is only relevant if it emphasizes that you bring the required expertise as described in the job description.
Upon reading the CV, it has to become apparent that you can successfully complete the corresponding duties of the job.
The personal touch
Companies want personalities, not mere collections of qualifications. Especially for positions that are in high demand most, applications are very similar in regards to career paths and qualifications.
Companies want personalities that fit into their own team. Therefore, it is advisable to already show in your CV in table form which personal characteristics you can add to the company.
Tip: Communicate personality
Surveys show that the external form of the application documents communicates personality. Therefore, always match the design of your application with the position and the company.
CAUTION: Every application looks the same
Applicants are easier exchangeable if they don't use the often underestimated personal component to their advantage.