Writing a CV (Curriculum Vitae) for Graduate Admission (2021)

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CV written in clear, concise and tabular format helps a strong candidate for admission stand out from the crowd.

The phrase, first impression is the last impression is very true for a CV. CV stands for Curriculum Vitae, which is a document containing a chronological list of your all previous activities and skills. For a master’s application in Germany, you might require to submit a CV along with other application documents. CVs written for master’s applications should focus more on your academic achievements than professional ones. An academic CV contains educational accomplishments, research activities, publications, grades, certifications, awards, and honors in detail. You can also add all the courses related to the degrees and the grades you have obtained. CV is an important document for the master’s application in many universities in Germany.

As stated above, your CV represents the rest of your documents and you must get it right. Below in this guide, you’ll find all the information needed to write an academic CV that would grab the attention of the admission committee.

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Before getting started

  • You should gather all your certificates and medals before getting started with writing your CV, this will help you remember all the important accomplishments you achieved throughout your academic career.
  • Research the course and university website you are applying to thoroughly. This will help you to determine what kind of prospective students the university is looking for. You can look into course detail, professors’ profiles, and research groups for relevant information.
  • Sometimes CV format requirements are mentioned on the university website, so make sure to check that.
  • Generally, a tabular CV is required to help the admission committee to go through your CV in the shortest possible time. Your CV must be able to get the attention of the admission committee in the first 6 seconds. No one starts reading a CV but skim through if interesting enough to spend time on it and there are many more applications in the queue.

CV Format

There are different formats for making a CV. However, for Germany, we recommend students use the Europass format. It is a very basic and effective format to make a Curriculum vitae. You would also be able to find the best CV templates to study in Germany in the coming weeks. Following is a step-by-step guide for making a CV for a master’s application to a German university.

Step-by-Step Process

  • In the first step, you will decide, if you will be making a CV from scratch or do you want to update and improve your previous CV. Moreover, you should also decide whether you want to make an online CV or on your PC. We highly recommend using a template to save yourself time.
  • If you wish to create an online CV, please visit this link. If you wish to use my personal CV template, I would love to share it, contact me in person. Please sure, you have are part of our community.
  • Update your personal details. Include/exclude some sections and sub-sections to suit your academic and job profile. Try to provide information that matches the details of the target university profile. 
  • Note that your CV must not exceed two pages. But this doesn’t mean you should stretch it to 2 pages. One-page CV is also good and the best for this case if you don’t have any experience and don’t have too many details to write.
  • Once you fill in all the information, you must cross-check that the information you entered is correct.
  • After reviewing, save your document in the original and as well as in PDF format.

Important Tips for Writing a Successful CV

The following are some important tips which will help you to create a unique and effective CV for Masters application in Germany.

  • You should not use the Europass format without making changes because every other candidate uses the Europass format. Make sure you make the changes necessary to make your CV unique.
  • Make sure your CV is easy to read and does not exceed more than 2 pages because according to statistics the reader spends a maximum of 3 minutes on a CV. If it is complex to read, you will, unfortunately, lose the attention of the reader. The admission committees receive a lot of CV made by inexperienced students and you don’t want your CV to like one of those.
  • Make sure you have mentioned the timeline for every event. (Staring from the recent time)
  • Including a decent photo is also a nice idea. However, it is not mandatory.
  • Use constant text and appearance when writing your information. You should try to keep your CV simple using no extra features which would make it easy to read

I’ll be updating the article with a step-by-step CV that you can follow through while making your CV, probably a Video. I’ll extend this CV guide more for students who are interested in research during their graduate, and post-graduate studies and those who want to search for a job after the completion of their studies. I just don’t want to disclose more of the surprise, therefore, I suggest to visit again and see what new here.

Quick Links

Learn about other documents requirements:

Admission requirements for Germany in this guide >>

How to write a motivational letter/ Statement of purpose – The ultimate Guide 2021 >>

How to write a CV (tabular) for graduate admission >>

Letter of Recommendation – A Complete Guide (2021)>>

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