Writing an application can feel tedious at times. Especially, if you do not know where to start. We have gathered some basic information here to help you to understand step by step how to prepare an application.

My Profile

Before you start writing, it is a good idea to take some time to think about your profile, i.e. your interests, strengths and qualifications. This will help you to present yourself in the best way and make it easier to find adequate jobs.

How to find job ads

There are many ways to find job ads. We have gathered some sources for you here.

How to read job ads

Job ads have a language of their own which might sometimes sound intimidating. Learn how to read job ads here.


Your CV is more than just a list of the things you have done in your life. Instead, it is a marketing tool which aims at getting you an interviews.

Cover letters

A cover letter introduces your competencies and experiences on a silver platter to your prospective employer and should explain why you are the best candidate for the job!


Your application should include references. These include your high school and university diplomas as well as references from past employers.

In Germany, it is still common to have written references and employeres are legally bound to issue them. Especially, if you have work experience in Germany, remember to include them in your application.

Unsolicited applications

An estimated 70% of all job vacancies are never published as a job ad. Therefore, it is a good idea to send unsolicited applications if you have a bit of practise with writing cover letters.

The most important trick here is to know exactly which job with which task you apply for. This kind of application requires a lot of research of the company and similiar jobs. Your application has to raise the interest of the reader by being targeted and on point.

Job interview

If you are invited to a interview, you have mastered the first step. The employers believes that you are capable of fullfilling the tasks and know they want to meet you to see if you fit into the team and if you hold up to the expectations that you set in your cover letter:

  • Online, you can find the most common questions in job interviews. Try to prepare answers for each of them. Your answers should be authentic and reflect your personality. Also, think about what information is important for the employers.
  • Research as much about the company as you can: their products or services, their organisational structure, production sites, clients, competitors etc.
  • It's okay to be nervous.
  • A job interview is a dialogue on equal terms. This means that you are allowed to ask question about the company and the work culture.

Counselling and workshops at JGU

We are happy to give you feedback on your application in an individual counselling session. Or participate in one of our workshops during our Spring/Fall University.

Bleib! – Programme

The federal employment agency offers a workshop series calles Bleib! (i.e. stay! in German) designed especially for international students who wish to find a job in Germany after graduation.