Your CV is the basis of your job application in Austria, as it is in every other country. The content of your resume in Austria in comparison to your home country would most probably differentiate. In this article, we will highlight specific features of an Austrian CV and give you hints and tips on how to write the perfect Austrian CV and make a good impression on your recruiter.
Let’s start by listing the main characteristics of an Austrian resume and the most common differences between an Austrian resume and one from your home country.
Characteristics of Austrian CV (Lebenslauf)
Austrian resume is in tabular form
The chronological structure is crucial, and the latest experience should always be at the top. Keep in mind that you should put the most emphasis on recent experience. Remember to emphasize recent experience above all else.
Austrian resume must contain a photo
Your photo should be professional and in a style that suits the industry in which you are applying.
Austrian resume contains personal details
Personal details mean your full name and title, address, birth, and nationality. The academic title is very important in Austria and you should definitely state it in your CV. Additionally, we suggest that you add information about your work permit, including whether you have one and if so, which one. You should definitely exclude personal information such as the names of your parents and their occupation and other irrelevant data such as your wedding date or similar.
The career objective should not be included in the Austrian resume
In Austria, it is not as likely as in other countries to include mission statements or career goals in your CV. Instead, you should describe your career objective or motivation in the cover letter.
The focus is largely on hard skills and the description of tasks
Describe your relevant experience in short and precise terms. Bullets are preferred over full sentences. When possible, quantify the scope of your tasks. For example use numbers to describe your responsibilities and performances. For example, you can state managed a portfolio of clients generating 50 million in yearly revenue.
Level of Language Skills in Austrian CV
When describing your language skills, please use the following grading system:
1 – Elementary Proficiency
2 – Limited Working Proficiency
3 – Professional Working Proficiency
4 – Full Professional Proficiency
5 – Native / Bilingual Proficiency
Recruiters in Austria are not really familiar with any other frameworks and references or similar which are indicating your language skills.
Academic grading systems in your home country may vary from those in Austria. When referring to your GPA, it is best to state the scale as well, for example, GPA of 2.3 (1 = best, 5 = worst).
Memberships in associations, charitable organizations and similar can be certainly stated
Whether you will explain details about your activities in these organizations depends on where you are applying. It is certainly more relevant if you are applying for a job within NGO than if you are applying within the international bank.
Hobbies and interests can be mentioned
It is good to mention your hobbies and interests in your CV in Austria. In this way, you are showing more of your personality and this is something in which hiring managers are definitely interested.
Should Austrian CV be written in German or English?
Write your resume always in the same language as the job posting.
Content of an Austrian Resume
• Contact details
• Place and date of birth
• Your professional photo
• Higher education (major, specialisation, title of your thesis)
• Further education
• Social commitments, extracurricular activities
• IT skills
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Hints and tips:
In Europe, there is a standard CV template called “the Europass.” We are not recommending using the Europass CV template. It is not particularly popular with Austrian HR managers because there isn’t a lot of room for customization and personalization.
In Austria, a signed CV is considered a personal note.
The signature can be scanned for online applications. You can use a scanned signature in your CV.
When there are blank, non-working periods, it is important to explain the reasons and what you did during those periods.
In Austria, a complete application usually means including a resume, cover letter, and any relevant certificates. Keep in mind, however, that documents may be requested by the employer, and tailor your application to the position or job posting.
The four-eyes principle: Proofread the résumé at least twice, by two or more people.
In addition to pointing out errors you may have overlooked, the proofreader can tell whether he feels your application makes a good impression.
However, not everyone is suited to provide feedback.
Select someone with experience applying for jobs or who is particularly good at writing resumes. If you are lucky to have a recruiter in your circle of friends then this person will be competent to provide you with feedback and advice.
Otherwise, we would be happy to help you. Learn more about our free consultation services.
Author: Sofia Ivanov is a blogger at AustrianCareer.at. She holds a MA in international business and also contributes photography to AustrianCareer.at.