Ann-Katrin Jack has been our recruiter at catworkx since August 2019 and knows our company inside out. She not only reviews all incoming application documents, but also knows which job positions we are currently looking for here at catworkx and what is important when applying for a job at catworkx. Ann-Katrin received her Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Hamburg and her Master of Science in Business Psychology from the Ruhr University in Bochum. She has six years of experience in HR with a focus on recruiting. Today she would like to give you some helpful tips on the subject of applications and careers. She also provides insights into the processes at catworkx. Our editorial team asked.

Questions about the application

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Is a cover letter absolutely required for an application?

Ann-Katrin: In short, no! You do not need to submit a cover letter, a complete and clear curriculum vitae (CV) is sufficient for us in the first step. But you would like to tell us about a certain project by all means or in more detail and make your motivation clear? Of course, a cover letter is perfect for this.

What documents should I submit in the first step of an application?

Ann-Katrin: In the first step a complete curriculum vitae is completely sufficient. Should we enter into further discussions, we would ask you to submit your references and certificates at a later stage. Of course you can also send us your documents bundled from the beginning.

What does the ideal CV look like?

Ann-Katrin: There is no universal answer to this question. It always depends a bit on the position you are applying for. Ideally, the CV should not exceed two to three pages. It is important that your CV is clear and that all the important information can be grasped quickly. It should provide a complete and comprehensive description of your educational and professional background and contain the following information: highest school-leaving qualification, all other educational qualifications such as your studies and/or vocational training, all relevant professional stages as well as your additional qualifications and skills.

The heart of a CV is always the presentation of your professional career. The current position should always be at the top. Add a brief job description for each relevant station, ideally in bullet points that give us a good overview of the job. Limit yourself to relevant information in your resume. The name of the primary school or the profession of the parents do not belong in the CV nowadays.

The content and length of your CV is of course always dependent on your previous work experience. If you’ve been in a job for a while, you don’t necessarily need to list internships, student traineeships, etc. As a young professional, however, you should definitely include this information.

Do I also have a chance if I have not yet been able to gain so much professional experience?

Ann-Katrin: Candidates who have not yet been able to gather so much professional experience also have a chance with us, of course. It is important to us that you are motivated to learn new things and to develop yourself further. We’ll teach you the expertise you need. Some positions with us are aimed directly at young professionals. But we are also happy to give lateral entrants a chance.

How do I make a speculative application?

Ann-Katrin: If you would like to send us an unsolicited application, you can do so directly via the homepage. Next to each job advertisement you will find a “Apply now” button where you can upload your documents. Or you can simply send your speculative application to recruiting[at]catworkx.com.