Some of the (wrong) multiple choice answers to the short quiz below are, admittedly, offered tongue-in-cheek. All questions, though, address issues that come up frequently with candidates who are used to German-style job applications and the typical German “Lebenslauf” (CV/resume).
Unfortunately, for the respective applicants, we see by far not only job seekers who are fairly new to the American way of applying for a position making some – or all! – of the basic mistakes reflected in this test.
Over the past 12 months, we were initially puzzled to receive some CVs with such flaws also from some otherwise highly qualified applicants – executive assistants, engineers, even senior managers with German background – who have been working in the U.S. for a long time.
A quick scan of their respective work history helped explain what was going on here. Most of them had held their last position, usually with a subsidiary of a German company in the U.S., for a long time, and had been hired for that position – way back when – straight from Germany.
With the recession barely behind us, and employment opportunities as limited as they still are, it should be a no-brainer to update your CV, to be prepared for a very different job market. If you are still in Germany and just received your U.S. “Green Card”, or if you are in the U.S., and already have a long and successful track record of working with (German-owned) companies in America – the short test below is supposed to help. Enjoy!
For individual and more complex questions regarding your resume, or for help with your current job search, ask the friendly specialists of the Germany-USA Career Center Career Adviser Service – wir sprechen Deutsch!