Your résumé

To show who you are and what you can do in a tabular CV

The purpose of the tabular curriculum vitae is to provide quick and clear information as to whether you have the necessary qualifications for a vacant position. Accordingly, it only contains information that could be of interest to the future employer. So:

Highlighting important things, briefly naming less important things, omitting the unimportant.

“Interesting” does not imply that you can simply omit professional experience that you have gained in another industry. After all, the professional career must be informative and comprehensive. You should therefore mention all the activities you have already carried out. But do not put the same emphasis on all of them. You only go into detail for those jobs that are important for the new employer.

Layout and structure

This is how you build up your CV convincingly – at first glance

The structure of a CV, i.e. its layout and structure, is easy to understand if you look at a few samples. It will be very easy if you use our templates in the ManaJump design template.

  • Ideally, the CV should not contain more than three (preferably two) A4 pages.
  • It is clearly and uniformly formatted. This includes that
    • a minimum distance to the side edges is maintained.
    • You work in two columns and align the paragraphs left-justified.
    • all headings have the same format and you choose a font.
    • use emphasis (bold or italic) sparingly.
  • The photo should be professional and will be inserted in the upper right corner
  • The structure is based on content blocks and in descending order
  • At the end, insert place and date and sign by hand

Important information

To select the personal information that is really important

Personal Information

At the beginning of a CV, some personal information is provided for the application. This includes at least

  • Name and address
  • Telephone number and e-mail address
  • Your date of birth

All other information is voluntary. So you could add

  • Marital status and number of children
  • citizenship
  • denomination

Whether it makes sense to supplement this information depends on

  • to what extent they affect your living conditions and
  • whether you expect an advantage from it

your career

How to score points in your career with experience and what you have learned

You divide your academic and professional career into the following blocks:

  • Professional background or experience
  • Training
  • Additional qualifications (if available)
  • Special knowledge (if relevant)
  • Hobbies and interests

In your career, you also list previous roles that are not important for the desired position, because this is about completeness. Enter the period of employment in figures on the left. On the right are the exact name and the employer. Add a brief job description showing exactly what you did. Keywords are sufficient, you do not have to formulate complete sentences. Formulations such as:

  • Responsible for …
  • Takeover of …
  • Involved in …

Highlight special achievements that fit the current job profile. However, make sure that the descriptions are not too long and use bullets to structure the individual entries further.


Under the heading “Training”, add your vocational training, a degree and the highest school leaving certificate you have achieved. Did you just leave school? Then expand this section with information on primary or secondary school. In addition, you can add the degree obtained in each case as well as the Abitur or Exam grade.

Additional skills

Have you acquired additional qualifications during or after your training that match your job profile? Then let your future employer know and insert them under the appropriate heading.

Special knowledge

A basic knowledge of EDP and at least one foreign language is required in many industries today. However, please point this out, especially if you have in-depth or special knowledge and skills.

Hobbies and honorary posts

You also mention honorary or voluntary positions, hobbies and soft skills in your CV, provided there is a connection to the desired employment. As far as hobbies are concerned, you are welcome to broaden the concept of relevance a little. Because the employer is happy if you do sports or yoga regularly (except for very risky sports) or if you have already gained experience in dealing with people as a trainer.

Gaps in one’s professional career

Breaks and gaps in your professional career are no longer uncommon. You don’t have to hide them – but you have to be able to explain them well. Describe what you have actively done during these times. Well, maybe you:

  • participated in training and further education measures
  • acquired in-depth language skills abroad
  • cared for your parents
  • have undergone further autodidactic training
  • reorientated yourself professionally and completed various internships
  • were voluntarily committed to a social cause