Your application is made up of three elements: a covering letter, a CV and certificates/references.
A covering letter is mandatory for school pupils, students and graduates. It's important to be clear and concise — your covering letter should not take up more than one page (A4). As a recruiter, I want to know such things as why you are interested in working for Deutsche Telekom. Please tell us about your aims and ambitions. In particular, I want to know what practical experience you have which qualifies you for this role. Always refer to the advertised vacancy.
Be specific. It's the quickest way for us to work out if you are right for the vacancy advertised. I always like covering letters to tell me about you as a person, what makes you tick, with a particular emphasis on your strengths. Correct spelling and grammar are also important.
Your CV should have an obvious structure. In other words: Less is more! Mention as many points as possible that are relevant to the respective job. As a recruiter, I am particularly interested in anything on your CV that sets you apart from other applicants. Remember to link your strengths or know-how to the job requirements. Your CV should contain further details, such as what exactly you did in your internship, and what your responsibilities were. My tip, especially for anyone just starting out on a career, is to remember to include information on any volunteer work you do. Volunteering gives you skills that others don't yet have, such as a strong sense of responsibility. The standard CV format is arranged as follows: Personal details, education with specialist subjects and grades, followed by work experience. This isn't a strict requirement, though, so you may choose to do it differently. And what to do if you run out of room? Use links and refer to your Xing or LinkedIn profiles, for example.
References and certificates
Please only include references and certificates that are relevant to the job. Details of additional qualifications are welcome, provided they are useful for the job itself. What we do like to see is evidence of internships, foreign placements giving the exact dates, and language courses.
A photograph might gain you brownie points but is not essential. Please remember that it must look professional. For the best results, talk to your local photo studio. Your friends can also help you choose the perfect picture. Don't be afraid to play with colors and design elements in your application dossier. If you are a unique applicant, your application should reflect that! We welcome lateral thinkers and creative minds.