Application portfolio check

We would be happy to look through your application documents and give you valuable tips for your successful application.

For an application file check, make an appointment so that we have enough time to go through the documents together. Please send us your documents in advance so that we can check them before the deadline.

In addition, we also offer you short information sessions for the preparation of application documents. Appointments take place on an ongoing basis. Please make an appointment in advance by telephone or e-mail: careerservice(at)hs-ansbach.de, +49 (0)981 4877-544

Simulation job interview

You have already sent one or more successful applications and have an invitation to an interview? Perfect! Now is the time to convince.

How do I respond to difficult questions?
What does my body language say in the interview?
How do I dress?
You will now ask yourself these and other questions.

To successfully master the first interview, take advantage of our offer: we simulate an interview that matches your application,
so that you can practice difficult questions in advance, optimize your effect and convince all along the line.

You will find dates and a registration form for simulating an interview in our workshop and seminar offer (German). If you are unable to attend the dates listed, please contact us and we will find an alternative date: careerservice(at)hs-ansbach.de

Career advice and application tips

The application is your business card and conveys a first impression of you. As you know, this is the most important and decides whether you will be considered in the further application process. Therefore, you should take the time to prepare your documents and adapt each application to the respective company and the advertised position. We will be happy to support you.

Here you will find important information as recommendations of the Career Service of Ansbach University on the individual components of an application:

A good cover letter should be short and concise. A clear structure should be visible to the reader. In addition to the structure and content, the layout of your cover letter can also decide whether or not a personnel officer will continue to read.

Design, layout and format of the cover letter:

In order to make it as easy as possible for the recipient to read the cover letter, it should not only be structured in terms of content, but also include an appealing and easy-to-understand layout. It is important to choose a uniform font that is easy to read (e.g. Arial). Avoid using ornate fonts or writing in your application. The font size should not be larger than 12 pt and not smaller than 10 pt. The font colour is black.

A cover letter should have between 3 and 5 paragraphs, which are thematically structured. The line spacing is one line and the paragraphs are separated by blank lines.

An adaptation of the design of the application to the respective company (regarding colour etc.) is very popular, but can also distract from the Western. Avoid all too conspicuous designs and try to prove your creativity rather by work samples and keep your application simple.
 

Structure:

  • Sender

    Contains your personal information such as name, address and telephone number. Make sure you can find your contact information quickly.

  • Place and date

    Your current place of residence and the current date are indicated.

  • Addressee

    Here is the name of the recipient. Pay special attention to spelling mistakes, this can be embarrassing. If there is no contact person in the job description, it is best to call in advance to find a contact person.

  • Subject line

    Do not use the word "subject" at the beginning. Here is the exact job title of the position you want to apply for. Please also note that you may have to enter a reference number if there is one.

  • Salutation

    The salutation should always be personal, avoid "Dear Ladies and Gentlemen".

  • Introduction

    The first sentence should already arouse the interest of the addressee - avoid general phrases such as: "I am applying with this..." and "I have read with great interest that you...". Instead, start with a personal reference, e.g.: "I already know your company from the university contact fair at Ansbach University...".

  • Main part

    Here you present yourself with your special knowledge and skills - both technical and soft skills. Avoid retelling your curriculum vitae at all costs, but emphasize previous activities that are important for the advertised position. For this you should talk about your current job, for example: "I will finish my studies in applied engineering at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences by winter semester XY...".

  • Corporate reference

    Here, experience is required in which you have already been able to prove the requirements of the position. For university graduates, this is not so easy to implement due to a lack of experience, which is why in such cases parallels to experiences in associations, comparable honorary positions or university events are possible. You can also underpin your soft skills with examples from everyday university or work life.

  • Final part

    At the end (if desired) information about starting date or salary expectations can be given. We would also be happy to inform you that you are looking forward to the interview.

  • Attachments (optional)

    At the end there is only the word "attachments", which signals to the reader that attachments (curriculum vitae, certificates) still follow.

 

The curriculum vitae - some tips

The curriculum vitae is the most important part of an application. It gives HR professionals a brief overview of their entire professional career. A clear structure is therefore essential. The desired information should be as easy as possible for the reader to find. In addition, a harmonious, uniform layout and, of course, the content must be ensured.

Form and structure:

  • Contact details

    First your contact details should be mentioned. In addition to your name and address, enter a telephone number and a neutral e-mail address. You can also enter your date of birth, place of birth, marital status and children, but this is not mandatory.

  • Design

    The design should be appealing and serve for clarity. It is important to ensure that the complete application ultimately creates a uniform image. With regard to individual design elements, you can use elements from the company's design, for example, the color of the logo. But beware, do not copy the whole appearance of the company. As with the cover letter, a clear font (e.g. Arial) should be chosen. The curriculum vitae should be harmonious in itself. The tabular presentation method is recommended here. The curriculum vitae should not be longer than two pages.

  • Content structure

    It is advisable to structure the content according to, for example, professional activities, training & studies and further training, as this gives the reader a good overview of individual career stages. An antichronological structure of the individual sections is advisable within these structures. The most current position is the first to be executed. All stations should be shown with monthly details, e.g. 08/2017-10/2017 or 08.2017-10.2017).

  • Formality

    The completion of the curriculum vitae is indicated by the creation location and the creation date. The CV is also signed in person.

 

Content:

The curriculum vitae should primarily be complete with short, concise information. Whole sentences have no place in a curriculum vitae, you should limit yourself to key points but avoid incomprehensible abbreviations. In addition you should pay attention absolutely to the correct spelling of your former employers.

However, a formally correct curriculum vitae is only the basis. The chances of getting the job in question can be increased if the CV is strategically designed and adapted to the position in question.
Check exactly which of your stations is important for the new job. Highlight them by taking up the relevant activities there and naming them in key points. At the same time, also address projects and special tasks, especially if they are relevant for the advertised position. If you still have little professional experience, outline the focal points of your studies in key points, provided these are interesting for the new activities. Always make sure that you not only highlight your specialist knowledge, but also your soft skills. For this you can list voluntary or other activities.
Your special knowledge and skills are usually at the end of your CV. Here it is to be paid attention that these are evaluated, e.g. English - business fluent.

 

The application photo - some tips

Nowadays, the application photo is still an important part of an application. This will give you a first impression of yourself. This is why the effect of the photo should not be underestimated. For an application picture you should visit a photographer and take your time accordingly. Photos from vending machines and leisure pictures are taboo.

  • Up-to-dateness

    In order to get a contemporary impression of you, the application photo should not be older than one year.

  • Friendly smile

    Basically, the application photo should represent you in a natural position. For a pleasant appearance, it is important that you feel comfortable. A friendly smile always contributes to a positive perception. Make sure, however, that it does not appear too posed or exaggerated.

  • Discreet colours

    Choose a subtle background. This should match your clothes. The background should be appropriate to your desired location and free of any imprints or lettering. In general it is better to be overdressed than underdressed.

  • Format

    The application picture usually has its place on the first page of the resume above right. Two sizes are possible: 6cm x 4cm or 9cm x 6cm.
    If you have chosen a cover sheet, the picture should be shown in the lower third. Here the format can also deviate, since generally more place is available.

 

Tips for visiting career fairs

Relevant trade fairs
Since there are a large number of career fairs taking place in Germany, you should conscientiously choose which are really interesting for you.

Good preparation
Those who simply stroll around for the fair will probably leave it without success. Good preparation is indispensable. Career fairs can only be compared with speed dating with your potential employers. As an applicant, you have to present yourself as a suitable candidate in the shortest possible time and still get important information about the company and the job offer.

Appointments in advance
Research the participating companies in advance of the trade fair. Find out more about vacant positions. Should you find any interesting offers, please contact the personnel department of the respective company directly and ask for an appointment during the trade fair.

Individual application folders
You have already informed yourself about the companies present and their vacant positions, then you can prepare your application documents in advance. Design them individually for each position.
In order to be prepared for spontaneous interviews, keep your CV in your pocket. Even if you have no complete application documents with you, your CV and your personal interview will give the HR manager a first impression and will help him remember you even after the trade fair.

Luggage
At the career fair you should have your hands free so that you can spontaneously greet someone with a handshake. However, you should be equipped with your application documents, a notebook and a ballpoint pen.

Dress code
Think for yourself what a company might expect of you. The dress code often differs depending on the industry and position. Dress overdressed rather than too casual and casual. Make sure, however, that you feel comfortable in your outfit and that it suits you, as a rule of thumb: Attend the trade fair in the outfit with which you would appear later on the first working day.

Internship and job search

Finding a job is sometimes difficult. Where can I find the right vacancies for me? What should I do when looking for a job? We recommend combining different strategies, searching in online stock exchanges, but also using other sources such as trade journals, company databases and networks.

Below are some tips to help you find what you are looking for. We will also be happy to advise you personally in a consultation on job and internship search. Make an appointment: careerservice(at)hs-ansbach.de

  • In the Hochschul-Jobbörse you will find a large number of regional internship offers, job advertisements or working student activities.
  • The ochschulkontaktmesse always takes place in the summer semester and offers you an ideal opportunity to make contact with companies.
  • The Praxistage take place regularly in spring. Here you have the unique opportunity to visit and get to know selected companies on site.
  • Visit career fairs and events and build your own network.
  • Make use of the experience of your fellow students, perhaps you can get tips for your company search.
  • In addition, you can also ask your lecturers for tips on possible internships and employers.
  • Use the relevant newspapers of the city or country to find out where you would like to do an internship. Trade fair catalogues or company brochures with a view to companies and institutions that could be considered for an internship are also helpful supporters.
  • Do you already know where you would like to work? Then it would be a good idea to send an unsolicited application to the relevant companies. It is also advisable to check with the company beforehand in which area internships are possible. In addition, you can arouse your curiosity during the telephone conversation.
  • A list of the companies with which students of our university have completed their internships is available from us (we would be happy to advise you in a personal appointment).
  • There are a number of online job exchanges (general, regional or sector-specific) for job searches on the Internet. It is important that you know what you are looking for. What activities and sectors, what region and what kind of work are you interested in? An overview with links to online job exchanges can be found below.
  • Use our documents. The Career Service provides you with some career magazines and books. Visit us in building 54 to pick up magazines and information about career entry.

Would you like to do an internship abroad? We have compiled the most important information for you below.

Internship abroad

An internship abroad is an exciting experience. During your studies, you can immerse yourself in the working world of another country and get to know it intensively. You will make many contacts, enjoy unique experiences and gain your first professional experience.

Below we have compiled some important information for you. If you have any further questions or would like advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Advantages:

  • Internship and international experience in one
  • Intensify language skills
  • Development of soft skills (self-confidence, openness, flexibility, responsibility)
  • Increase job opportunities
  • ...


Search:

It is of course more difficult than finding an internship in Germany, but there are still some websites that will make your search easier. You can also find international job offers in our Hochschuljobbörse.

    www.studieren-weltweit.de/infos-finden/#praktikum
    www.daad.de/ausland/praktikum
    www.daad.de/laenderinformationen
    www.studieren-weltweit.de/praktikumsvermittlung

In addition, the Career Service at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences offers a QuickFix on the subject of applications in English and an application portfolio check for English applications. Information can be found under the current seminar and event program.

Below we have compiled some important information for you. If you have any further questions or would like advice, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Advantages:

  • Internship and international experience in one
  • Intensify language skills
  • Development of soft skills (self-confidence, openness, flexibility, responsibility)
  • Increase job opportunities
  • ...


Financing:

  1. Compensated position
    Some internships abroad are remunerated. If your salary is not sufficient for living abroad, find out about the conditions in good time.#
  2. Erasmus+
    Are you doing an internship in another European country? Then you can apply for an Erasmus+ scholarship. You can find out more at the International Office.
  3. DAAD Short Scholarship
    The German Academic Exchange Service also awards short-term scholarships. You have the opportunity to do so if you organise an internship of no more than three months at an international organisation, a German mission abroad, a Goethe-Institut or at a German school abroad.
  4. PROMOS
    For an internship of up to six months, the German Academic Exchange Service with the PROMOS program can be considered. For more information, please contact the International Office.
  5. Combined study and practical semester
    Stays abroad for up to one year can also be funded by the DAAD. For this purpose, a university semester is combined with work experience in the form of an internship. The prerequisite for this is that the internship is prescribed in the course of study.
  6. Foreign BAföG
    As soon as the internship abroad is a compulsory internship, it can also be supported with BAföG, even if you cannot obtain one in Germany. The planned stay abroad must last at least twelve weeks.
  7. Other funding opportunities (scholarships, educational loans, etc.)
    Further information can be found on the pages of the International Office.

Online job boards

Timetable for career entry

In order to be successful in finding a job quickly, there are a few important points to keep in mind.

  • You should define your goals at an early stage. What should your dream company / everyday working life look like? What size should the company be?
  • Recognize your potential. What hard and soft skills do you have?
  • Can you demonstrate additional qualifications that are not necessarily required for the position, but nevertheless represent a significant added value for you?
  • Do you have work experience or practical experience during your studies?
  • What kind of career entry do you want? Should it be a trainee position, direct entry or a hornorary contract for freelance work?
  • Which professional fields are desired and possible?
  • Where are you looking? Are you local or maybe even worldwide applicable?

Important: actively search for your dream job! But start early (six to eight months)!

 

Online job boards
There are a number of job boards on the Internet. It is always recommended to use several channels, portals and job search options.

For a successful search, first consider which job offers you are looking for. Select the job exchanges accordingly. Tip: Never search for just one job title. Always use the German and possibly the English version. Think outside the box and use different search terms. Not every company has the same job title, but the job description could be similar.

You can find more job search tips at the Career Service or in the QuickFix on this topic. Click here for more information on the events on offer.

Below we have compiled a selection of job portals for you. On these pages you will often find not only job offers, but also application tips and articles about the application process, which might be helpful for your application process.

 

University Job Exchange
The university job exchange offers a wide range of internships, graduate positions, bachelor theses and working student jobs.
With the GO MATCH matching offer, you also have the opportunity to have suitable positions directly suggested to you. On the basis of your ideas and wishes, suitable positions in Germany and abroad will be suggested to you as part of a scoring process. Access to the service and further information can be found in the Hochschul-Jobbörse.


Job exchanges for internships

  • www.praktikumsanzeigen.info
  • www.jobsuma.de
  • www.meinpraktikum.de
  • www.unicum.de
  • www.1000praktika.de
  • www.praktikumsstelle.de
  • www.campusjaeger.de


Job exchanges for graduates

  • www.absolventa.de
  • www.absolvent.de
  • www.akademiker-online.de
  • www.staufenbibel.de
  • www.karriereneuling.de
  • www.karriere.unicum.de
  • www.careerguide24.com*
  • www.jooble.org


Regional job exchanges

  • www.oberfrankenjobs.de
  • www.mittelfrankenjobs.de
  • www.unterfrankenjobs.de


Job exchanges for the Faculty of Business

  • www.mittelstandskarriere.de
  • www.efinancialcareers.de
  • www.bvdw.org
  • www.multimedia.de
  • www.djv.de
  • www.dasauge.de/jobs
  • www.absolutebeginners.de
  • www.consultants.de
  • www.it-jobs.de
  • www.get-in-it.de
  • www.jobspotting.de*


Job exchanges for the Faculty of Engineering

  • www.academics.de
  • www.analytik.de
  • www.bund.de
  • www.energiejobs.de
  • www.ingenierkarriere.de
  • www.t5-karriereportal.de
  • www.jobvector.de
  • www.mittelstandskarriere.de
  • www.arbyte.de
  • www.ingenieurkarriere.de
  • www.get-in-engineering.de
  • www.bmu.de
  • www.bdvb.de
  • www.nachhaltigejobs.de
  • www.epojobs.de
  • www.myscience.de/jobs
  • www.greenjobs.de*
  • www.rechnerphotovoltaik.de/jobboerse

Job exchanges for the Faculty of Media

  • www.mediajobs.de
  • www.multimedia.de
  • www.dasauge.de/jobs
  • www. medienjobs.boersenblatt.net
  • www.horizontjobs.de
  • www.medienwiki.org
  • www.newsroom.de (Journalismus, PR)
  • www.jobs.mediabiz.de (Entertainment-Branche)
  • www.druck-medien.net (Druck- und Medienbranche)


Public service

  • www.interamt.de
  • www.bund.de*


International job exchanges

  • www.jobs-io.de
  • www.academicjobseu.com
  • www.sciencemag.org/careers
  • www.jobrank.org
  • www.jajobs.de*

*no claim to completeness

Alumni

Welcome to the alumni page of Ansbach University of Applied Sciences. As a graduate you have spent a lot of time at the university. Not only have you all accumulated knowledge, gained a lot of experience and developed your individual skills, but you have also made friends and made valuable contacts at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences.

After your time at Ansbach University, you have a degree in your pocket, pursue different goals and break new ground. In this exciting time and in this new phase of life, you unfortunately often lose sight of acquaintances from your university days.

The Ansbach University of Applied Sciences has put together an interesting offer for all alumni. However, the Almuni work is continuously being expanded. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions, suggestions or requests.


Advice and service
The Career Service of the Ansbach University of Applied Sciences will be happy to advise you up to one year after your graduation, for example on career reorientation or job changes.
You can also take advantage of the opportunity to take part in our courses and offers free of charge (with the exception of paid courses). If you would like to take part in a course, please submit proof of exmatriculation.


Job market
Take a look at the university job exchange. There you will not only find jobs for graduates, but also jobs that require initial work experience.


Dates
Here you will find all dates worth knowing about events at Ansbach University of Applied Sciences.


further training
Take a look at our continuing education opportunities and Master's programmes.


Commitment
We would be delighted if you would remember your studies and your university well. You also think that knowledge doubles when you share it? Then share your knowledge with our students and give something back to your educational institution. Get involved in the Career Service and use your knowledge to make it easier for our students to start their careers. Through your experience and knowledge, we would like to further expand the contact and practical relevance of our services. Would you like to serve as a speaker, e.g. for lectures on professional fields, subject-specific topics or workshops? Then get in touch with us: careerservice(at)hs-ansbach.de


Value paper
Your personal security entitles you to take courses of your choice from the courses offered at Ansbach University (subject to availability). If you successfully complete a course, you will receive a certificate. The redemption of your personal security is not scheduled. You can therefore redeem this security with us for the rest of your life.
How do you get your personal security?
Students at Ansbach University will receive their personal security worth a total of 10 ECTS points (European Credit Transfer System) upon successful completion of their studies.
For advice and registration, please contact careerservice(at)hs-ansbach.de or call 0981/4877-574/-544.

Advice for founders

The Career Service offers you a first point of contact if you want to start out from your studies. We are also happy to put you in touch with external counselling and service centres.
In addition, we regularly offer workshops on the subject of "founding a business" in cooperation with the Ansbach and BayStartUp business development agencies. You will find current information on this in our seminar and workshop program.

Further information and tips