Before you apply for a position, you should spend some time thinking about the following questions:
- What can I do, and what can’t I do?
- What do I enjoy doing, and what don’t I enjoy?
- What am I particularly suited for and what not?
- What are my main personal attributes?
- What are my personal targets regarding the position (tasks, scope of responsibility, organisational integration, competencies, interfaces, development options) and the
company? (size, industry, region, corporate culture)
If you apply to us, you will receive information on the open position, so you can decide if it matches your requirements. You can also contact the responsible consultant for more information on the position and the company. Learn more about our application process.
You found no interesting position among our current job offers? You can also submit an unsolicited application.
Your application documents
Your application should include the following documents:
Cover letter: Your cover letter should raise the interest of the reader and present your qualifications, as they relate to the position: Refer to the job offer, explain why you are applying for the position in that particular company and why you are the right person (m/f) for the job (your qualification, expertise, personal goals and interests, as they relate to the job).
CV: Your CV should have a clear tabular layout. List your professional career briefly but completely (companies, activities, successes), your school education and job training with degrees, diplomas, etc., any further education/training (name, institute, subject) and any other skills and expertise (e.g. languages, IT skills) as well as your interests. The CV should show the current date and your signature. If you have additional questions, you can simply use our free CV check.
Photo Your application photo (format: 6.5 x 4.5 cm) can be black and white or in colour. Have it taken by a good professional photographer. On the photo, you should present yourself as respectable, responsible and natural, in particular with regard to your wardrobe. You can use a larger version of this photo with some additional information as a cover page on the first page, or you can place a smaller photo in the upper right hand corner of your CV.
Report cards, references etc.: Compile good scans of your report cards, references, certificates, etc. relating to the job offer and place them in reverse chronological order.
Your application documents should be sent as follows:
Cover letter either in the email or as a separate PDF attachment together with the photo page and the CV. The report cards, references, etc. are attached as a second PDF file and should be sorted in reverse chronological order as indicated above. Limit the size of the files – if possible, stay below 5 MB.
There are multiple ways to submit your application to us:
Online form: Use our online form to apply to a specific position or for an unsolicited application.
Via email: Send your application to firstname.lastname@example.org or directly to the designated contact. Attach your CV with the relevant report cards, references, etc. as PDF attachments. In order to match your profile, we also need to know what salary you envision for the position, your notice period and if you are willing to relocate.
Quick application: If you are already registered on our website, you can use your email address for a quick application. You can also apply via your Xing or LinkedIn profile, skipping the need for a formal application. Check your privacy settings to ensure that you can receive messages from all Xing members.
The job interview
Before we present you to a client, we will provide you with extensive feedbacks and tips. We accompany you to the job interview and give you feedback on how the interview went and how you can optimize your presentation.
- Learn as much as possible about the company (e.g. via the internet, annual reports, company brochures, media, Chamber of Commerce and Industry, information from company employees, etc.), maybe even by talking to (former) employees.
- Think about how to present your career (work, performance, successes, gaps, etc.), what your motives were for each step and what your personal professional highlights. Formulate a clear vision of your personal and professional goals, your personal situation (family, mobility, willingness to travel, etc.), your strengths and weaknesses.
- Think about questions you want to put to the company, like what their expectations are regarding the new hire, why did the position become vacant, how many employees work in this area, and if there is an introductory training plan.
- Bring copies of your application documentation, writing material, paper and a list of your questions for the company to the job interview.
- Your dress should be neat and appropriate for the Position.
- Find out in advance, whom you will be talking to, how you travel to the job interview and where exactly you are going to meet. Be punctual – you should be there 15 minutes early.
- Think about your expectations regarding your salary. Learn about competitive compensation in the food industry.
During the interview, you should pay attention to the following points:
- Keep eye contact with all present persons and maintain positive body language.
- Engage with your interviewers, show interest.
- Be self-confident, but assume a somewhat defensive role. Do not interrupt your interviewers.
- Listen attentively and note down important information.
- Answer questions properly. If you don’t understand a question, ask for clarification.
- Do not lose your calm.
- Do not speak ill of your current/previous company or your boss under any circumstances.
Starting out at the new Job
After the application is before the application. A new environment and new challenges await you. If we place you, we will remain in contact with you and support you during your familiarization and development. We will continue to support and advise you after you are hired. Take a look at our application process.
Your preparations for a smooth start:
- Gather additional information about your new employer.
- Inquire what expertise and competencies you should obtain – improve knowledge gaps (e.g. foreign languages, PC skills) and expand your relevant expertise.
- Don’t neglect your physical condition
The first day at the new job: Make sure that the first impression is a good one!
- Ask about the usual practices for the “introduction” (not too little and not too much).
- Appropriate clothing and punctuality are important.
- Be friendly and respectful to everyone.
- Seek contact (you can for example go to lunch with your colleagues).
- Listen, ask questions and observe – try to avoid being a know-it-all and don’t talk too much out of insecurity.
- Be helpful and friendly. Where necessary, establish boundaries.
- Avoid gossiping.
- Try to find out unwritten rules and observe them.
- Be sensible with regard to working hours.