Advice & tips
What makes a good cover letter stand out?
We want to get to know you - show us who you are, and what you can do. As your potential new employer we will be looking at your cover letter to see whether you convey a real, discernible interest in working at IVU. I recommend that applicants refer to the job profile when writing their cover letter, and use specific examples to demonstrate their suitability. Writing sentences such as "I am a team-player because...", for example, should allow you to highlight your previous experience and individual skills through relevant examples.
What do you look for in a CV?
A complete CV is expected as a matter of course. If there are gaps, they don't all have to be explained in the cover letter, but the applicant should be prepared for follow-up questions about them at interview.
What further documents should applicants send?
When you are putting your application together, put yourself in our shoes and select supporting documents for a professionally interested reader. In terms of certificates we are primarily interested in educational and training certificates and evidence of employment. It makes sense to include supplementary advanced training certificates as well if they are current and clearly relevant for the position in question.
What role does a photo play in the application?
We are happy to have a photo, but it is by no means necessary. The photo presentation can be as individual as you are: in a suit or more casual, black-and-white or in colour - it's up to you! Good candidates are more important to us than good photos after all.
What interview tips do you have?
You don't need to learn the entire contents of our website by heart to prepare for the interview. It should, however, be clear in the interview that you have engaged with IVU and your future duties and responsibilities here. Explain to us why you are exactly the person we are looking for. Authenticity is extremely important to us - we want to get to know you as a person, aside from your professional qualifications. We are looking for really good candidates, and will take the time to get to know you in both interviews.
Five steps to IVU
Are you interested in one of our vacancies? We look forward to receiving your application! As soon as we receive your application documents a multi-stage process begins - we want to work together with you to find out whether and where you can play a part at IVU.
1. Application documents
Please send your complete application documents along with a cover letter to Henning Müller by e-mail, via job(at)ivu.de. As soon as we have received your application we will send you a confirmation of receipt.
2. Application check - in the first two weeks
We will carefully check your profile together with the relevant head of division in regard to your qualifications and experience.
3. Invitation to interview – after around three weeks
If your qualifications fit our requirement profile, we will invite you to interview to get to know you personally. In conversation with two managers and the Head of HR you have the opportunity to convince us as a candidate - and we, as an organisation, have the opportunity to convince you. You can also ask any questions you have and set out your expectations.
4. Invitation to a second interview - after around four weeks
If the first interview is successful, we will arrange a second with you. In this interview two other managers will take part, so that you can get to know them as well. Your future HR manager will also be present at the second interview, if not earlier, and you can discuss the details of possible tasks at IVU with them.
5. Contract offer
If your impression of us is as good as ours of you, we will be delighted to offer you a contract and welcome you to IVU.