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Excerpted from the Austria Career Guide

Since Austria’s entry into the European Union in 1995, Austrian résumés/CVs increasingly follow general Western European standards. While certain regional distinctions remain, they are of minor importance insofar as applications by expatriates are concerned. In most cases, sending a CV together with a cover letter will suffice. However, once companies are interested in getting to know an applicant better, they may request an application folder (Bewerbungsmappe). This is common procedure in Austria. A complete application folder typically includes:

  • Cover sheet with a professionally-taken photograph
  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Copies of references from all previous employments
  • Copies of all qualification certificates (school, university, other courses)

Cover Letter Guidelines and Samples

The first paragraph of the cover letter should introduce the applicant and convey his or her motivation for writing. It should briefly include how the applicant heard about the vacant position and should raise the reader’s interest.

The main body of the letter (one to three paragraphs) should explain succinctly why the applicant is the right person for the position and for the company. Personal skills and qualities should be highlighted, as should the most relevant aspects of the jobseeker’s career development and educational training. Overall, however, the focus of the cover letter should be on personal skills rather than on the content of the résumé/CV.

Résumé / CV Guidelines and Samples

The résumé/CV should include information on the following:

  • Personal details
  • Education and vocational training
  • Additional training
  • Work experience
  • Internships and summer jobs (only for recent graduates, not too detailed and only the important ones)
  • Special skills
  • Interests and hobbies

This information should fit on a maximum of two pages. Unlike the cover letter, which can be more narrative in nature, the résumé/CV should be strictly factual.

You'll find more advice and cover letter and resume samples in the complete Austria Guide.

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