Tips for your application
Meet our Talent Attraction Managers in the videos below. They see many applications every day - and have valuable hints and tips on what to do and what to avoid. Additionally, we have summarized the most important hints in the section below.
#tamtip - Summary of the most important hints
- Keep it short and concise: maximum 2 page CV and 1 page coverletter
- Tailor your application: it shows your motivation for the job and highlights experience, projects and soft skills that match the requirements.
- Show us your personality and your individuality: that's what makes the difference.
- Structure your CV: HR and the hiring manager should be able to see at a glance what you have done and achieved in the past. Start with your current experience and work backwards.
- Tailor your CV and cover letter: highlight projects and/or tasks that fit to the new job.
- Come prepared to the interview: Know the tasks from the job description and some important facts about Infineon and the semiconductor industry. Don't forget to bring some questions about the position.
- Start with an executive summary: include specific applicable experience in relation to the job ad. Show us in three bullet points why you are the person for this job!
- List your latest experience first: from the latest job and project to the very first experience. For every station you provide us with some details - not only headlines. Tell us what you have done or what you have been responsible for. Ideally, these details fit and match the job description we've provided.
- Maximum 2 pages: focus on the most important tasks and responsiblities - the ones that highlight your fit to the job.
- Shows us your motivation: Why do you apply for this specific position? And why at Infineon?
- Don't repeat your CV: highlight your soft skills and tell us more about your projects and experiences. Ideally tailored to the position.
- Maximum 1 page: Keep it short and concise: one page maximum rather than too long. And write it individually for every position; do not copy & paste from other applications. Individuality and quality is key for a good cover letter.
Our Talent Attraction Manager are also on the lookout for so-called "passive candidates". They use the business platform LinkedIn (and in Germany XING) to find candidates that have not yet applied, but might be interesting for us. If you want to be "found" that way, there are few things you should take care of:
- Give us some details. As job titles are very diverse, it would be best to not only state your title, but also naming some more facts: What does your job include? What are your projects? For which products are you responsible?
- Networking. Keep a network that is up to date. Sometimes it is easier for our TAMs to reach out to a joint contact before contacting you.
- Match of CV and qualifications. Our TAMs experience from time to time that candidates provide only key words in the part "what I offer". Often, these qualifications can not be retrieved in the CV. So choose your key words wisely and make sure that the qualification is evident in your CV.
Certificates are important for graduate positions, student jobs and pupils. For someone, who has gained already several years of professional experience, certificates are not that important anymore. The actual professional experience counts more than grades and performance in high school and/or college.
Individuality is key for a good application. If HR and the hiring managers see that someone has really put an effort into his application, this is really a huge plus. It is important for us to see, that you've understood what Infineon stands for and why this is the right company for you. Additionally, at Infineon we are mostly looking for candidates that are individualists. We need extraordinary talents with their own minds. It is good to have an opinion and to stand up for it, as well as being a great team player.
The topic "career changer" is a little bit tricky. We work in a very complex environment and chip development is not something you learn eventually. That means that an application from a career changer depends very much on the department. I.e. for our IT department, it is definitely not a must to know the semiconductor industry. If you are an expert within the SAP environment, you can work in any industry. For some other jobs, the industry may not be important, but a certain qualification is needed. I.e. for the job of a maintenance engineer the qualification as "Elektrofachkraft" is a must.
In general, it makes no sense to apply for several positions at the same time. However, it might be the case that there are several open positions that fit to your profile. In this case, it is of course possible to apply for several positions. Just make sure, that you've made clear why both/all positions are interesting for you. It makes a bad impression on our TAMs if you apply for several positions with the very same cover letter and no individualisation.
For the case, that you've applied for a position, received a rejection and are unsure if you can apply again: we want to encourage you to apply again; especially if you already received an invitation to a (telephone) interview.