Apply to be a doctor: the best tips and tricks

The road to the doctor is long and time consuming. The study alone lasts for several years, during which time most people will probably wonder why they are doing all this and if it is really worth it. But once they complete their studies, very few people take the time to recover from the years of learning, but they puzzle over how to get a good job as quickly as possible. To increase the chances of success in an application, some tips can help.

The application

As with all applications, it is important to make a good first impression in order to be considered for the shortlist. A good organization is the strong point, because this is how you can meet all deadlines and, above all, deliver the application with all the necessary material. In principle, the application should consist of four parts, although there may be additional requirements in one or another clinic. The four basic elements are the cover, an application letter, your CV (or curriculum vitae) and the attachments with a short summary.

The cover sheet

When it comes to the cover, it’s important to find the perfect balance between professional design and individuality. This means that the cover sheet shouldn’t be designed too creatively or “crazy”, as it can quickly look unprofessional. However, if the design seems too basic to you, you risk getting lost in the crowd of candidates because it doesn’t arouse interest and you don’t get remembered. In terms of color, for example, you can take inspiration from the homepage of the respective hospital. There is a high probability that this falls into a specific color spectrum, which will make a good impression on the hiring manager as it shows that they have committed to that particular hospital.
In addition to a photo of the serious application, the cover should also contain personal data and a short summary. The cover page should also include the word “application” and the position you are applying for.

The photo of the application

The application photo should be taken by a professional photographer to ensure that the pose and exposure are perfect. As for facial expressions, a friendly but competent impression should be created. This means that the candidate in the photo should have a friendly smile, but don’t look too silly. Smiling facial expression is important because eventually the hiring manager will also have an idea of ​​how you present yourself when dealing with patients. An overly serious facial expression can convey a certain level of negativity, which of course is to be avoided when dealing with patients.
When it comes to looks, it’s important to have a clean and tidy look. With this in mind, men should be freshly shaved and styled to make a hygienic impression. Female candidates should also have their hair washed and styled properly and choose natural, gentle makeup
In terms of clothing, both genders should choose serious clothing (such as a shirt for men and a blouse for women) and the clothes should be properly ironed. In summary, you should definitely avoid an unsanitary impression.
For those who want to apply for a medical assistant job outside of Germany, it is important to keep in mind that there may be different requirements there and that, for example, you don’t want photos!

The letter of application

Regarding the application letter, you should briefly and concisely explain your motivation and why you are suitable for this job. While reading, the HR manager should have an idea of ​​the applicant’s personality, which is why great importance should be attached to proper spelling and vocabulary. It is also important to present a realistic picture of yourself, that is, do not invent anything, because if you are considered for the job, it will sooner or later become clear whether the things in the application were true or just made up out of thin air. Ultimately, there is nothing wrong with glossing over some facts, but under no circumstances should the request letter contain lies.
The document must not fill more than one A4 page and must also contain all important personal data such as the applicant’s name, address and other contact details.

The design of the CV

In addition to important personal data, the CV should also list the most important stages in the applicant’s life. This includes, for example, the final grade of high school and university studies. Completed internships that are relevant to the job always make a good impression, because they show the HR manager that you are committed and passionate about your medical profession. However, other internships that demonstrate social skills should also be listed, for example, as this is also an important part of working as a doctor.
It is also important to note the form of the curriculum vitae, as it should not be longer than two Din A4 pages. Also, when listing your data, you need to make sure you start with your last work / study and then go back on the time axis.

Important attachments of the application

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Attachments are important documents that are relevant to the application. These include, for example, primary school certificates or internship certificates, which are documents proving the authenticity of the events recorded in the CV. In terms of order, it should be noted that current documents should be on top, and those that are more in the past can be found on the back of the folder.

Online application

A classic application folder is only required by a few clinics these days. Most, for convenience, request an online application, requiring the applicant to fill out an online form. Although this process takes place digitally, it usually contains the same requirements as a classic application.

The right arrangement

Whether you apply online, via email or the traditional way, the right layout is essential. This means, among other things, that the application should be free of spelling and grammatical errors and that the font should be classic, like Times New Roman. Classic fonts mean those that are easy to read and not overly decorated. The same is true here: find the right balance between seriousness and individuality. For the rest of the layout, it helps to stick to the 13-11-15 rule because you can rarely go wrong. 11 stands for the font size in body text, 13 for the font size for addresses and 15 for headers.


In summary, the application should make a serious impression and reflect a realistic image of the applicant. It is important to master the balance between individuality and professional behavior. If you follow the tips, there is a good chance of getting a job as a resident.

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Alessandra Rusche

Alessandra Rusche

Alexandra Rüsche has been a member of the editorial team of Mittelstand-Nachrichten since 2009. As a journalist, she writes about tourism, family businesses, health issues and innovations. Alexandra is a member of the DPV (Association of the German Press – Association of Journalists). She can be reached via the editorial office’s e-mail address: [email protected]

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