Your application represents your first contact with a company. That is why you are well advised to invest time and money in your application. Your documents are your business card; they give the HR manager an initial impression of you. And that is crucial!
Regardless of whether yours is a spontaneous application or a response to an advertised post – always do the research to find out the exact name of the company, its address and the person to contact. A complete application is made up of a covering letter, a CV and references. Do not use Internet-style abbreviations; a polite form of address and correct spelling and punctuation are de rigueur.
The most important part of any application is the personal letter – the objective is to introduce yourself briefly on no more than one page. In the letter, you explain:
why you want to work with that company in particular,
why you are the right person for the company and the advertised post,
why employing you could be an advantage for the company.
Present yourself in a positive and optimistic way and be natural. Anyone who exaggerates or hides their light under a bushel is stacking the cards against themselves.
The CV is a tabular list of your professional career, education and training. Pay attention to the following points:
You should also enclose:
In recent years, electronic applications have become the norm, but they are scarcely any different from postal applications. Attachments should not exceed 3MB altogether. Larger data volumes are often blocked. Save your covering letter, CV and documents separately – best of all in pdf format. In your e-mail, write just a short accompanying text. The principal information should figure in your covering letter.
When you are invited to an interview, the job is within reach! Besides arriving punctually for the interview and being well-groomed, there are a few more points to pay attention to.
Being well-prepared is half the battle
Find out everything you can about your potential new employer. On the Internet, you can find information about any company to help prepare yourself for any questions
Apply some thought as to what your capabilities and skills are. Only someone who is aware of their strengths and weaknesses will be able to come across as self-confident without seeming arrogant.
Your big moment
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