A good application opens the door to your future career. Make a good impression from the very start by giving a positive account of your qualifications and personality. These tips will help you do this:
1. Make sure that your application documents are complete.
A good application usually includes the following:
2. Use the cover letter to catch the recruiter’s interest.
Make sure that the cover letter is well-structured (not more than one page, e.g. three paragraphs, each of max. four lines). Writing a brief and concise letter shows that you know what counts.
Those new to the job market should mention internships, summer jobs or voluntary work.
3. Attach an up-to-date CV
If you want to attach a photo (not essential!), it should not be more than a year old. Make sure that you look tidy. The photo should be taken by a professional, not cropped from a personal photo.
4. Stick to the standards
5. How do others do it?
We recommend browsing the Internet, for example, to get some ideas. You will find plenty of templates and sample applications – many of them free – to help you structure your own application.
Ask friends and/or family to read through your application and give you feedback. Perhaps they have some suggestions for improvement or can spot mistakes that need to be corrected.
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