To write the perfect application, it does not need more than this article says. Honestly! For more than ten years, we have made it our mission to provide you with the best tips on the application process and the job interview prepared by experienced professionals (including free downloads). So you can prepare yourself practically and competently for the upcoming application process. The following article contains a comprehensive compendium on the letter of application, curriculum vitae, attachments and certificates, as well as the structure of the application folder, as well as more samples and templates for downloading. Here we go…
Your future career begins with the application
Every new job, every career starts with an application. This is also your personal business card and first work sample. Anyone who slaves here and makes noticeable little effort lowers his chances enormously.
Of course, all beginnings are difficult. First and foremost, writing an application, formulating and arguing in the letter, a convincing structure of the curriculum vitae, choosing the right equipment … But that is not a rocket science.
In this application guide we will show you step by step how to build, formulate and optimize your application documents. Only one request: Always consider our tips as suggestions. No matter how big the temptation is, please do not write down any of the sample applications and templates 1: 1. People recognize this – and quickly reject such a candidate.
An application that is as convincing as it is successful is the most important step before the job interview – and, of course, before the hopefully following recruitment and the employment contract. So let’s start systematically: Classically, a complete application consists of three elements …
Application Structure: The 3 building blocks of the application
Writing a successful application is not that difficult. As complex as the structure may seem to some – basically, the application consists of no more than 3 puzzle pieces that need to be cleverly arranged.
These three building blocks are essential:
- The letter or application letter called.
- The resume.
- The equipment (certificates, certificates, references).
If you apply, these three types of documents are a must for a classic application (exception: short application and online application folder). You must not omit it.
In contrast to the…
CAN inserts in the application:
Cover sheet (as overview)
Application photo (in the CV)
Proof of further education (only if relevant for the job)
Copy of driver’s license (if required)
Copy of the certificate of good conduct (if required)
These do not necessarily have to be attached – unless they are explicitly requested.
Of course, every single piece of the puzzle – cover letter, CV, attachments – has different requirements and challenges. What you need to consider in your application, we explain in the following – with practical tips and tricks …
Write and build an application: The cover letter
Paper is patient, but human resources are not. Many of the HR decision-makers skim through the curriculum vitae to see if the candidate has the requisite must-have qualifications, such as the required university degree, education or specific work experience. This is the first rough preselection.
After that, the HR specialists devote themselves to the so-called application letter.
Numerous application myths entwine around this one-sider. You can forget most of it. Your cover letter stands and falls with the text in it.
In contrast to the curriculum vitae, which raises the candidate’s qualification profile, the application letter reflects his personality and motivation. Therefore it is sometimes confused with the letter of motivation, which is something different and less formal.
The most important rule for the cover letter is: Repeat here, please never just the highlights of the biography or what is already in the CV. Rather, show the staff member why you are applying for this job and why you are the best candidate for it. Let you also flash something of your passion.
Applicants are welcome to show a few rough edges. Dare to dare something. That makes you and your application individually and personally.
This starts, for example, with the first sentence. You should never start the so-called introductory sentence with a standard sentence such as hereby I am applying for …. Boring. And worn out.
Instead, with the introductory sentence, you should take the perspective of the HR staff – and, for example, show which and how you use your skills and talents in the new position to create added value.
You realize what the difference is: Instead of addressing your own career goals and career aspirations (as many applicants do), put your qualifications in the service of the new employer in your application. So you wake up right from the beginning interest and stand out from the crowd positively.
Under no circumstances should you start the cover letter with why you no longer want the previous job. You may want to send such a subtle compliment to the new employer, but that’s not it. In fact, it focuses your statements on what you want – but does not arouse interest in the benefits you bring. But these are the most important for every employer.
The cover letter must be correspondingly clear and concise – and, of course, free of grammatical and spelling mistakes.
Graduates should focus their argumentation on previous major fields of study. Anyone who comes from the university is more of a generalist. Posted (and promoted) but mostly specialists. Therefore, focus your application on the requested requirements of the job you are applying for. And make sure you put the I’m-but-only-a-student-attitude. Anyone looking for a job offer should never look like a petitioner. They are well educated, have talent and bring their strengths and commitment. That has a value!
Professionals, on the other hand, concentrate on the current position and successfully completed projects. You argue with your past successes and how you can and want to use this know-how and experience for the new employer.
Submit subtly in the application that you have dealt with the company, its products, its culture, by citing a few recent figures or responding to a recent published interview of the CEO or the product. The emphasis here is on subtle: It must be clear why you are interested in the advertised position, why for this company and why you can cope with the requirements of the job.
And give yourself a few days to formulate the application. Quick shots rarely succeed. So let’s just leave the application for a while, sleep over it for a night or ask some friends to read it and say what they think about your cover letter.