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Compiling an Application
Have you found companies/social institutions to which you wish to apply? Do you also have the name of the responsible contact person to which you should send your application letter?
Then you can now compile your application documents. Note the form (e.g. postal, by e-mail, online application) in which the application is requested and the documents the corporate partner requires, and then compile your application. Tailor your cover letter specifically to suit each organisation. Collective letters which are sent in the same form to numerous companies or social institutions will be quickly exposed, even where the name is changed.
Include the following on your cover letter:
- The reason for your application
- Your current occupation (including school details where appropriate)
- Your qualification (note what the company is actually looking for)
- Your motivation
With regard to your curriculum vitae/résumé, ensure that all the following specific details are included:
- Personal details
- School education
- Work experience (if available)
- Further qualifications
- Special skills and knowledge
- Miscellaneous (e.g. voluntary commitments, hobbies where appropriate)
Ensure when specifying all your information that it should be of relevance to the employer and should attract his interest in you.
The application documents are your calling card and your opportunity to make an initial impression. They can excite their sympathy or antipathy in a matter of seconds and decide whether you will be offered an interview or not. You should therefore ensure that your documents have an orderly appearance. Sheets which smell of cigarette smoke or are dog-eared and “decorated” with grease spots should be avoided at all cost.
Your application photo also plays an important role. Employers are no longer entitled to request a photograph with an application. However, should you decide to include a picture, ensure that it makes a serious impression and is taken by a professional photographer.
Holiday photos are rarely suitable for an application dossier.
Each individual document should be attached in a single pdf document if you are sending the application by e-mail. This facilitates the sorting process and printing of documents in the personnel department. In addition to saving the company time, it also ensures that your documents can be read in the order in which you intended.
Numerous books are available which can be consulted for help when creating your cover letter and curriculum vitae/résumé. Note the publication year when choosing a job application advisor to ensure that you have the latest instructions.