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Application advice

Tips for a successful application

  1. The covering letter is an initial sample of your work. It should be written with care and relate specifically to the advertised position.
  2. First impressions count, so make sure the layout is right:
    full company address, your own contact information, subject line referring to the advertised position, correct salutation, a structured text body, complimentary close.
  3. Spelling and grammar must be right, so get a friend to check the application letter for mistakes.
  4. Make sure you have answered the four Ws:
    What position are you applying for?
    What appeals to you about the position advertised?
    What makes you right for the job?
    What, apart from your knowledge, makes you stand out?
    Note: Keep it short and simple.
  5. Change your perspective and always think about the addressee when you are writing the letter. The central question is: “What is it about you that will make the other person sit up and take notice?”

Tips for an informative curriculum vitae

  1. List all important steps of your professional development so far, starting with the latest step – i.e., you start with your current position.
  2. Explain what your function and tasks were, which projects and topics you have worked on.
  3. Make sure that your CV comprises all steps and that the information given in your CV is consistent with your reference letters.
  4. Remember to also include information on extracurricular activity, knowledge of languages, IT knowledge etc.
  5. Again, change your perspective and ask yourself: „What does the addressee need to know about me?”

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