Before you start: Preparation is half the battle

Preparation is half the battle

Your application is your ticket to a job, which is why you should make a special effort to prepare. After all, a good application shows that you are the best candidate for the job. Here are a few tips that you should bear in mind:

Read in your application why you have them. Use concrete examples to back up your skills.

  • Correct addressing: Make sure that you address your application to the right person. You can usually find this information in the job advert or on the company website, so use it to address your application to the right person. This shows that you have familiarised yourself with the job description and makes a good impression.
  • Complete application documents: All required documents should be enclosed. This usually includes a cover letter, CV and the last two half-year reports or your school-leaving certificate.
  • Use your own wording: Avoid copying standard phrases from the internet. Use the templates as a guide, but formulate your texts individually.
  • Professional application photo: A good application photo can be important. It should look professional, even if it was not taken by a professional photographer. Avoid selfies or „snapshots“ that you find on your mobile phone. It’s okay to skip the photo altogether if you don’t have time to have an attractive application photo taken. Nevertheless, a good photo can definitely enhance your application.
  • Create a complete CV: Make sure that your CV is complete and has no gaps. However, if there are gaps, be honest and explain them clearly.
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  • List internships and part-time jobs: Even if they are short or supposedly insignificant jobs, they can demonstrate important experience and soft skills.
  • Check spelling and grammar: Have other people proofread your application to avoid mistakes.
  • Form and scope of the application: The application should not be too long. An informative cover letter and a CV are usually sufficient. Ensure a standardised layout and formatting.
  • Observe application deadlines: Find out about the application deadlines in good time and adhere to them.
  • Use tips from the company website: Many companies offer specific application tips on their website, which can be helpful.
  • Include school information: As a student, you should include your major subjects and the degree you are aiming for.

Take a close look at the job advert: Before writing your application, take a very close look at the job posting and note what requirements are listed. This will give your cover letter an approximate direction and you will already know which skills and/or activities you can emphasise.

An example: If your employer of choice lists in your job description: „You enjoy understanding technical contexts“, then you could pick up on this for your application in the next step.