Write application letters from a personal point of view: 10 tips for more empathy when applying



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Job application letters are always in the discussion: Too long, too inefficient, simply superfluous find many HR experts. Company like Deutsche Bahn have long done away with it. And many applicants would like to bestow the warm effusions.

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What are the personnel of applicants really wanting

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"Dear Ladies and Gentlemen…. blabla ... to work in your publishing house "That was one Castingthat I had recently on the screen - and in the same time I noticed several errors that only resulted from one: The applicant had simply given too little effort!

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Bad applications usually go straight to the wastebasket. Again, this one: the impersonal salutation that suggested the same eMail to umpteen editorial offices had passed. On the other hand, the applicant did not seem to have bothered to tell them what I'm doing and how he can get involved. So away with it!

"Sorry, that was not for you"

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Like me in this case, it happens to many HR and potential employers: And it's amazing that the same simple mistakes are made over and over again in spite of countless application counselors. Recently a colleague told me that he had an application per eMail which apparently was addressed to another editorial staff - and an hour later one eMail: "Oh, sorry, that was not meant for you ..."

It is actually always the same thing, what HR want: Find someone who fits the job profile as well as possible and not anyone. And someone who is really serious about his application, who really wants to work for the company and who is reliable.

Empathy for the HR specialist

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People like to complain about people who only have to make settings in a standardized way and are already working through the flood of applicants in a robot-like manner - not for nothing is the subject of robot recruiting one of the most talked about in recent years.

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But applicants also do not seem to have much of an ability to think and feel in other people. Otherwise, not many HR, employers, corporations or bosses would complain about the same problem as I have again and again: they are filled in with absolutely unsuitable applications.

Complete the role reversal

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So what helps: Complete the role reversal. This is the best way to find out how to respond to your application. Imagine yourself in a similar situation:

  • How would you feel?
  • Would not you be annoyed too?
  • Imagine if you were the personnel manager of the company you are currently applying for: What would you think about when applying?
  • What should you think?

10 tips for the application from a personal point of view

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However, as it is probably not enough just to get used to the opposite, we have listed 10 tips here once again, which will make it easier for the HR specialist to sift through your application.

  1. Take a look: What do you apply for? Referring to the subject of your application, refer to the title of the vacant position and the company. Use the original name used in the job description (eg "Process Engineering / Chemical Engineer (m / w) at XY Co. KG."). But even the salutation has some pitfalls: more general or address someone directly? Study the job description carefully and see if you can not find the name of a specific contact person. If not, a call and a consultation with the company is worthwhile: "To whom can I address my application ...?" This shows commitment and interest.
  2. Avoid unconcrete: Take enough time to write your application text. The reader should realize that you have really dealt with the job. Qualities such as teamwork, flexibility and a sense of responsibility are important, but most often do not distinguish you from other applicants. Take a close look at the tender and consider how you can reconcile your particular strengths with the requirement profile of the job. For example, if the job requires an "independent and diligent way of working," you could prove your experience in independently managing projects that demand a high degree of self-organization, conscientiousness, and sense of duty.
  3. Use your cover letter also for form applications: Form applications are in full swing. The main reason is that they are extremely convenient because of the associated time savings - especially for businesses. But for applicants it often says: Only an application with cover letter is a complete application! Because forms usually do not relieve the applicant from attaching a complete cover letter. This can usually be integrated under the heading "Upload additional documents" (or similar). A reference to the required documents can be found under the information on the application process.
  4. Stay consistent: Even if the curriculum vitae and the cover letter are separated files, they still create your digital application portfolio. Therefore, you should pay attention to a uniform layout - not only the font, but also the font size, the line spacing as well as the foot and / or header are to be found in cover letter and CV.
  5. Summarize: Certainly you have a lot to tell, especially when it comes to explaining gaps in your CV or changing your business, and to put them in the right light. But in general, a cover letter should not be more than one page. Therefore, focus on your essential professional qualifications that are relevant to the job and specifically formulate your motivation. If you can convince here, there is still enough space to explain everything else in the personal conversation.
  6. Do not hide your personality: Be individual and avoid standard phrases like "... I am applying for the position ..." or "... I could immediately identify with the profile of the advertised job". Be yourself - dare to give your application a personal touch, whether through a little humor, a special style of writing or a creative start. Show with a little tact, why you are the optimal candidate for the company.
  7. Avoid clerical errors: Please handle your application conscientiously. After all, there is nothing more annoying than grammar or spelling mistakes caused by pure negligence. In the worst case, even if the other qualifications meet the requirements of the position, this even threatens to be selected from the application process. To avoid these mistakes, ask friends or acquaintances to read with an alert eye over your text. Alternatively, it helps to cover the cover letter a few hours and then have a look again.
  8. Do not make it hard for the reader: Just as with a well-written story is true: put sense sections. This will help the reader to understand your application text more easily. Remember: For each application, a human resource manager usually spends no more than two minutes (our experience). So write an exciting short story and not a novel. You should also refrain from long box sets. This significantly contributes to a positive overall impression of your person and increases your chances of being short-listed.
  9. Avoid inattention: You should not lose a bad word about your old or current employer, not just in the application interview, but already in the application form. This could be a sign of lack of loyalty on your part and will not be seen at a potential new employee. Nobody would like to imagine how bad his opponent could talk about him in the future.
  10. Ask for the application for: To find out what it was exactly, you can ask in case of refusal just once: What was it? What impression has my application made on you? Because only experience brings on.

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  1. Jacob

    People, do not listen to what personal people say, do your own thing.

  2. Hipolito Pyfrom

    Great article in your blog, I'll remember.

  3. Gerhard

    What is the most effective way to get a job? That was and always will be: networking. Because think about what you do, for example, if you are looking for a good doctor or hairdresser. Right: You ask someone you already know for recommendations. And usually after personal recommendations, because they trust this rather than reviews on the Internet. And so does everyone, including your potential employer.

  4. Holger Prieske

    Skills shortage Application flood? Are we living in the same decade?

    And Stellanforderung to a cleaning lady is recently: "must be able to put into the wishes of a personnel manager"?

    The easier the job, the sooner you can apply for "Hello, here I am, I have time and interest".

    Whether a personaler, rather a "socially compatible" takes, which fits so well in the qualification, or one in which the qualification fits exactly, but otherwise socially disturbed, you can not anticipate as an applicant. Personnel are also people, have daily moods and are subjective.

    Especially the German mentality says "self-praise stinks". It is difficult to say "I am diligent and conscientious". The clause is like something indirect.

    It is no wonder, if these requirements, rather the showman have success.

    • Simone Janson

      Hello Mr. Prieske,
      to the myth shortage of skilled workers you will find here comprehensive material in the blog.

  5. Piet

    It's a bit amusing to initiate a post with tips about writing from the point of view of a reader, here the staff member, first of all with a double ego posing.

    • Simone Janson

      Thanks for the contribution. Where do you see a double ego posing?

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