6 creative application tips with guaranteed success with the HR manager: How to stand out!

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Various job portals are scoured and the dream job is finally found. Now it's time to get down to business: The Casting must be designed, it must attract attention and remain positive in the memory. But how do you do that without being overworked?

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Why should you apply creatively!

Imagine you are a person and see some similar applications. Their time is already tight, other pending tasks are piled up on the desk, and the lines blur in your eyes as they are suddenly surprised by a surge of paperwork:

Finally an individual Casting, Unfortunately, in the real world of work it is not quite as simple as it is presented, but creativity is half the battle to stand out from the crowd.

6 Tips for applications that are guaranteed to stand out

We will show you helpful tips and tricks on how your application looks positively and takes you one step further!

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1. The first impression counts: the design

The typical application, whether still conservative on paper or as nowadays commonly online as a handy PDF file, is designed without much frills in portrait format on a white background. How about an application in landscape format or an attractive, colorful design and fonts, maybe even in the corporate design of the company?

This does not necessarily mean that rainbow colors and an absolutely overloaded design pave the way to the dream job. It is precisely this which does not convey what they want to convey: authenticity. The design is intended to underscore the content meaningfully and not overwhelm. The content has to convince itself in itself, because even a complex design can not cover missing knowledge. However, as a basic rule, the more creatively the industry, the more creative the application must look.

2. Timeline as a resume

The use of a timeline instead of the usual tabular CV also provides a way to attract attention and stands out especially in case of unsolicited applications. Such a timeline in the transverse format offers enough space to display individual activities and, above all, provides clarity at the same time.

Therefore use attractive and well-coordinated colors as well as fonts, because the advantage of clarity can be lost quickly with too much Drumherum and overly much indicated living stations.

3. Imagine the industry

While more conservative job applications are desired in the conservative professions, such as the finance industry, in other industries you can be a little bolder and introduce yourself to the industry.

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Thus, the travel agent can score points with a world map so far, while the businesswoman for marketing communication can present itself in a creative video. Web designers could create their own application webpage and thus prove their skills.

4. The right photo

Although many companies are now deliberately avoiding photos, a picture - if done correctly - makes a positive first impression. You will often find photos on company websites that you can use to orientate yourself when designing. True to the motto “dress for the job you want”, contrary to popular belief, a suit and tie do not always have to be. When applying for a job as a craftsman, this quickly seems excessive.

Conversely, a polo shirt in the bank has no business. Give the impression that you have dealt with the job and the company. It is important in any case that the photo meets the standards and is made by a professional photographer.

5. Use job measurement correctly

In job fairs and similar career events, there are numerous opportunities to present companies. Instead of carrying various application folders in the bag, 20 recommends a creative form of the short application: the application flyer. The flyer is a kind of mini-application, in which all relevant basic data on your CV, short profile and cover lettering are briefly edited.

It is worthwhile to invest a small investment in design and printing, otherwise the flyer quickly becomes cheap and ends up in the garbage. However, he does not replace a complete application, which must subsequently be submitted. The flyer serves as a teaser, in order to keep the person in the memory in the memory. A further QR code or USB stick is also conceivable.

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6. PS: art grip Postskriptum

The Postscript, or PS for short, was once used to add forgotten thoughts later. In the modern day of computer and eMail This is no longer necessary, any text can eventually be edited arbitrarily. But the PS has a very clear advantage: it is almost always read first.

So add something truly original and interesting to get the HR curious about more. You can also draw attention here to links to work samples or the like. In any case, this little stylistic device will stand out and make your application stand out from the crowd.


Regardless of which of these tips you follow: the usual rules for applications such as correct spelling and grammar - always stick to yourself!

Personnel appreciate honesty and authenticity and want to get to know the people behind an application, so do not stage and no less than you really are.

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