Paperless Application: Social Media and Apps as an Alternative?

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A world without internet - today unthinkable. It makes our lives easier, more colorful, faster. For many areas, this means an enormous process of change, because old methods have become obsolete, sometimes very suddenly. Also in the application world.


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Lene Setzer IMG_5194 Lene Setzer is Team Leader and Career Consultant at CV Coach.


The tendency to paperless Casting

Tidy and painstakingly processed application folders will be discontinued. According to a Bitkom survey, only one out of every four HR employees prefers a paper-based application by mail, and just under 60 percent prefer digital documents, either as a PDF file or even in standardized online application forms.

Ascending trend. Other surveys are seeing these differences even more dramatically. The statistics portal statista speaks of a ratio of 90 to 10 percent for a digital application. No matter in what clarity: the future belongs to the digital application. That's for sure. And workers need to be prepared.

What does this mean for me and my application?

Digitalisation is increasingly shifting the focus of the documents to the content. An elaborate presentation, printed on beautiful paper, arranged in a folder - for the first impression of a candidate accounts for these aspects. Of course, a clear design and optimally structured documents are still important, but a unique feature is the external shape but not more.

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All the more is true: the digital application must be particularly bribe by its content. A well-crafted candidate profile with a clearly identifiable activity portfolio - of which staff are convinced. Incidentally, the same standards of care and order should apply to the digital application as in paper form. Unknown abbreviations and spelling errors are even more noticeable on the screen!

New form - new ways

But the question of the correct form of application documents is, in itself, only one aspect of digitization. The ways of finding people and job seekers have also changed drastically - even a change of direction has taken place: According to a statista survey last year, only every second company switched their job advertisements into newspapers or trade journals. Fast 90 percent, on the other hand, took advantage of the Internet to fill vacancies.

Social media services such as XING, LinkedIn and Experteer also play a not insignificant role in this change process. Almost half of the companies surveyed said they were looking for applicants and offered vacancies. A personal, well-groomed presence in these social media networks / platforms will considerably boost job search for the future - and will transfer the industry's need for digitization to each individual applicant.

Apps for career orientation and application

In addition to social media, apps are also playing an increasingly important role: they are not only helping to choose a career, they are also taking a step ahead: Apps can be used to playfully discover career areas - and your own knowledge can also be tested right away.

For example, for students or students who are faced with the challenge of finding the right profession for themselves after graduation:

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  • students: The end of the study period is usually faster than expected and then it will be serious for graduates.
  • high school graduates:  On the other hand, high school graduates must decide between study and training
  • Real and main students: For primary and secondary school students, above all, the question: Training for or for what?

Occupations TV: Training or what only?

A visit to the vocational information center is usually offered directly by the schools, but many professional images can also be explored with the smartphone or tablet, thus offering a serious subject a playful environment that motivates pupils. Completely different to the computer - many of the offers are also available in the net - mobile devices have the charm of leisure, volunteering and fun.

If you do not know in which direction you would like to work, you will find short films and information on a variety of training courses in the Berufe.TV app of the Federal Employment Agency. The films are well done, the lyrics short and understandable. Tips for the application complete the offer. However, users should watch the films of the app only in the wireless, otherwise the data volume of the mobile network is quickly maxed out.

App into the craft

For those who want to work, the Westdeutsche Handwerkskammertag offers the craft license. Aptitude tests for subject areas offer those interested the opportunity to study the subject matter and assess their own abilities.

Great advantage of the tradesman's license: If the result of a test is negative, it is recommended to do an internship and not to discourage the profession at once. Thus the motivation in the search for the Traumberuf is held high.


Visually not very appealing, but in terms of content but highly recommended is Azubister. The app includes a magazine with articles on exciting education, tips for finding housing or information on volunteer service.

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A list of training occupations shows career opportunities and everything important to the job description. From the description, jobs can be searched in the vicinity or throughout Germany. Overall, there is a whole lot to discover. The combination of training occupations among each other is particularly successful. Although the area is appealing but not the occupation itself, the app shows other occupations, for example in the medical field.

Attitude test by app

Once you have found your dream job and are invited to an interview, there is a test waiting for many candidates to test the general knowledge.

The app AzubiTest from is a good preparation for it. 18 different tests train the mathematical understanding and the comprehension. The trick: Like in the serious test, the user will only have 20 minutes of time.

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  1. Dorian Boeding

    I would simply advise everyone: go self-employed, do your own thing. I gave up my independence twice and could bite my a ... for it.

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