The letter is next to a convincing CV at the heart of a successful Application and possibly the ticket for the dream job. There is not one, right cover letter. However, the following 8 tips should always be followed.
8 Tips for the perfect job application
Some may be flavors, others are different depending on the industry. Nevertheless, there are a few basic rules which apply to all applications and which should be observed. The most important tricks and tricks for a convincing cover letter:
1. The Basics
A good cover letter is short, concise and precise. In addition, it is well structured so that the reader can easily follow. The supreme discipline is to show personality within a given framework and thus to stay in the memory of the HR manager. Convincing, the text is less by indiscriminate details, but by specifically built-in details that are a common thread through the Application pull. These details may have to do with the personal motivation or special skills, but there are no specific requirements.
Important: Class instead of mass. To be successful with a cover letter, you should re-create it for each individual application. Anyone who holds details about the company, the job site, or the field of activity in the text shows that he has dealt with his or her wish employer and his future role. With Copy & Paste you will not get an individual, successful application.
Spelling and grammar should be applied correctly. No matter how convincing the CV is, negligence mistakes in the form disqualify even the greatest talent. The reason is as simple as understandable. Personnel transfer formal negligence to the applicant: Who sends sluddy applications does not work carefully.
2. Format, templates and patterns
The cover letter should not be more than a DIN A4 page and should be in PDF format, including the signature and list of attachments. A template can be used for the structure and the layout. Good templates can be found on the net at Staufenbiel.
Formal standards for the cover letter: Font size 12 in a legible font like Arial or Calibri, 1,5-fold line spacing, 2,5cm wide margin on the left. All attachments should be in PDF format and should be clearly named, for example: Application_Position_Vorname_Nachname.pdf.
In principle, it is always possible to give a personal touch to the layout of the application. However, especially creative and unusual applications are not desirable in any industry. Whoever is oriented towards the style of the application and the company's letter, is safe. In the creative industries is noticeable duty, coherent and error-free should the application nevertheless be.
3. The structure: subject line and letterhead
Your own contact information is in the header. Always include the first and last name, e-mail address and telephone number. The company's contact data is then entered in the address field.
Before the actual cover letter starts, the right place is the date. The subject is always greased, but the word "subject" does not appear.
4. The introduction in the application letter
In the introduction, the applicant reveals how he became aware of the position or the company. In addition to a job vacancy, this can be a recommendation or a previous internship. If you already had contact with the company by telephone, the introduction is the right place to start.
5. The main part: motivation and abilities
The applicant's personal motivation and qualifications should play a central role. No one wants to read a re-enumeration of the CV. Abilities and skills that fit the job profile should be worked out - only in this way does the reader gain an impression as to whether the candidate could be the right candidate for a vacancy. A mere listing of one's own qualities is not the means of choice. Instead, the skills should be filled with experience or hard facts. Experience with agile software development? Then the corresponding project should be mentioned. Details that relate to individual stations in the curriculum provide a more meaningful picture of the candidate's skills and increase the credibility. Also references from former superiors can be used for this purpose.
It is important that personnel can clearly read the personal motivation for the application in the company from the application letter. Why is the concrete position a development for the candidate? If you want to re-orient yourself, what is the goal? Only those who demonstrate their own interest in the role and the company are eligible as candidates for a vacancy.
6. Content presentation and availability
If salary expectations are explicitly requested, these should be placed in the key of the cover letter. Often forgotten but very important: information on availability. What is the earliest date for the first day of the new job? Without these mandatory details, the personnel department does not know what time frame they need to calculate in case of doubt.
7. Digital signature
Even if the application is sent digitally, the cover letter should be signed. A digital signature can be created with various tools (including freeware). You can also use paper and pen: on a white sheet, photograph and high-resolution (300dpi) into the document, then save as PDF. Caution: The e-mail including the application documents should not be larger than 5 MB.
8. Application via online portal
In the case of an application via an application portal, rules are often set up in a separate manner. Depending on the portal, explicit guidelines are made as to the form in which the applicant information is to be submitted. A digital signature is often omitted here. If a cover letter is required, the same rules and principles apply as with the application by e-mail.
Whether an application is successful depends, of course, primarily on qualifications and personal suitability. However, if you take the above-mentioned tips to heart, it certainly increases the likelihood of being among many applications and being invited to the meeting. I wish you success!
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