Job search: the best application advice
Looking for a new job? Don’t just start applying. Good preparation makes a better impression. The path from an engagingly worded covering letter through to a clearly structured CV is easier than you might think. We are passing on our experience from numerous interviews, and we will tell you what is important for the different stages.
Step 1: Critical analysis
Where am I now and where do I want to be? You will need to be clear on the answer to this question for your new professional direction. Analyse your goals and expectations as well as your strengths and weaknesses. Then you can always match the job advertisement to your profile. Typical questions that you should ask yourself are:
Which positions are going to be considered; match your interests to your skills. Look at job advertisements and assess your chances. Do you need additional training or other qualifications?
Which companies will be considered; work-life balance or international experience? Where do your priorities lie and which company corresponds to these?
Step 2: put together application documents
A good application is your ticket into your new job! So take your time to organise all the documents relevant to your application in an attractive way. An important part is play by your
- Professional experience,
- Employment history and
- Future ambitions.
Initially you will need a cover letter in which you briefly explain why you would like to work for this company. In addition you should ensure you attach an informative, structured CV to your application.
Quality not quantity - additional documents for your application
With regard to attachments and certificates, you should concentrate on quality, not quantity. Ask yourself which documents will emphasise your skills in relation to the requirements listed in the job description. These might be:
- School leaving certificates (e.g. high school certificate, GCE A-levels, diploma)
- Certificates of completion of your training
- Certificates of further and supplementary training
- Confirmations of your employment with organisations
- Employer reports or recommendations from past professional activity
- Other work certificates or confirmations
Step 3: Now apply
Have you set your sights on a suitable job? Now things are getting serious. Have another look at your documents and tailor them in relation to this role. Finally send your application by email to the specified contact person in the company. Only choose the postal route if this is explicitly requested in the job advertisement. At epunkt, you can load your documents directly onto our career portal.
The primary goal of your documents is to be invited to an interview.
Ideally you will also have your application with you at a first interview. If you are put forward by epunkt, you will not need to bring your documents to the interview with our client. We will, with your express permission, provide the company with your documents together with our evaluation.
You would be well advised to put together your documents straightaway. Then you can apply quickly when you want to. Good luck!