Advice for your job search

When writing a CV it is very important that you write your personal information (name, date of birth and address) and your contact information(phone number and mail address). Besides this a CV should contain an outline over the various educational places you have attended with the name of the place, the name of the education, and the timespan you were there in a chronological order starting with the latest. A list of workplaces is also very important. Again, you have to remember name of the workplace, position, and timespan of your position in chronological order starting with the latest. It is a good idea to state the tasks you performed in the specific position. Another good idea is to specify why you stopped working there. Furthermore, it is useful if you state your IT proficiency, which languages you master and on which level you know them. You might also want to state extra courses you have had and if you have a driver’s license, if this is relevant for the job. A professional picture is a good idea, but not obligatory. Last, but not least, it is a good idea to have a paragraph about yourself, your personal relations and spare time activities.
The purpose of a cover letter is to state short and concise why you are the person we should hire. A cover letter is usually one A4 page at the most, preferably shorter, and it is always important to remember personal and contact information. Cover letters can be divided into two groups: solicited and unsolicited. The cover letter is very important, because it shows us how motivated you are for a job.

Solicited:

A solicited cover letter means that you are applying for a specific job, which is advertised by a firm. The advantage here is that you know exactly what the company’s expectations are, and you know if you live up to these. On the other hand, many people will be applying for this job, so you have to stand out of the crowd. It is important that you explain short and concise why and how you live up to the demands the firm has set up, and why they should choose you.

Unsolicited:

When writing an unsolicited cover letter, you do not have a specific job advertisement to respond to, which means you have to find out how the specific company works and respond to that. Most of the time you have an idea about what you are good at and what kind of job you would like, so you have to sell that! Again, you have to emphasize your good qualities, with the purpose of making them realize that they need you in their firm, even though they thought they had all the employees they needed.

In general, it is very important that you specify your motivation for applying for the job, after which you describe the competencies you possess, that are relevant for the job. It is not enough to say that you have the competencies, you should specify how you have attained this competence and it is a good idea to use concrete examples of where and how you have used this competence. Always remember, that if you have any questions regarding a job advertisement most companies do not mind that you call them and ask.