The most important thing to highlight in the job application is your motivation and to justify what additional benefit your skills would bring to the employer. So consider the answer to this question, how does a company benefit from hiring you?
Check out the career tips from the Union’s Career Specialists, which help you write a job application that works! The tips tell you how to market your skills in the job application.
When replying to a job advertisement, please read the ad carefully and with time to respond to the required skills of the position. This makes you appear professional and interesting to the employer. Get straight to the point and let your motivation show. Highlight your motivation and explain why you are interested in working for the company. It is important to present your professional skills, strengths, and responsibilities and how they are linked to the open job.
Try to meet the needs of the employer. Explain why you are the best choice for the vacancy by highlighting those things in your work history or training that you consider to be the most relevant for the position. Show your skills in a logical order and remember that the application is not the same as a CV. Instead, you should highlight the skills and qualifications that are most relevant to the position you are applying for. If you are only at the beginning of your career or changing your career, focus on presenting your recent training skills, motivation, and willingness to develop. It is also worth considering how previous work experience in another field could help you succeed in the job you are applying for, and how this appears in your written application.
Your personality can be visible in the application. Try to highlight those characteristics that have been mentioned in the job advertisement. If you’re missing any characteristics, what else do you bring to the table to replace them? The application letter is intended to paint an overall picture of your expertise, so take advantage of this opportunity. The employer usually only knows the things about you that you write on your job application documents. It is good to describe and explain your characteristics and skills as clearly as possible to prevent possible misunderstandings.
Please include your salary request if asked for in the ad. Help to make the right salary request can be obtained from the salary counter. Also, you can contact the Union’s Customer Service, where our experts will help you define the right salary. Training, work history, and years of experience affect the determination of the salary request, not forgetting the size and industry of the company.
At the end of the application mention your desire to talk more about the position and mention when you are available to start the work. It is also good to mention any attachments, such as a CV. In the case of attachments, you should follow the employer’s wishes, ie only send other attachments if they are requested.
In online applications, due diligence is rewarded. The more information you fill into the text fields, the better you stand out from the other applicants. Don’t leave anything empty, perseverance will be rewarded. In the case of an online application, pay particular attention to the words that are used to talk about skills and requirements in the job advertisement, and try to use the same words to describe yourself. This will increase your chances of standing out if applications are sorted using keyword searches. You should also save screenshots or copies of the texts you have written so that you can return to the text before an interview.
When writing an open application, you cannot rely on the information presented in a job advertisement. You must first start by thinking about your expertise and what kind of tasks you would like to do and write an application based on that. You mustn’t make the application too general or fail to define the type of tasks you are applying for, otherwise, the application is unlikely to lead to further discussions.
An open application must also always be tailored to the company you are applying to. Try to give examples of how your expertise fits the needs of the employer and what added value your work will give the company. This requires that you get to know each company you contact well, visit the company’s website, and call the company whenever possible. Usually, the trouble is rewarded. With carefully made application papers, you will stand out and make recruitment an easy decision for the employer.