Apply - but right? In fact, when applying for a job, things are often done wrong that should be clear to everyone. Therefore we give with our little Candidate-Lexicon an overview of the most important application basics.


Apply correctly from A-Z - that's what matters

Your application is the first that your potential new employer sees you. It is all the more astonishing how many mistakes are still made in applications, especially with the basics that everyone has actually heard 100 times.

Even if we think we know everything about the application process, because we are literally bombarded with tips and information: Many applicants are still rejected because of completely unnecessary mistakes. That's what matters.

A as final grade

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The final grade of school or study is mainly for the career entry important. If you did particularly well in your studies or at school, be sure to write your final grade in yours Curriculum vitae.

B like picture

By law you are not obligated to take pictures apply, but you can improve your chances with a suitable picture. Under no circumstances should you take a picture from the machine.

Go to a professional photographer for a successful picture. Dress appropriately for the photo session so that your outfit matches yours Job fits. Kindergarten teachers dress differently than bank employees.

C how chronological is out

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Arrange the points on your resume useful. Form topic blocks like “Vocational Training” and “Work Experience”. The chronological structure should be anti-chronological, ie start with the most recent.

D as illustration

Be as natural as possible during the interview. You should be neither too humble nor too arrogant. It is also important to pay attention to the position for which you are applying. If you are applying for a managerial position, feel free to apply something.

If, on the other hand, you were looking for a teamplayer in the job description, you will emphasize in the interview that you have achieved your success with your team.

E like invitation

For an invitation to the interview, you should definitely thank. With it you can earn points.

F as formulations

Read the requirement profile carefully and use it as a guide when formulating your cover letter. Preferably forms You as if you would fit the position purely by chance.

Example - The display shows:

You write:

I would like to introduce myself briefly: I have a commercial education and have been working for 3 years Company XY in the sales department.

I oversee customers, take phone calls and schedule appointments. I also deal with correspondence and conduct consultations.

G as salaries

Salary expectations should only be stated if they are expressly requested in the job advertisement. Find out what's in your Industry is common. It is also advisable to specify a range from ... to.

H like hobbies

It is better if you call your hobbies "personal interests". Only state your hobbies if you fit the job. Applying to an editorial office can be relevant if you have a blog.

Sport is usually good, as long as it is not too extreme. Sports such as skiing, soccer or climbing have a high risk of injury and this has a detrimental effect on potential employers. Go jogging or swimming, even if that is not quite true.

I as an initiative

The unsolicited application offers many opportunities, but also pitfalls. The klare The advantage of unsolicited applications lies in the lack of competition. Hundreds of competitors usually apply to a job advertisement, while there is hardly any competition in the case of an unsolicited application.

Unfortunately, it is not easy to research which positions in a company will soon be filled. Unsolicited applications are therefore often vague and inaccurate. But here is the crux of the matter: Unsolicited applications must not be too general. Find out in advance about the company structure. In the application you should at least state the department in which you would like to work.

J like Jobbörsen

There are many job exchanges. With the large number of offers, it is important to first be clear about what you are looking for and to select the right job exchange accordingly. In most job exchanges you can not only look for jobs, but also post job advertisements, a profile draw up, upload documents or create search requests.

K as competencies

Name im Write to your personal Competencies. But don't make lists: I am team player, orderly, friendly and reliable. Nobody believes you. It is important to demonstrate competencies. Instead of "I'm a team player", write: "I'm currently working in a Team of seven people. "

L like gaps in the CV

Do not leave any gaps in your CV. Everything is better than a gap. If you have looked after your young children, write it quietly in your CV and name it family management. Even languageCourses or other training courses can fill gaps.

If you haven't worked for a long time, you should be prepared to be asked about it in the interview. In creative industries there is also the opportunity to attract attention with a particularly creative résumé.

M like portfolio

A written application belongs in a suitable portfolio. But be careful, read the job advertisement carefully! The advertisement usually describes how to apply. Authorities usually want a classic portfolio, while the free one Economy an application by eMail prefers.

You can find it every now and then Jobswho expressly do not want a portfolio, but only stapled sheets or expressly Online-Applications. Whatever the wishes of the employer, you should stick to them.

O how outfit or what do I prefer to talk about?

Here, as with the photo term, you attract what is common in the industry. As an educator, you do not wear a business costume. As a banker, you do not appear in jeans.

P like internships

If you have done internships during your studies, write this as your starting point in your CV. If, however, you are already an 20 professional, you should omit internships. The CV should not be too long or too confusing.

Q as qualifications

If you have completed any additional qualifications or further training, then write this down in your CV as well. Should your qualification be relevant to the position, then enclose a copy of the proof or scan it for eMailApplications.

R like role play

job interviews at offices and authorities can sometimes take on bizarre forms. Everything is possible here, from rows of numbers to antiquated flipchart presentations to role-playing games. Much of this has little to do with the reality at work and is only used to check how you behave in stressful situations. So don't give up and play along!

Practice free writing on the flipchart, because that's not that easy because in everyday life we ​​are only used to pushing buttons. Most presentation tasks boil down to her having to present herself. The role-playing games, on the other hand, always have to do with the institution. For example, you need to get your work done Network meet, introduce or deal with conflict situations with customers.

S as a position indicator

You should thoroughly disassemble the job ad. Basically, the job ad contains all the items that are part of your cover letter.

If the requirement profile says “Safe use of the standard Microsoft Office applications (Windows, Word, Excel, Outlook)”, then write in your cover letter: “For my current job, I work with the Microsoft Office applications every day. The correct wording is important here.

U as signature

Don't forget to sign the cover letter. The CV should also be signed with the place and date.

V like talking talk

You can prepare well for standard questions. Ask like “What are yours Power and what are your weaknesses” appear in almost every job interview.

W like continuing education

Training is always well received and is supported by the employment agency and the job center in the event of unemployment. You can also fill gaps in your CV with advanced training. If you are surprisingly unemployed, an online course is also recommended.

Z like certificates

Your job references and your diploma (e.g. from the University) are definitely part of a successful application.

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