A not to be underestimated factor in a successful application is the accompanying letter – your first contact with what may be your future employer.
HERE ARE FIVE GOLDEN RULES FOR OVERCOMING THE FIRST HURDLE TO FINDING A NEW JOB
1. APPLICATION IN ELECTRONIC FORM
An application often passes through many hands, is distributed, archived…Although hard copies used to be the norm, they make these processes more difficult. Your documents may not then be passed round all the decision makers.
2. AVOID CREATIVITY
Write your résumé and covering letter clearly and concisely. Avoid using borders or similar unnecessary artwork – the human resources department wants to find out as much as possible about you as quickly as possible. It is much better to show how creative you are at an interview.
3. STRUCTURED AND COMPLETE APPLICATION
The "ideal" application consists of your letter, résumé, photo, most recent education and employment certificates and references to be contacted. Files must be clearly named (ResumeeXY.doc, PhotoXY.jpeg, ReferenceCompanyXY.pdf, etc). Do not insert the photo in your résumé – use a separate file.
4. WRITTEN FORM
The mail that you send with your application is the first impression the prospective employer will have of you. Use a letter style and give contact details. Do not use abbreviations, emoticons, etc.
5. BE PROACTIVE
Send speculative applications. Suggest dates for the first interview in your covering letter. Call the employer 3-5 days after sending your application and ask if they have all the documents they require. Show initiative and commitment.
It is YOU who wants the job.
We wish you every success with your application
Human Resources, HIRSCH Servo AG