Your quest for your first job starts, of course, with a clear CV and a good cover letter. How do you ensure that you get the chance to present yourself personally?
Here are a few tips from us:
- Tailor your CV to the job you are applying for.
- Use the language of the job advertisement and adjust your writing style accordingly. Use the active voice and write short, dynamic text. For example: ‘I worked as…’, not ‘I was employed as…’. Avoid abbreviations.
- Make sure your CV is well structured. Use sub-headings and sufficient white space.
- It is up to you to determine the focus.
- The most important issues should come first.
No experience yet? No problem! Use your elective courses, papers, specialisations, certificates, hobbies/interests, student jobs and internships to show your future employer the many qualities and skills you have to offer.
Give a true reflection of who you are, what you can do and what you want.
Distinguish yourself on the basis of your soft skills/personality, but don’t forget to stress your knowledge and experience. Put all your assets in the limelight!
Make sure your cover letter matches the job vacancy. Use the information specified in the advertisement in your cover letter.
Don’t make a ‘standard’ cover letter.
- Always ask for a second opinion on your CV and cover letter. Have someone else review your CV. This way you can avoid uncertainties and spelling mistakes.
- Be honest, but not too modest!
- References always make a good impression. As a candidate, you show that you have nothing to hide. No work experience? Give the details of a teacher, supervisor, Bachelor and/or Master dissertation supervisor as a reference. Just make sure your referees are aware that you’ve mentioned them in your CV and that they are happy to provide a reference.