10 pieces of advice for your job application
A good job application gives a summarizing picture of your career, and explains, in a short and precise language, why you are motivated to apply for the job.
At Curia, we have many years of experience in advising candidates on how to write a good and motivated application. Basically, the important thing is to show what you are capable of – show it, don’t tell it.
Based on our experience, we have compiled this list, showing our 10 best pieces of advice for writing a good application:
- Connecting thread: There should be a clear connecting thread from the job posting through your application and your CV. Spend some time reading the job posting and focus on your experience and your skills in regards to the content of the job.
- Summarize your CV: The application should give a summarizing picture of your CV. If you have worked with sales in two different companies – three years in one of them and five years in the other – you should write in your application that you have eight years of experience with sales.
- Motivation letter: Your application should contain a paragraph where you clearly describe your motivation for the job and the company respectively.
- Your background: You should write about your background. This includes presenting your age, education and the connecting thread in your career.
- Your offer: You should present your offer for the company by explaining how the five most important requirements in the job advertisement makes you the right match for the position.
- Personality: You should tell about your personality; how you view yourself as a person and how this qualifies you for the job.
- Period of notice: In the conclusion, you can inform of your period of notice or write if you are currently under notice of dismissal.
- Short and precise: Your application should be written in a short and precise language. It is our recommendation that your application should be no longer than one A4-paper.
- An inviting layout: You should pick a layout and a font that is consistent through your application and your CV.
- Application in PDF-format: You should send your application as well as your CV in a PDF-format in order to ensure that the layout does not change when your application is opened on another computer.