The perfect application letter - part 1

The basic things are clear: no spelling mistakes, not longer than one page, and clearly explain why you are the best suited person for the job. But how can you make sure that your letter stands out? Our consultants will give you some tips which you can use to write the perfect application letter!

1. Adjust your writing style 

Take a close look on the culture of the organisation and adjust your style of writing accordingly. A writing style that reflects a creative function is very different than when you would apply for a function as a lawyer, so pay attention to your linguistic style and make it match the world and culture of the organisation.
Michiel Mulder – Recruiter IT

2. Do some research 

Get informed about the organisation: read the website well and go through the social channels. What was it that piqued your interest in this organisation? Incorporate that in your letter, so you are showing the organisation that you are well informed.  Shekufeh Manesh – Recruiter IT

3. Begin with a strong opening

Starting your letter with 'In response to your job vacancy dated...' is, of course, not very creative. You should use the first sentence to get the reader enthusiastic and curious! Open with something personal, an illustrative expression, or something else that immediately shows your enthusiasm.
Michiel Mulder – Recruiter IT

4. Substantiate

Always substantiate your claims. Don't just say 'I like working in the financial services sector', but add to the sentence with 'because' plus your explanation. In your explanation, you can use concrete examples so the reader understands your statement right away. Ytzen Zijlstra – Recruitment consultant Insurance & Banking

5. Give examples

Don't just say that you are the right person for the job, but give examples as to why you are. Use your letter to give a few concrete examples and build this up as follows: tell them what you have done, explain how you did it, and what results you achieved. This way, you can underpin your qualifications for the job.

Romy Plug – Recruitment consultant Marketing & Communication

6. To the Point 

Make sure you get to the point and don't use unnecessarily long sentences. Explain with just a few – but strong – words what your qualifications are and why you would fit perfectly in that function or with the organisation. Words such as 'very' are superfluous. When you state that you are 'well experienced' in something, it will not add anything when you say that you are 'very well experienced'.  Tanno Oele – Recruitment consultant Legal

7. Click 

The personal click between the organisation and the person becomes increasingly more important than the competences. This means that you need to find out why you would fit in well with this organisation. Does the organisation have a sports team, for example, for which you would be a great addition? Mention that! 
Martijn van Leeuwen – Recruitment consultant Marketing & Communication

8. Ambitions 

Make your ambitions clear. What do you want to learn, and how? How do want to develop your own function? To make this clear, you should use powerful words, and avoid terms such as 'hopefully' or 'I would like'. After all, you are convinced of your own knowledge, skills, and ambition!
Shekufeh Manesh – Recruiter IT