The perfect application letter - Part 2

Friday, September 29, 2017

You can find application tips everywhere online, but our consultants gladly share the tips they personally find important. Read them in this second part of this blog and use them to your benefit to write the perfect application letter and receive an invitation for an interview. And then maybe you will start your dream job!

1. No summary of your CV 

Your letter must be an addition to your CV and show your motivation for the function and the organisation. Make sure your letter is not a summary of what has already been listed on your CV, but that it complements the CV. Use the letter to grab the opportunity to bring the facts from your CV come to life by giving examples. 
Leon Sloots – Talent Management Consultant

2. Personal 

Stay far away from meaningless words such as spontaneous, driven, flexible, or assertive. These are general characteristics that don't say a lot about what makes you special. Instead, use words that tell something specific about your character or make it concrete. For example, I'm always the first to call out 'Yes, great! I'll take care of it', when something needs to be organised.
Romy Plug – Recruitment consultant Marketing & Communication

3. Make connections 

When you have made a good description of all these personal characteristics, connect them to the values or job requirements of the organisation. Are you, for example, a very sporty person? Explain how this contributes to being result-oriented in your work. 
Ytzen Zijlstra – Recruitment consultant

4. Personal brand 

Show them who you are! What do you stand for, what keeps you busy in your spare time, and what are your passions? By answering these kinds of questions, the reader will get to know you. This is how you can make yourself stand out from the other applicants with a similar CV. Do you want to know more about your personal brand? Read our blog about personal branding.
Tessa Verkade – Campus recruiter Engineering

5. Eager to learn 

When you are at the beginning of your career, there is a good chance that you don't have all the skills that are required for the job. Stating that you are eager to learn the competences and qualities they ask for, is not the best move. You are not applying for a course, but for a job you are really good at. When applying for a job, you want to make it crystal clear what you have to offer. On the other hand, you can, of course, mention that you consider training opportunities to be important, as you like to develop yourself further. This also shows that you are ambitious.
Shekufeh Manesh – Recruiter IT

6. Final statement

End your letter with a good final statement. Why are you more suitable than others? What makes you special? Why should we invite you? When this is your first step onto the job market and you find this difficult to say, you can maybe ask a colleague from a side job, or a relative or friend.
Leon Sloots – Talent Management Consultant

7. Conclusion

In the conclusion of your letter, you need to show what the ultimate goal of your letter is, and that is, of course, getting invited for an interview. Never say: 'I "hope" to receive an invitation for an interview', or 'I "think" that I will be suitable for this job'. This sounds far too insecure. No, you are convinced that the function is perfect for you!
Shekufeh Manesh – Recruiter IT

8. Online visibility

Consultants always check online to see who they are dealing with. Make sure that your LinkedIn profile says the same as what you are stating in your CV. It always makes a good impression to have some positive recommendations from (former) colleagues. Or include references in your CV. When you do this, you should always check if someone is willing to give you a reference.
Machteld Hiemstra – Sourcing consultant IT