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Nowadays, search and headhunting is more the rule than the exception for some most postions, and much of that search process is done through LinkedIn. Keep your profile up to date with your experience and skills, so that when we search for candidates with your experience, we can easily find you, when we are looking for the skills you possess. By completing your entire profile, including a profile picture and cover image, you will move up the rankings and appear more frequently in searches.
Sending the same application over and over again can draw attention for the wrong reasons, so it’s worth adapting your application to the specific job you’re applying for. Base your application on the requirements specification in the job advert, and explain why you’re suitable for the job.
In your CV, list your previous work experience in chronological order, with the most recent experience at the top. You should state where you worked or studied, when and what was involved. Also feel free to describe in one or two sentences what the role entailed, as the same role may involve different things at different workplaces. Whatever position you are applying for, it’s important that your CV is clear and easy to read. If you want your CV to stand out, make sure it feels polished and looks good. There are several tools for this, one of which is “CVkungen”.
Your cover letter should focus on why you are applying for the job and how you would be an asset to the company. One of the most important tips is always to be honest in your descriptions. Include your strengths relevant for the specific position. Try not to reveal too much private information in your cover letter, but feel free to be yourself and have the courage to stand out, for example by attaching a short presentation video. If you find it difficult to write your letter on your own, you can use a text robot, such as Cowrite, to produce a draft, that way you can add your personal touch to make it unique. It’s a good idea to have someone else read the text before you apply for the job, to get some extra input and make sure you´ve included all relevant information.
Make sure you´ve done your research about the company before the interview. When you get the opportunity to attend an interview, you want to show that you hold a genuine interest in why you are interested in working there. Regardless of whether it’s a remote interview or a face-to-face interview, it’s important to show that you care. Visit the company’s website and social media channels to get a feel for the company and its corporate culture. For example, you can get an idea of what employees wear and what would be appropriate for the interview.
Think twice when providing references. What is your relationship? How will the person describe you? Choose people who you think will describe you in a positive way, but not people with whom you have a close relationship. Always remember to ask the person before providing them as a reference.
When justifying your salary expectations, it’s important to have checked the general salary picture for the position in question. If the employer is reluctant to match your demands, you should also have prepared examples of how the role you are applying for is described and previous experience to justify why the salary you are proposing is reasonable.
Negotiations with employers often involve salary, but there are so many more elements that can be negotiated. If the company can’t match the salary you want, you may be able to compensate for this in other areas. For example, you may be able to negotiate a better, more favorable pension deal, insurance, or a few extra days of holiday.
There are several services that offer reviews of employment contracts. Search for a service that specializes in your industry. Below you will find links to some suggestions.