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What does a good application look like? How is a job interview conducted?
The first step is to stop and think about the areas you would like to work in, and perhaps the positions you would most like to hold. What skills do you have and what experience have you gained so far?
As jobseekers, we don't increase our chances by applying for every job advertised - regardless of our experience - but by carefully selecting jobs that match our skills and experience.
When preparing your CV, it is essential that you take into account the requirements and expectations of the position you are applying for and tailor your application accordingly.
Traps (possible mistakes) - CV writing
Unflattering photo (cropped out of a photo, selfie mode, unflattering pose can make you look bad, it is better to wear "business casual" in the photo).
Incorrect contact details. Also, make sure NOT to include the phone number used at the previous job (if you don't update your current contact details, you won't be contacted for further arrangements).
The CV is not informative enough (only headings are listed in the list of duties at the previous existing employer, without details).
It's a mistake to write your CV in overly long circular sentences, like a novel.
Listing skills you know, mentioning something you don't know.
No indication of language skills, level or activity. Other courses and training that you don't realise how important they could be.
Not using the spell checker, making editing mistakes in Word.
Leaving our CV in Word format instead of PDF and sending it out like that (data protection principles (GDPR) and daily compliance with them are now essential).
Including a salary requirement may even exclude you from the possible selection process (only include a salary requirement if it is a condition for applying).
For English CVs, spelling is not enough; you must also comply with the rules in terms of grammar and content. You would be well advised to have it checked by someone with active English at C1 level before sending it.
You should only attach a covering letter if you are asked to do so.
What does a good CV look like? How it is structured and what content should be included?
A good CV speaks for us, reflects our personality and predicts the quality of our "work". A job seeker would not realise how important it is, because it is the content, quality and form of our CV that will get us an interview.
Required elements to be included in the CV:
Education (in reverse chronological order, starting with the most recent)
Courses (in chronological order backwards)
Jobs (in reverse chronological order)
Side jobs, other projects (in reverse chronological order)
Computer skills (particularly important for IT jobs)
Driving licence (it is worth mentioning the number of kilometres driven if you are an experienced driver)
What is less important, but gives/can give information about you:
Hobbies, leisure activities
Other interests e.g.: indicate charitable activities
The first step is to plan the format of your CV, as the principle of " appearance is what counts " applies here too! We often see CVs in Europass format, which, although informative, are more difficult to manage. Today, there are much simpler, airier and more 'fashionable' CV templates that are more suitable for presenting yourself.
When drafting the mandatory content, especially when listing your experience, share real information about yourself in bullet points.
Emphasise your experience that is relevant to the position applied for.
You can also specify the levels of Microsoft Office skills, e.g., Excel skills (F searches, Povit spreadsheet).
Refrain from using templates!
If you are no longer an entry-level candidate and have at least 1-2 years of work experience, remove from your CV what is no longer relevant to the position applied for: e.g., thesis titles. Do not detract from the main, professional experience.
Dare to ask a consultant for help! Feel free to send us your CV and we will give you guidance on any changes!
How is an interview conducted nowadays? How to prepare for it?
Nowadays, a job interview usually takes up to 50 minutes, but can sometimes be completed in less. Do not feel uncomfortable if the expected 50 minutes isn't completed. Interviews can be conducted in person, by phone and via Skype or Microsoft Teams, or even Facebook video calls. The choice of method will be tailored to the candidate.
Greeting/Introduction- the consultant/HR person explains the planned interview (this can prepare and reassure you).
The consultant/HR person will give a brief introduction to the company, the position, the responsibilities, more specific information about the team and other specific things.
The candidate is given the floor to answer guided questions, but it is also common practice for the candidate and interviewer to go over the experience together based on the self-description.
After the candidate has shared his/her experiences, the consultant/HR person can provide/provide additional information about the position.
English, German (or other) language skills will be assessed: in the form of a question-and-answer session.
Salaries, benefits, work schedule, expected start date, notice period, commuting and any other employment-related issues will be discussed.
The consultant/HR manager will explain the next step in the selection process (whether a further interview is expected, and, if so, the outcome of the interview and the date of feedback).
Closing the interview, saying goodbye.
Top tips before an interview:
First, gather as much information as possible from the company's website, Facebook/LinkedIn page. It will give you useful information and help you to ask questions during the interview that really interest you - showing that you are genuinely interested in the opportunity. A common question to ask a candidate is "What do you know about our company?" "What do you think about our website? Have you heard of us? Do you know what we do?" It's awkward if you can't answer that. A company's website is always informative, so if there is not enough information on the website, that is feedback for you. In general, you can learn a lot about the position, the prospective employees, the strategy, the objectives, the mission statement.
It's crucial to always arrive on time, which means knowing exactly where you need to go. At least one day before the interview, plan your route to the company using Google Maps.
In the event that something unexpected comes up and you cannot arrive on time, always let the contact know.
Also make sure you don't arrive too early. It is ideal to arrive 5-10 minutes before the interview.
Appearance (clothing, grooming) and presentation (handshake) are very important. We recommend "business casual" clothing for interviews, little perfume, minimal make-up (for ladies), well-groomed hands and nails, neat hairstyle. Here too, the principle of less is sometimes more.
Be prepared for the expected questions, nowadays you can find witty questions/brilliant answers on the internet.
Where did you work before/now? What tasks have you done/are you doing?
What experience do you have?
Does your experience match the position advertised by the company?
If language skills are required for the position, be prepared to switch to English or German at any time. It is advisable to have a trial meeting with a friend or acquaintance beforehand.
Watch your body language during the interview! Sit still, don't move around, gesticulate too much. Be aware! It always pays to be natural. Be attentive, don't cut the interviewer off. Pay attention to your speaking style, volume, gestures. Speak calmly and clearly.
During the interview, it is a good idea to gather your questions (e.g., what else you would like to know about the company, team, colleagues, partners, etc.), so that when you get the chance you can ask them.
Students can work as full-time employees in a company or through a school cooperative while completing their studies!
Employment through a school cooperative is in many ways preferable to full-time employment.
The most important are:
Favourable taxation (you take home a much bigger share of your gross salary).
Flexible hours (the number of hours you can work per day).
Career development opportunities (you will no longer be seen as a new entrant to the labour market when you finish your studies).
For more information and to view open positions, visit the Get Work School Co-operative website!