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Application Training

Spring 2013, Career Services Center
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Naomi Pentrel

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Transcript of Application Training

Career Services
Spring 2014

Application Training
Part 1
Part 2
What is the purpose of a Cover Letter?
Posted Job
Unsolicited Application
Graduate School
Three types

Green
: something you like
Purple
: something creative
Blue
: something you do not understand
Orange
: something bad [content]
Red
: something really bad
Light Blue
: format or English error
Cover Letter Critique
Activity!
BE HONEST!
Never Assume 
Be Specific
Make it Personal 
Know your Stuff – Research 
Looks Matter
Layout
Country Specifics
Think of CV and Cover Letter as a package
Tips
Anatomy
Date
Company`s Address
Your Address
Dear Mrs. Brown,
Opening

Sales Pitch

Flattery

Closing
Electronic Signature
Subject
Why are you writing?

Name the specific position, field, or general career area

How did you learn about it?

Use impersonal salutation formulas ( ex.: Dear Sir/Madam)
Start right away with describing yourself (not before you mention WHY you are writing)

Name the specific position or department you are applying to
Mention when you would like to start working and for how long you will be available (in Opening or in Closing)

Be humble or overconfident
Write things that are irrelevant to the position (ex.: busboy)
List all your activities
Write the same things as on your CV
Be confident
Choose the most relevant experiences and write about them
Relate your activities to the position requirements
Show interest for the position/company
Refer to your CV
Be creative (if you feel like)
How does your background make you an ideal candidate?
Which of your qualifications would be of greatest interest?
Why you are interested in the position, organization, location, or type of work?
Use experiences to demonstrate your skills!
Comment on something positive about the institution.
Show you have researched the institution.
Focus on value pages and mission statements.
Pick out keywords.

Generally describe the activities/ characteristics of the company – They know it!

Convince them you want to work specifically for them (ex.: Why Mercedes and not BMW?)
Relate the company to yourself: what do YOU like about them? How would YOU fit?
Encourage a response.
End with an assertive, but
suggestion for following up.
Express interest in discussing further.
Thank the reader for taking the time to read your letter and for considering you.
add enclosures (e.g. reference letters)

Be overconfident or humble
Summarize everything you have mentioned before

Mention your preferred starting date and availability period (here or in Opening)
Encourage a response
Requirements
Specifics of the program
Workgroup
Values of the University
Creativity
Future
Personal Statement
Prepare the job offer yourself
Which products/services does the company offer?
What are its current projects?
What is the company’s philosophy?
What qualifications and skills would they be looking for? – What can I offer?
What can I bring them?
Whom should I send my application to?
Unsolicited Application
Peer Review
Your Cover Letter
Opening
DO’s
DON’Ts
Opening
Sales Pitch
Sales Pitch
DO’s
DON’Ts
Flattery
Flattery
DO’s
DON’Ts
Closing
courteous
Closing
DO’s
DON’Ts
Thank you for attending!
If you like our workshop, please recommend it to others!
Predrag Tapavicki | p.tapavicki@jacobs-university.de | 4225
Petra Zarrath | p.zarrath@jacobs-university.de | 4225

Naomi Pentrel | n.pentrel@jacobs-university.de | 4219
Sophie Ochmann | s.ochmann@jacobs-university.de | 4219
Luxue Wang | l.wang@jacobs-university.de | 4219
Contact
PART 1
PART 2
What is a CV?
CV Critique
General Guidelines
Honesty
Strong verbs
Relevance
Appearance
One page (maximum two)
Proof reading
Research position

Compare to personal experiences

Add relevant projects or activities

Eliminate irrelevant information
Content
Targeting
Research Organization

Pick out key words


Adjust wording of entries


Eliminate irrelevant information
Wording
Name
Address (validity)
Phone
Email

Nationality
Date of Birth: Month DD, YYYY
August 13th, 1990
13th of August 1990
Personal Details
The Photo
Education
(mm/yyyy - mm/yyyy) Name of Institution, City, Country
Degree earned (or pursued)
Specialization and thesis
GPA and Awards
Do not include Primary School!
(mm/yyyy - mm/yyyy) Name of Institution, City, Country
Practical Experience
Position and Department
Responsibilities
Strong verbs
Consistency in structure
Research and Project Experience
(mm/yyyy - mm/yyyy) Name of Institution, City, Country
Position and Department/ School
Topic and Goal of Project
Information short and concise
Responsibilities
strong Verbs
Consistency in structure
Extracurricular Activities
(mm/yyyy - mm/yyyy) Organization, City, Country
Position
Specific projects
Responsibilities
strong Verbs
Consistency in structure
Skills and Awards
Languages
PC/Programming Skills
Other qualifications
Awards
Levels:
1. Proficient in…
2. Advanced knowledge of…
3. Working knowledge of…
4. Basic skills in…
Interests
Be VERY specific
Leave out generic interests like “reading”
Think of how your hobbies/interests could be viewed by others
Maximum three
Proofread!
Perception of your CV
Font
Color
Orientation
Picture
Others
Peer Review
Per Email
Name the file with your first and last name
Two pages
Put your name on the top of the second page
Page 1 of 2 and 2 of 2
German CV
Place, date and signature at bottom of CV

Cover letter and CV go in a package!
Sending the CV
Did you bring your own CV?
Naomi Pentrel
Career Services Center
Curriculum Vitae
Cover Letter
Jobportal
CV & Cover Letter checks
Interview preparation
Career Counseling
Career Events

Contact us!

Green
: something you like
Purple
: something creative
Blue
: something you do not understand
Orange
: something bad [content]
Red
: something really bad
Blue
: format or English error
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