How to apply for a student job: the best tips
Written by: Christina Pichler, 30.07.2021
Written by: Christina Pichler, 30.07.2021
After you’ve searched through numerous vacancies and found something suitable, things get a bit more serious and you will have to write a cover letter for your desired job!
First impressions count! Choose a professional layout and be careful to avoid spelling mistakes. If you send your cover letter by mail or even hand it in on site, you should also make sure that you are not printing on dirty paper and that it is not wrinkled before submitting it. The best thing to do is to put all your documents together in an application folder.
A cover letter is roughly divided into three parts: introduction, main part and conclusion. The layout is also of great importance.
A letter of application is always written in the form of a letter and therefore begins with the address on the left side. First your own address is given, then that of the company.
After the address, the date and the place should be centered on the right. This is followed by the subject line for the advertised position (attention: if available, please state the application code of the advertisement)
Try to avoid general salutations and address a specific person if you know who the application will be sent to! Now the introduction continues:
It is important to catch your future employers interest, say goodbye to boring phrases and get creative! Talk about your successes or extraordinary strengths, attract attention! Try to get them want to learn more about you!
In this part you have to convince the recipient that you are the ideal candidate! Important facts can be read in your résumé (see next point), therefore you should go more into detail about your knowledge and strengths as well as your soft skills and make it clear what sets you apart from other applicants. Make sure to answer the question why YOU should work for this company and show what added value you could bring!
This part should be the highlight of your cover letter to definitely be remembered! Avoid falling into the conjunctive in the final part and end your application with a friendly, optimistic invitation for a personal interview, a greeting and your signature!
You can find some example sentences and further tips for your cover letter here!
You can also find a template for a student job application letter here.
Your résumé is the most important part of your application! Unfortunately, many applicants underestimate this part. The résumé is usually read first, so it is just as important as a good cover letter. Adapting your résumé precisely to the respective application also increases your chances. Don’t cram it with every part-time job you’ve ever done, but rather specifically mention the activities that fit the job you are applying for!
Here are some templates for your CV!
Your résumé should not be longer than 2 A4 pages. The layout should always to match the job; if you want to work in a creative industry, you have more room for creativity than when applying for an office job in a law firm! The curriculum vitae is always written in reverse chronological order. Meaning your latest experiences are listed first and are therefore in the foreground!
An application photo is a must on your résumé! Usually it is placed in the upper right corner. Your personal data (date of birth, address, etc.) can not be missing from your résumé either. In addition to your professional career, you should also list your school education and mention valuable voluntary activities, skills, knowledge and soft skills.
Your CV and letter of motivation were impressive. You are now invited to an interview. With these tips you can be sure to get the job!
Get to know your future employer
Find out more about the company you want to work for. Why do you want to work for this company? What can you offer? Even if you may not meet all requirements, it is possible that you are particularly well suited for the position! Find out why and convey it to your future boss!
If you feel insecure or nervous, ask your friends to conduct a trial interview with you. This way you can get used to the situation and have a few good answers in the back of your mind too.
You have already been invited to a personal interview, which means that you are a valid candidate for the position. Try to be yourself and show them what you got!
Of course, you should show yourself from your best side during an interview! However, it is of little use if you completely disguise yourself. Talk about the things that you are good at, but don’t be afraid to admit where you could use a little practice still.
We hope our tips for a successful application could help you and wish you a lot of success with your next application!