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The right way to apply

Your application - do you have the rigth approach?

An excellent application has crucial significance, especially when it comes to filling executive positions.

"To apply" actually means to promote yourself. Your task is to draw attention to your personal strengths and qualities as well as your goals and expectations. In order to do that, you must be sure of yourself and your approach.

Applying is mainly a matter of attitude. It is important to neither be too self-critical nor too boastful. Your application must be as authentic as possible. An application dossier that conveys self-criticism will hardly be appealing. You must be sure of yourself before you can convince others of your qualities. If you exaggerate and tend to be self-glorifying, you will lose credibility. By doing so, you risk to raise expectations for a job interview that you will not be able to meet.

In short, only an application dossier that reflects your personality is a good one.

Your application must always be bespoke and customised to the particular vacancy. That will show your future employer that you are serious about their company. In that case, the focus will not be on yourself, but on your potential employer and the solution to their problems.

The company will only place trust and invest in you, if they are fully convinced you are the right person. Your application must clearly articulate the benefit you will bring to the company.

Thus, writing an application is far more than merely compiling a CV. It involves the thorough reflection of your own personality and your career goals and expectations. Doing that requires a considerable amount of time and effort, but remember: If your aspirations are to take you above average, you have to make greater efforts to get there!

There is no such thing as the one and only correct application, but SCHERL & PARTNER have compiled some important advice and tips. Heeding them can determine your success – remember: Your application is an advertisement of yourself.

Advice and tips for your application

  • The first impression of your application is crucial. Therefore, its visual layout or design is very important, especially for executive positions.
  • Use your creative ideas to tailor it to the special requirements of the company.
  • Your application must express clearly and unmistakably who you are, what you want, what your skills are and how the company will benefit from you.
  • Display uniqueness, individuality and quality in your application. Remember that you have to stand out from the competition of applicants.

Writing your application involves considerable time and effort - an investment that will definitely pay off.

As an executive working for an international company, you must be able to create documentation and presentable concepts independently. You will have to prove your skill on a daily basis when dealing with your staff and your clients!

We wish you every success with the writing of your application.

The SCHERL & PARTNER team