Write a good application
For anyone who wants to write the application and CV that will get them their job
It can be difficult to write an incisive application and a good CV.
An application describes what you would like to contribute to the company in the future, - while the aim of a CV is to show what you have done previously.
Write an astute application
It is important to base your unsolicited or solicited application on knowledge of the company.
An application should contain:
- Headline: What can an expressive headline say about you and your suitability for the job, for which you are applying?
- Motivation: What makes this company/position interesting to you?
- Your contribution: How would you tackle the job? And what would you bring to the company?
- Contact information
A good CV quickly provides the recipient with the big Picture
When you write a CV, it is important to ask yourself what is most appropriate for the recipient to know about you.
A CV should contain:
- A summary: Who are you? And what do you want?
- Education: What have you learned from your studies?
- Project and/or professional experience: What did you learn from your project and/or professional experience?
- Leisure: What you are doing in your spare time?
- Contact information
You can also add details of your language and IT skills, if relevant to the job, for which you are applying.
The exercises below can help you write the best application.
Prepare for the job interview
Going to a job interview is an art. The more interviews you go to, the better you become at it.
It is a good idea to rehearse your role in the interview before you go:
- Be organised about the context: When and where is the interview? How do you get there? How long do you expect the interview to last? Who will be attending? What clothes will you wear?
- Prepare a short presentation of yourself, your strengths/key competences (preferably with examples of situations, in which you have demonstrated them) and your interest in the job. Write down key words and incorporate them into the interview.
- Prepare one or more questions about the job. Write them down and include them in the interview.
- Prepare answers to the questions you would rather not be asked. These vary from person to person, but typical subjects are strengths, weaknesses, expected salary and children.
It is useful to rehearse a job interview. You are welcome to book a Career Guidance session prior to an interview.
Here we will ask you some of the questions you will generally encounter in a job interview.
The actual interview
Make sure you do not arrive too late or too early. Being nervous is natural.
If you can manage it, try and be aware of your body language during the interview.
You will make the best impression if your body language is open and inviting. Smiling and eye contact are important.
After the interview
Hopefully, you get offered the job. Maybe you have to attend more interviews, and maybe you have to sit a test.
If you have any questions, you can contact SDU Business by sending an email or calling (+45) 6550 2022.
If you don't get the job, it is natural to be disappointed. Nonetheless, try and get some feedback. This might make you wiser and better prepared for your next interview.
If you need to, you are welcome to discuss the experience with one of our career advisers.
Below you will find an exercise to help you prepare for a job interview.
Who am I?
If you want to make clear choices in your studies and career, it is a good idea to be aware of your strengths.
For some people this feels like a challenge, but it is very helpful for you to ascertain what you are good at and what motivates you.
It can help you to become more aware of your abilities, interests, goals and values.
You can also book an appointment for a personality test by contacting the Career Guidance department in SDU Business.
An adviser will test you and discuss the result with you.
The Career Guidance department has also compiled exercises, which can help you discover who you are.
The test and the exercises below will increase your self-awareness, so you know what really motivates you.
As you prepare to enter the job market, after such a long time studying, it may be difficult to pinpoint your competences.
Having to sell yourself can be hard.
It is quite common to feel like that. As a student you are used to being measured according to what you know - but in the labour market it is all about what you can do.
Get an overview of your competences
There are three types of competences:
- The general academic competences you acquire by studying at university.
- The specific professional competences, you acquire in the course of your studies.
- Finally, the personal competences you acquire from student jobs or leisure activities
The Career Guidance department has compiled a number of exercises, which can help you create an overview of your various competences so you can tighten up your profile.
Creating a network
Approximately 60% of all appointments in Denmark result from networking.
As a job-seeker, you cannot avoid considering the state of your network and how to use it.
Many people find it unacceptable to contact people they do not already know.
They do not want to disturb people or bother them. It is a common misconception to think that you are being troublesome.
Asking questions is not troublesome
But when you network and ask the person you are talking to relevant questions, it actually indicates that you value the knowledge and expertise of that contact.
The Career Guidance department has a number of exercises that can help you identify your network and how to tackle a network conversation.
How to make a choice
In the course of your studies and your future career, on many occasions you will find yourself in a situation where you have to make a choice.
It is quite normal to be uncertain about what the right choice is.
The important choice
Maybe you need a neutral party who can both challenge you and provide you with feedback about the different options you have.
In the Career Guidance department we are more than happy to give you feedback, asking the questions and supplying the information that can bring you closer to a decision.
We can also help you to establish positive goals for your career and help you find out what you can do to achieve them.
Below you will find exercises that can help you to explore the choices you face.
They can also help put your career goals into perspective, and reveal what you can do to achieve them.
A positive working life
Your career is all about finding a meaningful path in your working life.
Many students start to think about the working life that awaits them after completing their studies. It can be difficult to know in advance the nature of a really meaningful working day.
Put yourself to the test
You can try out certain things, if you start your career when you enter university. This might involve an internship, voluntary work or a student job.
This can provide you with important knowledge of what feels right for you.
For some people it might be about living a life as an entrepreneur with great freedom, in which work and leisure merge; while others prefer a fixed framework and fixed working hours.
You should also consider how important time with family and friends is for you.
Think about what you want
That is why it makes sense to take a step back and think about what job satisfaction means to you, and what your working life should look like.
Below you will find an exercise to help you put your values into perspective, and inspiration for the types of paths you can take, when planning your career.