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What are employers looking for when hiring someone? Here are two main questions they want answered:

  • Why do you want to work here? (What really motivates you to do this job)
  • What can you offer in this job? (What makes you the right person for this job)

Your job application should therefore answer those questions.

Job application

The job application and CV provides a prospective employer’s first impression of you. Try to capture the employer´s interest from the beginning. To manage this, the key is to read the ad carefully to find out what skills and qualifications the employer is looking for.

A job application typically consists of three parts: introduction, body and closing. Here are some tips on what to pinpoint:

Introduction:

Describe your interest in the particular opening and highlight the reasons you are the right person to hire. This is the way to show your motivation for the post. Be precise about what inspires you instead of just saying “that you are motivated for the job”.

Body:

The body of your application should tell why you would perform well in this job. Draw out examples of your skills and/or qualifications from your CV that you believe make you a particularly strong candidate for the job. Mention experience from both studies, specialization or for example case work, voluntary or other work and hobbies that are likely to be important for the position you are applying for. Describe your personal qualities that are relevant to the advertised job. Illustrate how you think your qualifications and experience can contribute to the organization. Avoid discussing weaknesses, focus on what you can do.

Closing: 

Finally, you should sum up. You can briefly reaffirm your interest in the role. Convince the employer that you are a safe and god choice.

 

Published 9. March 2017 - 15:32 - Updated 14. March 2017 - 12:20

Norwegian University of Life Sciences (NMBU)

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