80% of all job applications get sorted out during the first reading because of formalities. That means, if you write letter of application with correct structure, grammatic and spelling, you are ahead of 80% of the competitors. Most of those errors you can fix with the right tooling (in your word processor). Let somebody else proof read it and you will find all.
A letter of application should have following order:
Conclusion (with Signature)
I don’t write it in that order. I recommend writing it from the easiest part to the hardest: Letterhead, Subject Line, Salutation, Conclusion, Introduction, Body. It seems weird to work on the body at last, but it has some benefits. The other parts you can either fill in or use some templates. The body is different. You have to put effort into it. This proceed motivates me to write a good body because I gained momentum writing the other parts.
The first time I started searching work and writing my applications I was overwhelmed. It was so important to search a job, but instead I procrastinated a lot. Unfortunately I started with searching the position and writing the letter of application. Writing the resume and preparing needed documents is a better way to start.
The goal of your application is to get an interview and eventually the position. In everyday life a personnel managers has little time to look over an application. That’s why your application needs to arouse interest. Your presentation needs to be convincing but yet brief.
“Sometimes, simply by sitting, the soul collects wisdom.” – Zen proverb
Meditation is a exercise, where you focus your attention at only one thing. Contrary to everyday life, where you get bombed with information and interruptions. Too much information and interruptions are bad for your focus and concentration. Meditation is also a tool for learning about yourself and for growing.
Since the 1950 many studies have been made about the topic. How it works is still unclear. But the benefits have been proved scientifically. Among those are following:
In the last couple of years I occupied my mind on the subject learning. In school or during university the main part of the courses are predefined. Beyond that you can or must set a thematic priority. But how do you decide which thematic priority is right for you?
Beginning with the work life similar questions come up. You have to learn many new skills in a very short period. So there do you start and what is important for your career?
Such questions can be answered with an investment plan.
The idea is to maintain your knowledge portfolio like a financial portfolio.
Learn by Teaching is one of the most effective learning techniques.
“While we teach, we learn,”- Seneca
The principle of learn by teaching can be summarized in following sentence: You only truly understand something, if you can teach it to it to somebody else.
Teaching forces you:
During school and my studies I spend a lot of time in front of books. Literally. Unfortunately without great success. I’m not good at learning out of books. If you maid similar experiences, maybe it will help you also to know your learning type.
“Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”–Confucius
At the latest after finishing school or studies it’s time to enter the world of work. Thereby application documents play a big role. The more demanding the job application is the more important it is to present yourself with your application documents in the right manner. For good positions, especially in big companies, often more than hundreds of people apply for. My current position was also very inquired. I didn’t get it because of my grades. But for my application documents I get compliments all the time. Furthermore I understand that searching a Job is a process.
At this point I want to give you a rough overview of the job search process. For every process step I will write an own article and link to it here:
Preparing your application documents
Search for the Position
– Gaius Wolf
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we now know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” – Albert Einstein
To imagine actions vividly is called visualization. What sounds like daydreaming is correctly used one of the best tools for self-improvement. At this point I want to give you an overview for the areas of application. For every area I will post a separate article, later.
Here is an incomplete list:
Mental training: Is applied by almost all athletes. They visualize sequences of movements, plays, strategies but also their emotions. As a result they achieve a better performance.
To overcome anxiety: Here you visualize the worst-case scenario.
Memory: Your memory can be increased enormously by applying the right kind of visualization technique. Such techniques are used by mental athletes.
To reach goals: You must believe that you can reach your goal before you can actually do it.
Observe what you visualize and what you want to accomplish by doing so.
– Gaius Wolf
Nowadays everybody sets goals. Athletes have the goal to win championships. Companies have the goal to make much money. Parents have the goal to spend more time with their children. However often they fail to reach their goals because of the definition.
Your tasks and goals should be defined SMART. SMART stands for:
Define your goals as specific as possible. Otherwise you won’t know there to start and when you reached your goal. Not: “I will learn Spanish!”, rather: “I will learn to speak to a Spaniard about the weather!”.
You only can reach goals that are measurable. So define your goals It’s hard to measure something abstract; it’s easy to measure something concrete, like numbers. That’s why you should define your goals specific.
You goals should be realistically achievable.
Your goals should have relevance. Don’t waste time on unimportant tasks and goals. Concentrate on the really important things!
Define a time frame for your tasks and goals. Otherwise you will always delay it.
Your goals should make sense in a wider context.
Don’t plan to far ahead. Plan as late as possible; when you will have the most information.
– Gaius Wolf
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