Different ways to apply for a job in Denmark The solicited job through a Job Bank: www.jobbank.au.dk, www.jobindex.dk, www.workindenmark.dk, etc. The unsolicited job – ex: learn about interesting companies in Denmark through the web, Ask in the Career Centre. Word of mouth, Upload your CV on job search sites - ex: www.workindenmark.dk, www.jobzonen.dk, on company’s webpages Networking - friends, fellow students, neighbours, supervisors, career fairs and company events, www.linkedin.com, www.facebook.com Attending career fairs – Networking events at the University, Career Days in Århus (6 March 2013). BE PROACTIVE – BE CREATIVE
CV vs. Cover letterThe purpose of the CV is to: describe your past keep focus on your competences and results include only relevant information create a quick overview The purpose of the cover letter is to: get you to a job interview describe your plans for the future The Loveletter
How to write a good CVLayout:make simple and clear headlines and paragraphsshort and precise sentencesbe careful with too much ”noise”2-3 pages, but not font size 8consistency between CV and cover lettertarget the CV to the job you are applying for
How to write a good cover letter Do research on the company and on the position and use it in the cover letter Find information about the company culture, their products, position in the market, competitors, company values, management, etc. Use your network. Do you know anybody who works there? Use Linkedin.
The solicited job application: find the central competences the company is looking for apply even though you cannot live up to all the qualifications make the cover letter unique for this particular job and company describe how you can contribute to the company - focus on the future use examples
The unsolicited job application: research on the company – the library, Company website etc. describe how you can contribute to the company give them an idea of how you can contribute
The structure of the cover letter Header: address and contact information Headline introductory paragraph motivation for applying professional background personal background Closing enclosure, ex. CV
Before applying It is more than ok to contact the company – have good questions prepared (if not don´t call) If possible direct your cover letter to a specific person in the company ask questions about the company - it shows initiative ask about things that were unclear/not mentioned in the job add
Examples of questions: do they recruit people with your educational background in the company? if yes, then for which positions? what kind of responsibilities do they have? which personal competences are important to have in the job? Visit our web: http://studerende.au.dk/en/career/aucareer/good- questions-for-a-potential-employer/
When applying be as precise and specific as possible describe why you are applying for a job in this company explain what you can do for them adjust your CV to be as relevant for the company as possible focus on what you can do – not on what you cannot do follow-up within 3-5 days if you have not got a confirmation of receiving your application
Exercise Purpose of the exercise: to teach you how to write a cv and learn from your fellow students Description of the exercise: In small groups discuss the cvs of the other participants of the group counseling. – What is good/bad? – How could it be improved?