When applying for any job, it’s crucial to make your application stand out. The best applications we see are those that clearly and concisely highlight their experience in a way that’s tailored to the specific graduate track they are applying for. This grabs our attention and makes us want to learn more. We’ve summed up our top five application tips below.
1. Start with research
Before you begin your application, it’s important to do some research into our company and the role you are applying for. By demonstrating that you have read a little about us and the work we do, you will come across as interested and motivated, which also enables you to better tailor your application to the job.
2. Tailor, tailor, tailor!
Meticulous tailoring of your CV and cover letter goes miles in conveying your engagement and relevance to us. Generic applications don’t exactly stick out, and won’t impress us. In 2017, we received over 1500 applications for 10 positions, and we expect the same this year, so generic applications simply don’t cut it. It’s generally a good idea to give examples throughout your application that firmly showcase your strengths, skills and successes within the specific context of the track you’re interested in. If you’re able to communicate how your experience is relevant, we automatically start imaging you in the role. Please also remember that everything you include in your written application can potentially be talking points at a later face-to-face meeting like the Assessment Center or individual interviews (read this blog post for more information about the recruitment process).
3. Keep it concise
The best applications we see are written in an articulate but concise way. You may have a lot to offer, but please remember that we have limited time to screen applications, so please avoid submitting an unnecessarily lengthy one. You’re doing yourself a significant favor if you manage to write in a clear and concise language.
4. The cover letter
Unsurprisingly, the heart of the application lies in your cover letter. This is your chance to express why you would be a good fit for our Graduate Programme. Always remember to include your motivation and the qualifications relevant for this specific job. In fact, writing a good application is all about providing context. Briefly explain why you want this job – how does it fit/enhance/compliment your career path up until now. We don’t know your background, so give us a better idea of where you’re coming from. This will provide a clearer picture of your motivation for the job, and can show that you have done your research on us and our Graduate Programme. At the end of your cover letter, you can favorably give concrete examples of what you will bring to this role. This is your opportunity to tie your experience and understanding of the job into a vision for the role as a Demant Graduate.
5. Re-read and edit
Before you send off the application, step away from it, clear your head, and then go through it again with fresh eyes at a later point. It’s also a good idea to have an independent reader go through it to give feedback.
Lastly, make sure you’ve attached all the relevant documents. We consider mistakes in this area a lack of attention to detail, and this will most definitely lower your chances in the further process.
We look forward to seeing your application! Good luck!
The Demant Graduate Programme Selection Team