A CV is the essential and important document for every job application. But, just a CV is not enough for the job application process. For example, for someone in Germany preparing his/her job application completely, there are one cover letter and attachments (diplomas, spreadsheets etc.). Some applicants add one more page called third page in their application folder, or they compile a personal cover page.
In the cover letter, also known as letter of application, you try to convince the HR manager that you are the right employee for the position. Beside the information about you, contact information of the company and your interest (job application as a/an...), there should be a text where you try to convince them that you are suitable for this job via your academic and vocational career, and your interests. Try to be as concrete as possible in this text section. In other words: be brief and to the point. Cover letter should be maximum one page. As for the content, it reveals your qualifications and the most important points of your CV.
Cover letter should be written for the person that you will have the job interview with, and acceptor. Therefore, you should address it to the name of with the person. Addressing like "Esteemed ladies and gentlemen" is very non-significant, and it is not welcomed by HR managers. In case you do not know the name of the acceptor and/or relevant persons’ names were not given on the job advertisement, it is a good idea to call the company before the job application to learn the name of the person. This also provides you with the advantage to let them know your name anyhow and it’s like having a pre-interview.
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Diplomas, certificates and references are added in attachments.
- School, education and college diplomas
- Internship documents
- Certificates about other professional trainings
- Reference or recommendation letters of ex-employers or college professors.
The main rule for all these documents: Add them only if they have importance on the job or position applied. If you are in the professional life for a long time, adding your college diploma is enough, and you do not have to add your high school diploma. Also, it is not necessary to mention the internships that are not relevant to the job.
In CV editor, you can add your diplomas, certificates and references to your CV. For that, click on "Add Document" above the status bar, and it is below the CV. Now you can add your all documents that are in digital environment.
If your diploma and other documents are not saved on your computer as a folder, firstly you have to scan them. For perfect scanning results:
- You should clean the scanner's glass.
- You should be careful about putting the document on the glass evenly.
- You should choose a scanner resolution that is 600 and 1200 dpi.
- You should save the folder as PDF or JPEG.
Hint: If you will send your job application via mail, original or verified copies of the attachments are not required. High-quality photocopies are adequate, and colour photocopy is not necessary.
Cover page and third page
Candidates who wish to outrun their competitors sometimes decide on a cover page or a third page.
Third page is an independent page that follows the cover letter and your CV (that's why it is called "The Third page”), and where your special qualities are mentioned, and involves your motivation on working for the company.
Many candidates use the cover page to add a bigger job application photograph to their job application. In addition to this, contents of the CV can be written in the cover page. There are no limits in its design.
For both documents, think whether they are necessary or not. Here is a tip: for more serious and traditionalist companies, the rule of being short but to the point is essential. In spite of this, when your job application should be extraordinary, using personal cover page is a good idea.
You can send your job application via mail, e-mail or online. You can find more on which channel to use and what you need to consider using any channel on the page Job application via mail, e-mail or online.
You can find more information about the design, length and the content of chronologic CV under the title of chronologic CV or Sections and Contents.