5 useful tips: How to write a good application?

Gustav Tornby


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5 useful tips: How to write a good application? 

How do you write an application that secures you the dream job?

There it is. The job. The job you so desperately want to get. It meets exactly every desire you have. But perhaps it’s been a while since you last wrote a job application.

The worst rust must be brushed off before you can throw yourself into writing the application that secures you the dream job. There’s a lot at stake because this is exactly the job you want.

Therefore, you want to write a good application that brings you further into the pool of hopeful applicants. Bring out your finest notepad and open your mind as we guide you towards the making of a good application.


5 tips to write a good application

Are you sitting well? Is the pencil sharpened? Maybe you are already looking at the position that you want to apply for. Nevertheless, I’m glad you’re reading along so you can get dressed to write a good application.

You may have already written a sentence. Deleted it again. Written a new sentence. Deleted it again. It can be hard to boil down everything you have on your mind to one A4 page.

Nevertheless, it is fundamental to keep it short when your application potentially lands in a pile of 200 other written applications.

It, therefore, requires ingenuity and flair for words and concretization to end up in the pile that is allowed to unfold its competencies and personality at a personal conversation.

There is no list of facts on how to secure your dream job exactly. But if you spice up your application with soul, good preparation, and these six tips, then you are well on your way.

The list is compiled based on the belief that you have the desired position in mind. That is why we are jumping right into the research phase.


1 – Research

It is fundamental that you know the company in question right down to the smallest detail. That way, your words are carefully reflected in the company’s values, and then you can later approach a potential conversation calmly. Create a knowledge foundation in advance, so the pen feels a little lighter in the hand. Or the fingers move a little faster on the keystroke, if you will.

By taking your standpoint from the company’s values and history, you can to a greater extent assess which of your competencies are in accordance with the skills that the company is looking for in a new employee.

With research, we also suggest that the job advertisement in question is read and studied with great frugality. This allows you to incorporate buzzwords into your application, which are related to the company and the specific position.

Filled with the knowledge of your competencies and the company, you can gradually begin to sharpen the pencil and move on to the next step of the application phase: the eye-catching and captivating headline.


2 – Headline

A good headline you say?

It may seem a little futile to go into detail with something as general as a headline. However, in the several centimeters high pile of applications, there is a risk that the applications will only be glimpsed fleetingly.

Therefore, it is key that what is written stands out.

You only have one A4 page to stand out and resonate, which is why it is essential to do it from the very first sentence.

It is a great opportunity to ingeniously unfold your linguistic creativity and personality at the very beginning of the application. See it as a first-hand impression, which can take root in our consciousness for a long time. 

It is important to point out that all job postings and industries are different, which must also be reflected in applications – and their headlines.

Not all industries adhere to linguistic equilibrium, however, it is still a way for you to stand out and maintain yourself in the recruitment employee’s consciousness.

A good headline means that you have got wind in the sails. You are on the right course, but not quite there yet. The next step in the journey is to incorporate your motivation into the application.


3 – Motivation/introduction

The headline is now done and dusted. Hopefully. But it’s time to move on. With few characters available, you must weigh every word and every sentence. This should be reflected in your introductory sentences, which should address your motivation for applying for that position.

Highlight precisely what is interesting to you in the specific position, and what creates the foundation for you considering yourself the perfect candidate for the position. Your motivation to apply for the position should create the connection to the next part of your application: Your competencies.


4 – The body of the application: Demonstrate your competencies and your professionalism

Welcome to, for some, the most intimidating part of the application. The part where you put your skills and professionalism into play. It can seem intimidating to have to put into words all the things one master.

The part where humility is an insult. No, of course, you should not be arrogant and knowledgeable in your rhetoric.

The company is looking for an employee who can fill the role that they want to be filled. Typically, a job posting will consist of some points under the heading: ‘We expect that from you’. This usually involves some personal, social, and professional competencies.

In that context, it’s about putting into words exactly how you can live up to those expectations. State the most relevant competencies and demonstrate in words how you can fill this role with your competencies.

But it is important that you are true to yourself. Believe that you, in terms of your skills and your personality, are the perfect match for the company and let it shine through.

Then you are on the right course. In fact, after this section, you are very close to the goal: the preparation of a good application. But hang on just a little longer. You are not quite done!

5 – Rounding off

You’re running out of characters. And the last section of the application should not fill that much either, however, this is still essential for the overall impression of the application. You have used ¾ page to demonstrate why that company cannot live without you. The beautiful words must be tied together with a bow.

Finish your application with a call-to-action. It is not rocket science, but it is important to round off with a kind greeting, where you point out that you look forward to hearing from them and elaborating on everything that stands between the lines.

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