Application Tips & Tricks

Finding the right branch and firm is just part of the story. Before you actually get the job, you have to compete with other hopefuls (in some cases from all over the world). How should you present yourself on the various media? What are the dos and don'ts when assembling a professional resumé? How do you write the perfect cover letter that will make sure you will be sitting behind the table of your choice? And that is when the real deal starts.

To assist you in the tricky process of getting the job you love, we have engaged in a strategic partnership with a firm that specialises in assisting and guiding job-seekers through this process. We have divided the process in two parts: application and the actual conversation. The first includes the way you present yourself on various media as well as on your resumé and in your cover letter. The second part assists you from the moment you shake your future employers hand until you walk out the door with a job offer.

Our partners, JobBootcamp, are experts in the field of coaching, recruitment and social psychology. On this part of the site, we will post relevant tips and tricks in all the above-mentioned fields. Please note that not all the content will be presented in English and that the content will be constantly added and altered.


The five phases of making a career switch

We indentify five phases of making a career switch. For some of you, the first two phases might not be relevant yet, but should nevertheless never be forgotten since they are often essential at some point of you future career.

Realisation phase: 

Realising the urgency of finding a new job environment.

Acceptation phase

Accepting the urgency of finding a new job environment

Orientation phase

What am I going to do with my career?

Activation phase

Making a realistic plan to find a new career.

The 'do' phase

Executing your plan.


The four aspects of application

Personal orientation and motivation

Gaining insights in your own intrinsic motivation and discovering how to use this powerful tool in an application process. Making a specific career step is essential from a realistic self-image. It might seem tempting to spread your chances by applying for a wide range of vacancies, while it might actually hamper your chances of getting a job. This is often an extremely important aspect that has been undervalued.

Application tools

Your application is assisted by your resume, cover letter and often LinkedIn profile. These should all have a minimal level of professionality, but beyond that can be specified dependent on your next career steps.

The search for the right vacancy

Where can you find the right job for you? Beyond the standard jobpages there is also a large proportion of vacancies that are filled be intermediaries or through proper networking. 

The conversation

This is obviously the make or break moment. Everything is important, ranging from posture and behaviour to conversation style. 


The basic four for getting the job

Knowing your own motivation

Make sure you know why you want this specific job. This means knowing the answers to questions like 'Why is this the right job for you?'. With a thorough knowledge of your own motivation, you can take control of the conversation.

Know yourself

Having a thorough knowledge of your own strength and weaknesses, you greatly increase the ease with which you can answer questions about yourself or your career. Knowing that there are weaknesses associated with your strengths shows that you also understand the reason why your career developed the way it has and why this is the right next step.

Proper preparation

Your conversationpartner prepares him- or herself by reading your resume and cover letter. You should prepare yourself by thoroughly reading the vacancy, look at the firm's website and google your conversationpartner. How do they present themself on Linkedin? Do they have a Twitter account and what do they post? Are their other sources of information and what do they tell you?

Conversation skills

By really listening and answering the questions you are asked, the conversation is automatically clear and comfortable. By weaving your motivation through the conversation, you can position yourself as an enthousiastic future employee. By taking initiative in the conversation, you show how you would function in your future job.