As an internship placement platform, we go through many applications and even though all of you are great individuals with lots of potential for the companies in Beijing, we would like to give you some hints and tips on how to beat your competitors and stand out of the masses.
What makes an application outstanding? How to get the attention of a recruiter? And how to get the job you really want?
Put yourself in the position of a recruiter:
Keep these points in mind when you write your application.
The first thing a recruiter will see is your email in his mailbox. In order to avoid a bad first impression, you need to add a subject to your email! A good subject title is the title of the position you are applying for, this is especially essential if you send your resume to a recruitment company, where many different jobs are offered.
Second is your email address: absolutely avoid to have an inappropriate email address such as sexybunny94@…, you are applying for a serious job, this email will not even be opened by the recruiter.
The third thing is your message in the email. Don’t just send your attachments without any greetings or basic info. Find out the recruiters name or at least greet with: “Dear Sir/Madam”. Let them know that you are motivated to work for them, that you attached all the necessary documents and remain with your best regards. This is a very simple text but if you don’t write it, your application might be ignored.
This basic 3 steps will give a good first impression, but don’t forget to attach all required documents! Check the job description again before you send the email and make sure you added all necessary documents. If you happen to forget the attachments, try to recall your email and send it again. It won’t give a good impression if you send 2 emails within 5 minutes explaining that you forgot the attachments.
Make sure all attachments are in PDF instead of Word. There are many different Word versions and sometimes the file cannot be opened in a newer version.
Look at your CV as a sales advertisement to sell yourself to the company.
A CV is easy to recognize, which means you don’t need to title it as such, better write your name on top of the page to let the reader remember who you are (Not to confuse with the file name: File name should be CV and your name).
The CV is where the recruiter takes all the information he needs and where you need to leave an outstanding impression.
On top of the CV comes your name with your personal details like your address, phone number, email, and in China you can also add your Wechat ID (avoid it, if your ID doesn’t sound professional: again, no sexybunny94).
Important for recruiters is your experience in the relevant field. You should always adapt your CV to the job you are applying for. Don’t look at your CV as your biography where you always add the newest job experience, look at your CV as a sales advertisement to sell yourself to the company.
AVOID GRAMMAR AND SPELLING MISTAKES
Once you followed all this points you can ask a friend to spell check your CV again. Don’t underestimate this part. Many application look amazing on the first sight but lose its glance once all typos show up.
Now the only thing missing is to find the right job to apply for. If you want to apply for jobs, most companies will ask for internship experience.
How to get work experience?
Find your internship in Beijing with InternsInBeijing.com, we are Beijing’s leading Platform for Young Professionals with over 10’000 members. See the companies offering internships in Beijing on our website and our Wechat account: InternsInBeijing
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15 words hiring managers want to see: (don’t use all of them, use it as an inspiration)
14. Under budget
Good luck for your application