An application can be written in many different ways. Still, some things are more important than others.

The application text should wake the interest and curiosity of the employer. You have to be stand, show your best side tell the why you are the right candidate.

Here we have listed six tips on how to write a good application.

1. Tailor your application

An application should be unique to the job you are applying for. It should therefore explain to the employer why you are applying for this position, why you are a good fit for it and how you want to solve the tasks outlined in the announcement. You can explain this by referring to your experiences, your skills and why this is useful in such a position. This allows the person reading your application to envision you in the role. Do not write many paragraphs, rather make it short and interesting. A standard application text may not give the same effect as a tailored one, as it lacks information about your interest in that specific position and company.

2. Write a good introduction

Instead of a standard sentence, write an introduction that catches people’s attention. Tell us what triggered you to apply right away. In addition, it is advisable to include references to people you may have talked to beforehand, or if you know the company from before, you can include this. It makes the employer curious about who you are.

3. Mirror the industry you are searching in

You probably know the industry you are searching for jobs in, but if you don't, you should do some research. With the results you find, write why you want to work for this particular company. This shows the reader that you have understood the company and wakes an interest in the reader and tells them that you are interested and understand the company. It is okay to write a little freely and playfully if you are looking for a job in a creative profession or for example for a job in a kindergarten, while in more conservative industries such as finance, you should keep a tighter line.

4. Do not repeat everything in the CV.

The resume is a fact sheet on who you are. The application letter is more personal. Here you can tell the company about your personal characteristics and how your expertise fits the requirements of the position. Please refer to the CV, but let the application letter be the glued that connects the CV with the job advertisement.

5. Avoid typos

It may be unnecessary to mention this, but many submit job applications with typos in both CVs and application letters. In addition to obvious typos, it is easy to "be blind" to a text you have spent a longer time working on. Thus, words and phrases can be unclear, and are not always revealed by spell checking. Have someone read your application before submitting!

6. Be brief and concise

The person reading your application will most likely also read many others. Although it is tempting to go into detail about everything you can, it pays to be concise - in most cases it enough with an A4 page.


Application structure:

Personalia - Name, your address and recipient.

Introduction that catches our attention - who are you and why are you applying for this particular position.

  1. Paragraph - that reflect the industry you are searching in. Why are you a good fit, with reference to past experiences.
  2. Paragraph - your characteristics and knowledge that gives you an advantage for this position
  3. Conclusion - Short text explaining that you are hoping for a positive response, and that you are available for a chat and end with sincerely your name.


Finally, remember that the application will be the connection to your resume. Double check both your CV and application, check that they match and that you have selected the most important parts for the position.


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