How to write a job application

It is not always easy to write a resume or a cover letter. But don’t worry! On this page we have collected our best advice to help you when writing your job application.

Format and content

A job application is made up of a cover letter and a resume. In the cover letter you present yourself and your interest in the position, while the resume is a compilation of your education, work experience and accomplishments. You can also attach transcripts of your studies, letters of recommendation and other certificates if these are requested. However, adding attachments is not always necessary. If you are unsure, you can always contact the employer or recruiter and ask.

If you need some help while writing your resume or cover letter, we have more information about it here. Please note that the information is written In Swedish.

Always write a targeted application

A very common mistake when applying for a job is to submit a generic application. Instead, make sure that every application is specifically geared towards the position and employer that you are addressing.

Highlight your experiences, qualifications and skills which are particularly relevant for the position that you are applying for. Try to show a genuine interest in the organization and use your application to explain how working for the employer is in line with your ambitions.   

Research your potential employer!

It is important that your competence matches the needs of the organization that you want to work for. However, it is difficult to match yourself to something you don’t know anything about. Therefore, it is important to do research on the organization that you are applying to. The more you know about the job that you are applying for, the better application you can prepare. That will also increase your chances of being asked in for an interview.  

How formal should an application be?

Your application should be easy to read and of course completely correct in terms of grammar, spelling and correctness of information. Always try to adapt the format and content of your application to the position that you are applying for. For example, if you are applying for a position as a tax attorney at an auditing firm, your application should probably be more formal than if you are applying for a job as a project manager at an advertising firm.  

Can I send an unsolicited application?

Yes, of course you can! But remember that even an unsolicited application should include a targeted cover letter explaining why you would like to work for that particular employer. Also, be specific about what you can bring to their organization. 

Since it takes time to write targeted letters, a good idea is to call the employers that you are interested in before you start writing your application. Ask them if there is even a possibility that they might be in need of someone with your profile. Then you can put more time and energy into preparing really good applications to organizations that have actually shown interest in you.  

Should I call before applying?

There is no intrinsic value in calling an employer just for the sake of it if you don’t have a real reason for calling. But a well-prepared phone call can give you important information for your application and also the chance to spark the employer’s interest in you even before they receive your application. Think about what information you might need to decide whether or not you want to apply for the position and ask your questions based on that. Write down what you would like to say so that you are prepared when they answer your call. 

Review of your application

Would you like a professional review of your resume and cover letter? We can help you!

On this page you find more information about how to get a review of your job application.

The most common interview questions

At your job interview you will get a lot of questions, some of which can be difficult to answer. We have put together a list with the questions that you are most likely to encounter in a job interview.