Above all optimistic …

… that’s what the Christmas card of the Career Service should be – if one would think of sending one, in the classical way by mail, printed on cardboard. That was the beginning of the discussion in our team. Then a design. No Christmas tree, no stylized green, simply a face, a look, optimistic and somewhat thoughtful and a wish to be able to form. And because the design led to so much positive feedback, we then really printed a small edition and sent it out in the traditional way. But of course, the card is also available digitally, here on the blog for download with best wishes for a happy holiday season and a good, healthy new year.

For Christmas cards …

… it’s probably still a bit early and maybe not the right time, as everything is becoming and should become digital. I took a look in our archives and found a Christmas card the Career Service sent out in 2015.

The archive has been digital already since the Career Service was founded in 2008, and so is the card. Its analog counterpart has not been found. That’s how times change.

With a hot needle …

… knitted or sewn, or even patched up with a hot needle, that’s a German saying. And as this blog entry also was made at the last minute, simply because there was so much to do at Career Service this week, this saying came into my mind. For the application, it’s good to take some time to carefully compile the documents and have someone else look over everything before you press the send button. Care goes before haste, because mistakes that you see after sending cannot be corrected. This is different with this blog entry. Fortunately you only can see in the backend the number of versions.

Templates and patterns ..

… can be found in many places on the net, knitting patterns for the winter sweater and patterns for the elegant evening dress. For applications, for cover letters and resumes, there are also countless templates on the net. My experience is that they are not very helpful at all. They often even lead to a really bad presentation in the resume or cover letter. I can adapt the pattern for the garment to my size. If I insert predefined or recommended phrases into my cover letter or resume, they remain a foreign body. What I myself want to say does not become visible. It is covered by the template. My own good idea doesn’t come up at all, and that’s a pity. So writing yourself is better. And: do it with your own words and phrases.