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.

A hammer drill …

… that can drill holes in even the hardest concrete without making any noise – that’s what you want when an enthusiastic DIYer is trying out his new acquisition in the apartment next door. But drilling a hole and making no noise is a requirement profile that no one can fulfill. A similarly unfulfillable combination of requirements can also be found in some job advertisements. A pity, really. I can turn off the drill if I disturb my neighborhood. The job posting is something I should simply apply for, even if I don’t fulfill everything. Then, in case of doubt, there will be a rejection. Yes. But at last I still have the chance to get an answer and perhaps an invitation for a job interview. So why not have a try. Good luck.