Montag, 23. Oktober 2017

The perfect photo for your job application

No application is complete without a good portrait photo. Although the trend coming from the USA is to renounce the photo in order to avoid any kind of discrimination based on looks, skin colour, etc., most European recruiters still expect one. If you invested a great amount of time in crafting the perfect application documents, you won’t want a bad picture to spoil your good prospects. We’ll share our pointers for taking better pictures.

 Make sure to be in good spirits and play your favourite song in the background or do anything else that gets you in a good mood. Your face won’t be able to hide a bad disposition and that, in turn, won’t make you look friendly, positive and in charge. Next step is to decide, what you want to communicate through your portrait – what kind of position are you applying for and what attributes that can be conveyed visually would make a good case for hiring you? There are a few camera tricks available. Are you applying for a managing position? Then the photo should be shot slightly downwards on you, from higher up. Are you applying for an executive position where they are looking for a congenial personality? In this case, the photo should be shot upwards, with the camera slightly down below. In both cases, don’t forget to smile, in the latter even brighter, so that your smile highlights your seriousness and competence, respectively your positive and warm personality.

Choose a neutral background for your photo. You know those pictures of people, whose shirt or blouse matches the print of the wallpaper behind them and makes them visually fade into the background? You’ll want to avoid that at all costs. Think about your mother’s advice and straighten your back. It won’t necessarily be visible in the photo, but your whole body language will change with a straight back and pulled back shoulders – you’ll look vital, optimistic and full of energy. And those are attributes every recruiter is looking for. The outfit that you wear should be professional above all. That obviously means no visible creases and stains. Think about whether you want the photo tob e coloured or monochrome – black and white looks very serious, colour on the other hand livelier and warmer. Choose according to the type of position you are applying for.

You still have that great photo from ten years ago? Put it in an album, not in your application! Even if it is your favourite photo of yourself, you should still always use a new one. They will know the difference, at the latest at the job interview and it won’t make you look good. “But it’s hard to take a good portrait photo!” you’ll say. True. That’s why we saved the best advice for last – let a professional do it. In a studio, a professional photographer will be able to get the best out of your portrait.

Things to pay attention to in job ads

It’s been said that career networks are gaining more and more importance in regards to finding suitable, available jobs, the loser being classic media. Or that headhunters are on the lookout and snap up good employees. There is some truth to it, as the run of newspapers declines steadily and as job seekers prefer to look online. It’s also at least partially true that some openings aren’t even advertised to the public, as employers rely on recommendations. Still, job ads remain the number one recruiting tool – you’re most likely to find your new job reading them. But do you know what makes a job ad good? After all, the company advertises itself through it. Read on to find out what the differences are and what you should definitely pay attention to.

Let’s agree on something right at the start – ads which promise you a big salary which, in turn, isn’t at all proportionate with the number of working hours are a scam and you should stay away from them. A good job ad is always realistic. Just as your application portfolio tells the employer all there is to know about you at this stage, a good job ad tells you e erything you need to know about your potential employer and the advertised job. You should expect to find information about the company, the open position, the expected qualifications, the application process and the salary. But let’s talk about each of those.

From the company description, you can take away some basic data, like the name of the company, the industry and its position within. You’ll know right away whether it’s a small family business or an international conglomerate. Next, you’ll find out about the actual job – what will be your tasks and how much responsibility are you supposed to take, but also what qualifications are expected from you. Pay a great deal of attention to the wording of the ad, because some of those key words should also be in your application. And apropos of qualifications – they can be twofold: must-qualifications and should-qualifications. The second category includes qualifications your employer would consider a bonus, but which are not indispensable. Should you meet the criteria of the must-qualifications, apply asap! The ad also tells you about your future salary, but most of the time with the addendum that your actual pay depends on direct negotiations. Companies sometimes mention other applicable bonuses, like gym memberships or public transport cards. The ad usually ends with some quick information about the duration of the application process and a contact person for future questions.
If the job ad you’re reading looks like the one described above and you also meet all the requirements therein, then don’t overthink it and send your application out quickly!