You're scrolling through job ads and suddenly you find it: your dream job. Everything fits and you would like to start immediately. You look at what kind of application documents are needed and of course a tiresome letter of motivation is also required. But do you really need that nowadays?
No! The good news is that you are free to include a letter of motivation in your application or not. Our Recruiting Manager Paula will tell you what to look out for:
Ein Motivationsschreiben macht Sinn, wenn Dein Lebenslauf noch nicht so viel hergibt. Also beispielsweise bei Berufs- oder Quereinsteigern, die noch wenig Punkte in ihrem Lebenslauf haben die auf die Stelle passen. Auch wenn der Lebenslauf nicht genau zu den Anforderungen in der Stellenbeschreibung passt, kannst Du mit Deinem Motivationsschreiben erklären warum Du trotzdem zu der Stelle passt.
Gerade dabei ist es wichtig im Motivationschreiben darauf einzugehen warum Du Dich auf die Stelle bewirbst. Sprich ob Du privat schon mal Berührungspunkte mit dem Bereich hattest und warum Dich die Stelle interessiert.
These things are particularly important to me in a letter of motivation:
Address the recruiter directly by name.
Explain right at the beginning why you would like to apply for this particular position.
Less is more! - the absolute maximum is one page
Address situations from your professional life that reflect your qualities, e.g. "I worked on a time-critical project and was able to show that I could hold a lot of strands together."
Draw a connection between the company and you. To do this, find topics from the website, social media or trade show appearances and make a personal connection to you.
Don't reproduce your CV 1 by 1, but elaborate on your interests and your motivation behind the application
When applying, keep in mind: We don't want to hire grades or references, but the person behind them!
No-go's for me are when I notice that the applicant has not dealt with the job and the company and that it is a "copy & paste" application. I usually notice this when the salutation is not my name but "Dear Recruiting Manager" or when the letter does not refer to the job at all.