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Success in the job search with a qualification profile
Did you know that some recruiters only have a few minutes to look at an application? Let's assume 5 minutes. In this short period of time, the cover letter, CV, other attachments and references are looked through. If there is so little time available, should one create another document - the qualification profile - under this aspect? We definitely say "YES" to the qualification profile, because it can be useful for the applicant and the company. We will gladly explain why this is so.
Sense of the qualification profile
Imagine you are a personnel manager and a wide variety of applications land on your desk/in your mailbox every day. Are you able to gather, internalise and evaluate a lot of information from the CV and cover letter of various applicants several times a day - maybe even in one hour? This not only sounds difficult, it is almost impossible. Nevertheless, the decision has to be made whether the sender of the application will be invited for an interview or not...
If you find a short profile in the job application, it contains important information in the shortest possible form. Ideally, this is done in tabular form with a separate evaluation. This makes it easier for the reader to grasp information and applicants have a better chance of being noticed. Samples and templates are available for you to download free of charge.
The third page of the speculative application
The Quali-Profile is often referred to as the third page of the application. This somewhat describes the importance, but above all the location of this page. When compiling the application documents, this order is common: First comes the cover letter, then the CV and then the short profile. If you create a cover page, it is usually placed after the cover letter, but sometimes it is placed on top of the application folder.
Content and information
As already mentioned, the short profile is a valuable source of information for the recipient. This is where you record hard and soft skills, abilities and qualifications. You are welcome to present yourself at this point. It is not for nothing that the third page is also called "letter of motivation". You can present yourself: "What makes me stand out" or "My strengths/successes/projects". It is important to have an appropriate heading so that people immediately recognise what document it is about. This can be short and simple "Qualification profile" or a more personal title.
You must manage to make this page on the one hand a summary of important professional information and on the other hand an advertisement for yourself. Among other things, this means avoiding repetitions from other parts of the application. Example: If you emphasise that you are a team player in the cover letter for the application, put "team player" under soft skills in the CV and finally point out that you are a team player in the short profile, this will tend to bore rather than arouse interest.
Some competences can and should be presented briefly and succinctly in text form, others can be better conveyed in tabular form in the form of school grades. A combination of both forms is also conceivable. With the profile, any questions that may arise about your qualifications can be answered in advance and you can significantly increase your chances of being invited to the job interview.
Short Profile Application Templates
In thisExample of a qualification profilethe knowledge was divided into different areas. Then follows the description of the competences and finally the evaluation.
Particularly in the IT sector or as a software developer, one should list the existing knowledge, in addition gladly the duration of the application and the current status, as in thisSample of a short profile. In this way, the employer can see how long you have experience in the respective field and how valuable it is. The assessment, or often grading, in the form of school marks is done by the applicant him/herself.
The design and layout must be consistent with the other application documents.
- Before you apply, compile all the documents.
- View your credentials and certificates and create an overview of special highlights.
- Plan your application portfolio - it is your first work sample at the company.
- Never send off an application spontaneously, but check it yourself several times and get comments from others around you.