There are two types of candidate files: the simple candidate file and the traditional candidate file.
These documents highlight your professional career and enable the recruiter to get to know you better. Your recruiter needs to get an idea of the skills and experience that you could bring to the position, as well as to the company as a whole.
Creating your file
Application files are usually requested in digital format, however certain employers still prefer you to send a paper version. In this case, it is important to compile a bound, numbered and clear file, so that the recruiter can easily look through it. If the document is very large, it could be a good idea to attach a detailed table of contents to improve readability.
If you are presenting a written document, make sure that it is of high quality. Remember to store it in a protective case, and make sure that the whole document is consistent. The order your documents are presented in must be well thought through and efficient, because it reflects your personality and your organisational skills.
If your file is sent digitally, there are several things you need to pay attention to:
Another important point to note when sending your application file is the addition of a photo. Some advertisements require a photo, while others specifically indicate not to attach one. You must strictly follow these instructions. Make sure that the photo is appropriate to the situation: avoid selfies, vacation photos, compromising postures or poor-quality images.
Your application file must be written in the same language as the job offer. To get started, find out how to communicate in the language you use. For example, the British attach great importance to the dynamism and personality of a text, sometimes even more than to the candidate's professional background. In this case, prioritise simple, punchy and energetic sentences that will give a good overview of your attitude at work.
Think about the register of your language as well as the presentation of your cover letter, which may differ according to the language or country context. Finally, don't hesitate to use a variety of translation and correction tools in order to be as precise as possible.A letter containing errors has a high risk of being disregarded directly.
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