Advice & tips
What makes a good cover letter stand out?
We want to get to know you - show us who you are, and what you can do. As your potential new employer we will be looking at your cover letter to see whether you convey a real, discernible interest in working at IVU. I recommend that applicants refer to the job profile when writing their cover letter, and use specific examples to demonstrate their suitability. Writing sentences such as "I am a team-player because...", for example, should allow you to highlight your previous experience and individual skills through relevant examples.
What do you look for in a CV?
A complete CV is expected as a matter of course. If there are gaps, they don't all have to be explained in the cover letter, but the applicant should be prepared for follow-up questions about them at interview.
What further documents should applicants send?
When you are putting your application together, put yourself in our shoes and select supporting documents for a professionally interested reader. In terms of certificates we are primarily interested in educational and training certificates and evidence of employment. It makes sense to include supplementary advanced training certificates as well if they are current and clearly relevant for the position in question.
What role does a photo play in the application?
We are happy to have a photo, but it is by no means necessary. The photo presentation can be as individual as you are: in a suit or more casual, black-and-white or in colour - it's up to you! Good candidates are more important to us than good photos after all.
What interview tips do you have?
You don't need to learn the entire contents of our website by heart to prepare for the interview. It should, however, be clear in the interview that you have engaged with IVU and your future duties and responsibilities here. Explain to us why you are exactly the person we are looking for. Authenticity is extremely important to us - we want to get to know you as a person, aside from your professional qualifications. We are looking for really good candidates, and will take the time to get to know you in both interviews.