Ordinarily, an application for a work placement, a sandwich course contract or a job consists of two complementary items: Covering letter and CV.
Here are a few ideas to help you write them :
The covering letter : being spontaneous does not mean improvising
The covering letter provides the essential information about your motives for applying: it conveys the dynamics of your ambitions.
Without it, a CV is a static tool devoid of any coherent message.
Applying to a company requires prior thought and preparation. Both the covering letter and the CV must, in this respect, be personalized by promoting the advantages you have to make you credible in the eyes of the company.
Do not mix up :
- the What (application for a job, a placement, etc.)
- the Why, i.e. your reasons for applying to the company or organisation and for the vacancy on offer or job you would like.
Remember : the golden rule to get your message across:
- you : what I know about the company (particularly its culture) that motivates me
- me : my ambitions
- we : how my skills tally with your needs, followed by the proposal of an interview
Our last words of advice: do not repeat what you have already put in your CV and seek an independent opinion!
Question : Should the letter be handwritten or typed?
Answer : There is no one answer. Until recently, a handwritten letter was standard practice for many companies. With developments in technology, a typed letter is now accepted as part of an application.
The CV : be precise and concise
Your CV is the “image” of your skills, your personality and your goals, and is part of any application you make.
By emphasizing the assets we are interested in, a CV must show that your career aims are in line with the opportunities we can offer.
First of all, identify the main elements (knowledge and skills) required for a joint professional project.
It will then be easier to choose the relevant and “useful” information you need to give:
- the academic, professional and personal experience you have and should develop
- the concrete data (sometimes with figures), goals, missions, gains and results that justify the skills acquired
The form :
Go straight to the point : use short sentences, plain language (list facts and events avoiding a narrative style), and make good use of word processing tools (bold, underlined, rule, frames).
Remember : the recruitment officer is your first reader!
You are free to submit your application on our web site anonymously. Dassault Aviation has already introduced the anonymous application system without waiting for the implementing decrees of the 2006-396 Act of 31 March 2006 for equal opportunities.