Applying, how does it work?

Know what you want

You have (nearly) graduated, or are looking for an internship or sideline and want to start applying. One of the secrets of successful applications is careful preparation. Before you start applying, therefore, you must check to what extent you agree with the following statements:

  • I know who I am, what I can do and what I want in my career.
  • I have a picture of the labor market situation in the area in which I am looking for an internship or job.

If you feel that you do not agree with (either of) these statements, then please contact Student Career Services. The study-choice and career advisors will be happy to help you find answers to your questions.

From vacancy to interview

During the application process you go through a number of steps:

What points require attention? What should you do by all means, and what should you avoid? Student Career Services helps you prepare your application as well as possible, from looking for vacancies to the job interview.

Suitable vacancy

If you know what you want, you can start looking for a suitable vacancy. Student Career Services offers you an overview of various possibilities. Students at the School of Economics and Management can also obtain information and advice from the TiSEM Career Services Officer.

A few targeted applications are better than 100 in one go

Some applicants have the strategy to respond to as many job vacancy advertisements as possible. As a result, they tend to receive many rejections and become demoralized. You should decide in advance what internship, final project or entry-level job is right for you, and apply for vacancies that are in keeping with that profile. If you find it difficult to determine what is right for you, then feel free to contact the Student Career Services.

Before you start, pick up the phone and make a call!

Many people apply for a position without first requesting information from the organization. Why not make a list of questions that are not answered on the website or in the annual report, and that are relevant to you. Pick up the phone and contact the organization before you start writing.

It is an excellent opportunity for obtaining more information which will help you gear your letter and CV even better to the vacancy. In addition, this introduction may strengthen your enthusiasm or, conversely, tell you that this job does not offer what you are looking for. A pleasant telephone conversation will also increase your chance of being invited for an interview.

Mentor Program

The Mentor Program puts students in touch with alumni who found jobs in the business sector. This program gives you the chance to put questions about your degree program or future career to alumni. In this way, you can learn from their experiences in the labor market and develop your professional and networking skills.