Tips for applying
Applying at MAPAL
Making the first impression last.

Applying for a spot on an apprenticeship or study programme is hugely important. Indeed, it determines whether you will get that one step closer to your dream career.

That’s why we’re going to let you know a few little tips and tricks here, which might help you when you’re putting together your application. And despite all the standard parts of your application, it will be completely unique and allow you to present yourself.

We are looking forward to getting to know you!

Tips for writing your letter of motivation
  • In the letter of motivation, you are telling us why you are applying to our company, and why you think that you are the right applicant for the position being offered. It lets you to tell us about the strengths and knowledge you have, which would be beneficial when working with us.
  • Please compose your letter yourself. There are many sources in books or online which offer forms of standard wording for letters of motivation, but these don’t let us know anything about you. Instead, express yourself more in your own words and also avoid recycling expressions from the job listing.
  • Express yourself concisely. Your cover letter should be no longer than one page and should be well-structured.
  • Take care to maintain a "good writing style". This means you should try to construct sentences in a variety of different ways. Avoid repetitions and empty, meaningless expressions.
  • There should be no spelling or grammatical mistakes. Have someone read through your letter of motivation for you. That way you can find out if there are still any mistakes and correct them.
  • Try to back up your statements with examples - this makes them more persuasive.
  • Be honest! In letters of motivation it’s understandable and quite right for you to paint yourself and your qualities in a positive light. However, you should avoid exaggerating.
Tips for CVs
  • Make your CV clear and informative.
  • Make sure your CV is complete and that you haven’t forgotten to mention something. It is also important not to omit something on purpose, as this results in gaps, which will stand out.
  • Let us know about your knowledge of foreign languages and additional skills (e.g. with computer programmes).
  • If you take part in activities outside of school, such as sports, music, voluntary work etc., be sure to list these.
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