Application and resume tips

During your studies, you will acquire a number of skills that will be important once you join the work force. In addition, you can also actively steer on a good CV to enter the market with. A good resume shows potential employers all the things you've done that are relevant to the job you're applying for. Whether your resume is any good depends on the job opening.

Tips for building a good resume

  • Become a member of a a consultative body, such as a programme committee, the Faculty Council, etc.
  • Take a side job
  • Take part in a challenge, where you work on an actual problem in the business community or society;
  • Do an extracurricular workshop

Get your resume checked

Would you like to discuss your resume or your application letter? Your Career Officer is available for you to help. There are two ways to do so:

  • Email your resume, application letter and the job opening you're responding to to Kristella Hak
  • Plan an interview with any of the other career officers working at the different faculties.. Always perform the career check first and bring the results (together with the resume, application letter and job opening) with you to the interview. 

Job application tips

When applying for a job, it is important to pay attention to the following:

  • Make sure you have a clear and structured resume.
  • Write an attractive application letter explaining why you would like to work for the organisation and why you think you are the right candidate.
  • Prepare your job interview.

Clearly structure your resume

Your curriculum vitae, or resume, shows potential employers who you are and what you have done in terms of education, work, and extracurricular activities. A clearly structured and well-formatted resume makes a good first impression. Always tailor your resume to the job and its requirements. Build a database for yourself containing all your experience and select relevant elements from it for each application you send out.

Structure of a good resume

How to write a powerful resume: watch the video below. 

Employability Skills

Employability Skills', or also referred to as 'transferable skills', can be defined as the skills that you require in the basic sense to be considered 'employable' across practically any sector. Along with good technical insight and professional knowledge, employers often specify a number of skills they require from an employee. The more you possess of these skills, the more employable you are, and therefore the greater your chances of obtaining a job and development opportunities. It is important to develop these core skills during your studies and to highlight them on your CV. Examples of these skills are:

  • Critical thinking / problem solving skills
  • Communication skills (written / oral / presentation)
  • Co-operation 
  • Social and intercultural skills
  • Leadership
  • Professional attitude / work ethic
  • Adaptability / Resilience
  • Digital skills 

Do you want to explore what skills you already have, what skills you can still develop and how you can express them well on your CV and in a job interview? Then have a look at our transferable skills workshop.

Write an attractive application letter

It is important that you use your letter to show why you're highly motivated to work for the organisation you're applying to and to argue the case for why you are the best candidate. Download our tips for a good application letter (pdf).

Links (in Dutch)

How to write an attractive application letter: watch the video below. 

Do well on the interview 

The job interview is an opportunity for you and your prospective employer to meet and get acquainted. The following tips will help you prepare for that interview.