When to apply?

It is not easy to find the right jobs on the various internet websites. The requirements are often more similar to the jack-of-all-trades than to the average applicant. How do you sort through that laundry list of requirements and get a good idea of what’s going on and see whether it is a position tailor-made for you.

Know yourself

It is important to know exactly who you are, what are your qualities, what you don’t and where do you want to work and where not. There is no point in applying for a position in, for example, a strongly hierarchical company, while you would like to work in a company with a flat organization. Regardless of the fact that a good recruiter sees through it, you are not going to be happy in such a company. In this case, let go of the ‘work is work’, because the chance of success and a pleasant working atmosphere is minimal. Please mention some aspects that are important for your performance and some that are not decisive but are desirable.

Open application

So have an idea of what type of organization and position you feel comfortable with and take a look at the companies in the area. It never hurts to send a well-founded open application with CV to these companies. If you delve into the company and it appeals to you, that is a great reason to join the company. The fact that you may be without paid work is of course not reason enough. Show the company why you have studied the company and why you are sending this open application. Indicate clearly what your special qualities are and what might make him curious to invite you.


But of course it is also useful to view the vacancies and delve into what appeals to you. In addition, it makes sense to leave out the requirements for a while. The list of requirements because there are enough applicants is always enormous during times of economic stagnation. But it’s the essence of the job that matters. If the company and the position appeal to you and you meet the essence of the position, it makes sense to delve further and send the company recruiter your letter and CV. Most companies are fine with email, but a few companies still want a paper version. Please comply with this neatly, provide sufficient postage and include a photo if desired. The photo is often for the file and does not often have to do with your appearance. This, unless this is relevant to the position and is indicated.

Don’t quite meet the requirements, still apply?

As mentioned, it is about the essence of the function. A manager with specific experience in the industry is not always necessary, but if this is explicitly stated, there is not much point in applying if you lack this experience. But especially if people talk about an advantage, applying is no problem. It is also important to look carefully at the position and the jack-of-all-trades one is looking for. If this is broadly stated by the potential candidate, it is fine to apply. It is important that the big picture is correct, even if you do not have all the points from the laundry list on your CV. Make it clear in your letter that people have seen you perform in a similar position and why the position appeals to you so much. The recruiter must be able to get an idea of it.

Well readable

The same recruiter must also remove your letter. This means that he or she should notice your letter in the crowd of similar letters. This can be done through a surprisingly non-standard beginning of the letter. But also because of your writing style. Good Dutch, but more visual, for example. Don’t make your covering letter too long (max. 1 A4), otherwise people will often drop out. Your CV must be well put together and the total package must look such that people are happy to sit down and read it.


Also clearly divide your CV into:

  • general data
  • training and courses (recently at the top)
  • experience (recently at the top)
  • languages you master
  • hobbies/activities

The font should be easy to read and not too tiring. Preferably no italics and not too small. If you include a photo, please make sure it is a passport photo or another photo where your face is clearly visible.