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Document (1): CV / Resume

CV stands for Curriculum Vitae. Curriculum Vitae means life course. So in a CV are the things that you have done in your life. People usually only use important points here, such as work experience and training. A cv resume also often contains personal characteristics and information such as names, birth date and contact information. A CV is your calling card to an employer.

When do you need a resume?

- For all types of applications: targeted applications, open applications and email applications.
- With network contacts. In your CV you also describe the job you're looking for.
- For inclusion on job sites on the internet.
- When filling in application forms on the internet.
- When registering with employment and recruitment agencies.
- As a memory aid for telephone calls and network contacts.
- In preparation for the job interview.

What does a resume say?

A resume should contain the following:

- Personal data: name, address, date and place of birth, address, telephone number and email address.
- Training, diplomas and certificates and courses. When you have completed modules and course components that are important for the job, name them.
- Work experience: when, which tasks, responsibilities and results.

You can of course also mention other subjects that are important for the application.

With personal characteristics you mention your qualities with examples. For training you also put the thesis, for example. With work experience you can also name customers for whom you have worked and assignments that you have completed. Under other experiences you can mention volunteer work or board work. You can also place hobbies and leisure activities. You use a heading 'publications' to place an overview of articles and other publications that you have written. When you make an open application, you put a description of the job that you're looking for.

Document (2): Cover Letter

The purpose of your resume cover letter and CV is to invite you to an interview . Your letter establishes a connection between you and the job. You substantiate your motivation (why do I want that job?) And why you're suitable for the position. Your cover letter and CV give the selector a quick answer to the question: "does this person have the right education, knowledge and experience for the position?"

Your cover letter shows your personality and your motivation

Your cover letter will play a role when you have gone through the first quick selection of CVs and have been found to be potentially suitable. In the letter you state your motivation for your application and you give an impression of your personality. You do this carefully.

How to build your cover letter?

A good way for building your cover letter is to write the letter as a sales letter. After all, you market a product (yourself!) That must satisfy the needs of a customer (the selector).

Document (3): Job Description

The job description or job profile plays a role from the recruitment of a new employee to the day the employee leaves employment. In the intervening period, the job profile is also important, for example, when assessing the performance of the employee.

What does the job description say?

The following components are included in the job description:
- Place of the officer within the organization.
- Purpose of the function.
- Responsibilities within the position.
- Authorizations.
- Tasks.
- Required knowledge, skills and abilities.

Why is it important?

A job description is the basis for the entire process of functioning and assessing your employees. It serves as a guide for both the organization and the employee.

Document (4): Employment Contract

The employment contract contains the agreements between you and your employer. You have an employment contract if you're employed by an employer and receive wages. You're then employed.

Content of employment contract

Your employer must provide you with a number of details in writing within usually 1 month of your employment. This data includes:

- the name and place of residence of you and your employer. - the place or places where you work. - your position or the type of work you do. - the date of employment. - the duration of the contract (with a temporary contract). - how many hours you work (per day or per week). - the amount of your salary and when it'll be paid. - (possibly) the length of your probationary period. - the amount of the holiday allowance. - the number of vacation days. - the duration of the cancellation period. - (possibly) your pension scheme. - (possibly) your non-competition clause. - your collective labor agreement if applicable.

Terms of employment contract

You have an employment contract if you meet the following conditions:

- You're employed by the employer. The employer can give you instructions and determine the work content.
- You receive wages for the work performed. This wage usually consists of money. Your employer may also pay wages, insofar as they are above the minimum wage, in whole or in part. For example in the form of meals or 'board and lodging'. Shares can also be included in shares and options or the profits made with them.
- You carry out the work for which you have been hired.

Document (5): Resignation Letter

A letter of resignation must contain a number of details in order to be legally valid. This is spcially important if you go to your employer with a conflict.

What must be included in a resignation letter?

For a resignation letter to be legally valid, it must contain a number of details. That validity is important because you want to dissolve a legal agreement with the letter. The required information are the following:

- The full address details of the company with which you have the employment contract.
- A sentence in which you clearly write that you terminate the employment contract and the date on which you do so.
- Your own name (with all initials) and address .
- A correct signature including place, date, and name. The date is important because it shows that you respect the cancellation period. You usually find this cancellation period in your company's collective labor agreement.

Always send your resignation letter by registered letter in the event of an (imminent) labor dispute . Save a copy of the letter and the shipping receipt.

Document (6): Thank you letter

It's not very common to send a thank you letter. Some people find it slimy themselves. But there is no doubt that a recipient will usually be pleasantly surprised when receives a letter of thanks. On what kind of occasions is it appropriate to write a thank you letter?

When do you send a thank you letter?

Of course you don't just send a thank you letter. A thank you letter is only sincere (and is only felt so) if what you thank is so special that a thank you is appropriate. If not, a thank-you letter makes an insincere or submissive impression.

Good occasions to send a thank you letter if you got a pleasant job interview. On the other hand it's not very common to send a thank you letter. Don't do it too quickly, but only if, for example, you had already more conversations, or had an exceptional conversation. Even if you have come a long way in proceedings, but you prefer an offer from another employer, it can be very polite to thank the employer for all the effort he did.

Formulate a thank you letter

When writing a thank-you note, note the following points:

- Keep it short .
- Write in person . Use an "I" message to let him know what affected you.
- Don't submit submissively .
- Avoid transparent ulterior motives (such as wanting to be invited for a follow-up interview or winning an assignment).
- Don't put questions in the letter to which the recipient should respond.
- The same rules apply to a thank-you letter as to any other business letter: it must be error-free, short and to the point and contain the correct address details.

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