In the last twelve months I talked to over 500 HR professionals. I also talk to hundreds of candidates each week. My colleagues and I reject most of them. Here are the top three reasons why:
3. Lack of preparation
That Germans pay high attention to the proper form is a truism. We give you all the tips for the perfect job application. So, if you send us a CV that is incomplete, sloppy or doesn’t fit EU standard: You are out.
(What kills you here is not the errors – but the disrespect of sending a badly prepared application)
2. Lack of motivation
We offer jobs for professionals who take pride in their work. We publish employer interviews – so that you can get to know our clients. Each job is challenging and pays far above the average German salary. Our clients are exited about their mission – and they want candidates who are exited too. If you want “any” job and not this job: You are out.
1. Lack of empathy
“It’s not about me. It’s about you.” If you want to get together: Do the opposite of a “split-up”. Make clear how you can contribute to the goals of the company. Be specific! How do you know the goals of the company? Right! Read our employer interviews.
PS: A recruiter (in any company) will spend about 7-12 seconds with your application. In the first two sentences of your cover letter: 1. Tell us why you want to change your job and 2. How you can contribute to the companies goals.
Have you made the same experience?
You are well educated, you have professional experience and most important: You have drive and ambition. You want to make a contribution and build a good career.
But German employers don't value your talent. You apply for job after job. You spent hours editing your CV and cover letter to fit perfectly. And then: You don't even get an answer.
There is a way forward! Chris Pyak and the rest of us at Immigrant Spirit GmbH: We want you to succeed.