Dear app­li­cants for an internship (whe­ree­ver),

pls allow me to pro­vi­de the fol­lowing advice on impro­ving your applications:

When app­ly­ing for an internship or a job, pls make sure to inclu­de a let­ter which exp­lains why you want to work with Acme Inc. and why you think you are qua­li­fied for the position.

Pls for­mat* your CV & let­ter in an eye-friend­ly way, e.g.:

  • one font
  • clear struc­tu­re
  • no typos
  • save as PDF

I may be a bit too Ger­man aka the “grammar nazi” aka fol­lowing a cer­tain norm on this, but then: the­re sure is a rea­son why ppl some­ti­mes are refu­sed a position.

In other words: wha­t’s the use of employ­ing someo­ne who even has a PhD in some­thing if he/she can’t even wri­te a pro­per busi­ness let­ter or fol­low simp­le for­mat­ting guidelines?

I have real­ly come to appre­cia­te for­mat­ting norms and — while you won’t have to use progs like LaTeX & Co to ueber­for­mat your work — i’d real­ly appre­cia­te if ppl just stop this *copy & pas­te cul­tu­re* and start pre­pa­ring their work in an easy-to-read format.

I will also have to impro­ve my own style, so I do not exclu­de mys­elf from this mwa­li­mu mkuu wisdom.

(* = you won’t have to be a design stu­dent or Apple user or even coder to under­stand this simp­le gui­de­li­ne. If in doubt, pls use a template!)

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