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We want you to arrive well. With these application tips it works in any case.

You have graduated from school or are close to it? Congratulations - the first step on the career ladder is already done. But before it goes into full-time working life and you finally earn your own money, unfortunately still missing the most important thing: the training contract. Of course you have to apply to sign it.

But do not worry, it's not that difficult! Because with romance we leave you as a future trainee not alone and help you with the perfect application. Many companies, including hotels and restaurants, are more relaxed today than they were years ago. Rather than the perfect form in the application is the human being in the center.

In spite of this, however, a clean application folder, whether digital or on paper, is your business card. This is about the first impression for which you often get no second chance. In addition, the hotel and catering industry offers professions that often have to work to the exact gram to make the perfect taste, for example. With a solid application, it's easy to score points here.

When should I apply for an apprenticeship in the hotel or restaurant?

Most training starts in early August or September. To occupy the vacant spaces on time, many hoteliers are looking for their future trainees but a year earlier. So it is not enough if you go to the search for a suitable place just before the end of school time. Because then most deadlines are already over and the training of your choice has already been taken. Instead, if you begin to look after a trainee position in the penultimate year, you can let all deadlines come to you quite relaxed.

The right cover letter for my training in the hotel or restaurant?

Even if some companies today do without a formal cover letter, for most people it still sounds good. The letter is your business card, which is crucial for the first impression.

When creating your application letter, however, there are some things to keep in mind: Your contact details, and those of the company, belong to the so-called letterhead. There you can also find the current date. The subject follows below with two to three lines of space. In it you briefly and briefly describe the reason for your letter, such as "Application for an apprenticeship as X for Date Y". After the subject starts then the actual text. You initiate this with the formal salutation "Dear Mr. / Mrs.".

In order to be able to write to the appropriate contact person by name, you have to do some research before of course. Often, however, the name is already in the job posting.

So that the cover letter does not become chaotic, you orient yourself at the following points:

  Who are you and what are you doing?
  Why are you interested in this training?
  And why are you suitable for it?
  Why this company?

After the main text follows the farewell formula "Sincerely," and your signature. For applications by e-mail, you scan them beforehand and add them to the document. In the end, your cover letter should not be longer than a DIN A4 page.

What is in your CV?

The CV provides the company with an overview of your past life. So the contact person takes a picture of you and looks if it fits with the training. But there are a few points to keep in mind when creating the CV. It should include: contact details, school career, work experience such as internships, language skills, hobbies and other skills. In the contact details, you not only give your name and postal address, the phone number and your e-mail address are very useful. The school career is usually listed from the primary school. If you do not have your degree yet in your pocket, just write when and with what result you expect it.

You design your resume like a table. So you subdivided the individual sections and care for more overview. The whole thing should not be longer than one page. Do you have gaps in the CV, this is not automatically a problem! Be honest about why it came to the break. Because at the latest in the interview is certainly in demand. 

Which systems are part of your CV?

With the systems you show your future employer that you really bring the necessary qualifications. In addition, they are the confirmation of your details in the CV. When choosing the systems, you should make sure that they really make sense. So you better leave your winning certificate from the last football tournament. Instead, you focus on the current school reports, letters of recommendation and certificates of courses, language courses or further education.

A health certificate and a certificate of good conduct are also required in some places. If it is requested in the announcement, you must also have the copies of your certificates certified.

Building your application?

Applications are always structured the same way. They consist of your cover letter, the curriculum vitae and the last certificates. The other systems will come to the end. For a better overall impression but also offers its own cover page with table of contents. A so-called " third page" also provides a quick overview of your skills and complements the cover letter. There you describe once again at a glance why you are perfect for the job.

Which forms of application are there?

A few years ago, the applications by mail were the standard, it looks different today. Which form is the right one for your application depends on the company and the job advertised. The application by e-mail is now the most common variant. But the application by mail is still in demand. In addition, large companies often provide their own website, where you can upload your documents directly.

What awaits me in the job interview?

You were invited to the job interview? Congratulations! A big step on the way to apprenticeship is already done. Now you have to show that you really are the best candidate. But do not worry, even a job interview is "just" a conversation. And since you yourself are the topic, you already know a lot about it. You can already prepare yourself for some of the questions:

  Why did you choose this profession?
  And why for this company?
  What are your experiences?
  What are your strengths and weaknesses?

When answering the questions, there are no wrong answers. Above all, it is important that you are honest and show that you have prepared well and are motivated. In addition, you should consider your own questions before the interview. So you make it clear that you are really interested. Possible questions for other trainees, shortening the training or takeover opportunities.

Which application tests are there?

Application or aptitude tests are mainly used in larger companies. The type of test you expect depends on your job and your educational background. For example, a classic aptitude test will determine if you are fit for health at all. But also the character ability is sometimes tested. This is how your future employer gets to know you better. An employment test, on the other hand, checks applicants for very specific qualifications. As a rule, these applicants have already passed an aptitude test and now have to present their professional qualifications.

Who will pay the application costs?

Applications quickly go into the money. Especially when written applications are required. In addition to the paper and printing costs, the costs for a photo, the application folder and the postage are added. Of course, the application is cheaper by e-mail or on the website of the company. But luckily you do not have to carry all expenses alone. For example, costs for the interview, for example, for the journey or a hotel stay, these are in most cases taken over by the company. But before that, you should inform yourself and clarify the takeover.

How do I deal with a cancellation?

Your application was a perfect match and the testimonials are almost all ones? Then it can still be that you get a rejection. The most important thing is that you do not take it personally! Maybe another candidate simply fit better into the profile. Nevertheless, you should check your documents once again, if not spelling mistakes or content problems can still be found. In any case, you also return after a rejection and thank you for the opportunity. At the same time, you ask what it was for and what you can do even better next time.