Writing an application for a job such as a post doc position isn't always straightforward, and there are many potential pitfalls. One has to try and stand out while at the same time trying to conform to expressed and hidden agendas. However, there are certain things one can do which both helps with the organization of the application and aids in making one's application look serious. One thing to keep in mind is to READ THE F*KING ANNOUNCEMENT at least well enough to notice a large section in bold-face giving a detailed list of which attachments to include and then make good and damned sure you conform to this list. Failing to provide the documents clearly and specifically listed in the announcement tells the hiring committee at least one in five things about the applicant, none of them good:
- Applicant can't provide said documentation and is thus not qualified
- Applicant doesn't bother to read the announcement carefully and thus isn't what you can hope for in a potential hire
- Applicant is not skilled enough in the language of the announcement to understand what's required - which in most cases means that applicant lacks skills in Norwegian AND English. Consequently, the applicant isn't qualified to work in an international work environment with minimal English skills being required.
- Applicant is too stupid to understand the announcement...
- Applicant is unable to control his or her ego even at this stage, and thus ignores the rules in favor of how the applicant would prefer to organize the application. DEFINITELY not one to hire.
I got roped into being on one of them committees - does it show?