So, I've been unemployed for 10 days now. I've written a few applications, but this task has proven to be tougher than I thought. It feels like a real challenge to write why I want the job and what I can offer in just one page. I could probably write 10 pages and that wouldn't be enough!
I'm a person and a pretty complex one. I have many sides, talents, skills, and things I struggle with. Trying to get all that down to just one page or maybe two is impossible.
I'm at the very beginning of my career. I just finished 7 years of on/off university studies! I have no clue which skills are useful to a company. Well, I might have an idea, but I'm afraid I'll either oversell or undersell myself. Sure, I've done a tiny bit of HTML and CSS, I know the very basics of Java and I took a 5 ECTS course with a written exam in R, but I wouldn't say I'm particularly good at any of it. Is it worth anything that I've done a couple of lectures and an assignment about The IJVM Instruction Set? Or that I spent 4 weeks making game concepts and have read all of Jesse Schell's The Art of Game Design (great book btw, if you're into game development)? Could I actually take a job that involves doing interviews? Is my love of LaTeX worth ANYTHING outside of academia? I have planned projects and worked with agile development, but does that mean I know how to actually do it?
How can I fit my personality into an application? I'm generally a pretty nice person to be around. I think that's important as well, but do I save that for the interview I'll never get because my application isn't good enough?