Job-hunting tips from the October 17, 2011, issue of QuintZine.
Your personal statement brings your college application to life, notes Duane Bailey in a blog post. “Done right, it’s an effective form of business storytelling. It helps make you unforgettable… Through the power of storytelling, [personal statements] help you form an emotional connection with your reader,” Bailey writes.
Bailey tells a story of his friend Mike, who efficiently raised a large sum of money for school supplies for needy children and related that story on this college application. “While his application certainly spoke to Mike’s commitment to helping others,” Bailey writes, “the story he shared in his personal statement helped bring his application to life. It showed his initiative, creativity and drive for success in a way that made him unforgettable to the readers considering his application.”
It’s well known that employers check out candidates’ online presence when deciding to interview or hire a job-seeker, but did you know that college admissions officers also scrutinize social-media profiles of prospective students? According to Kaplan Test Prep’s 2011 survey of admissions officers at 359 top schools across the United States, nearly a quarter (24 percent) of respondents from the schools surveyed have gone to an applicant’s Facebook profile or other social-networking site to learn more about them, while 20 percent have Googled them. You may want to clean up your profiles if you’re actively applying to colleges.
Feeling anxiety about the college-application process? You are far from alone, and the times we live in may be making the process even more stressful than usual, reports the Huffington Post. Issues on prospective students’ minds include “the economy, crippling debt, violence on campuses, falling admissions rates, and applications that require everything from a parent’s educational background to the hours spent outside of the classroom on personal hobbies. And financial-aid packages require their own, separate, multiple pages of hoops to jump through,” the blog notes.
When Huffington Post asked its 200+ teen bloggers to write about whatever subjects they felt most passionate, the teens’ anxiety about college — “questioning whether the payoff is worth the heavy burden, both financially and emotionally” — bubbled to the surface. You can read some of their stories here.
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