How To Write An Essay For An Application: Effective Tutorial
Writing a personal essay for an application can be difficult. There are a lot of questions hanging around and not an awful lot of answers. Follow these tips and you’ll have it written in no time.
Follow The Guidelines
A lot of clients will have a quick summary of what they’re looking for. Take note. If they ask for no more than two pages and you provide four pages, you’ll be out the door. If they ask for a brief history of your education and you ramble on about your childhood elementary school, you won’t make the cut. Stick to what they ask, and if they don’t ask for it, don’t put provide it.
Don’t forget: you’re not a robot. Highlight things that you have done or provide the reasoning behind your experiences, and why these have shaped you for the role. Use the first person. “ did this, I did that...” Make it so that the person reading your application could realistically picture you in front of them having a chat.
It’s An Essay
Make sure this isn’t a CV. It’s not a bullet point list of what you’ve been up to lately. It should have a beginning, a middle and an end. It should be concise and to the point, but you should also take the time to explain who you are and what you do.
It’s Not An Autobiography
Take note: this is an essay, and you will want to showcase yourself. However, not every facet of your life is important. That summer holiday at the beach when you were five and that English Lit teacher that you had 13 are not important unless you are making a larger metaphor, or it ties in somehow with relevancy. D not add in rambling nonsense.
Be Different, Just Not Too Different
It’s ok to experiment a small bit with your essay. You don’t want to end up another number on the list. Sometimes being different can make you stand out. But you don’t want to go too far. Do not use a fancy font, colorful text, or baby photos. Keep it simple. Let the difference shine through in your writing. Be funny. Be interesting. Be smart. Be the right one for the job. Let the reader see you when he or she reads; don’t distract them with rubbish.