HOW TO WRITE A SUCCESSFUL APPLICATION

STEP 1:

UNDERSTAND THE ORGANIZATIONS' VISION AND MISSION

Regardless of whether you are applying to become a volunteer, serve on a committee, or interning for a position, you have to read the organizations' vision and mission. Do they believe in the same values as you?

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STEP 2:

ANSWERING THE QUESTION

When applying for a position, you will be asked to talk about your strengths and alignment to the opportunity. The best way to approach this is to talk about what you bring to the table. 

 

There are two main ways to answer this question:

What are your strengths?

  1. Story Type - Tell a story and connect your strengths into your story. Ex) How have you developed your strength in the hardest times?

  2. Fact Type - List your experiences and then briefly explain them in context with the opportunity requirements

This is not a clear cut rule, and there could be many more combinations. 

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STEP 3:

WHAT CAN I BRING TO THE TEAM?

This is a common interview and application question. Are there any specialized skills or knowledge you have that makes you stand out?

If not, that is completely okay! For many volunteering positions, your excitement and passion are enough to convince organizations. Show your character and your enthusiasm for the organization.

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STEP 4:

REFERENCE

For certain opportunities, they may ask for a reference letter from someone who knows you well.

  1. Remember that it is much more important for you to write down someone who knows you well instead of someone who holds an important title. They are looking to see your character and who you are. 

  2. Remember to ask your reference if they are okay with representing you.

  3. Pro tip: Give them your resume or provide them with information about the opportunity.

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