Let’s start off with knowing what a graduation scheme is? So basically what happens is that you a fresh graduate, with little or no work experience, are taken in by employers or companies under his scheme, and are trained for a period of time, upon completion of which, you either have a permanent job or a certificate of another professional course completion!
Why the need of an attractive or let us jump ahead and say a successful application? Simple because you need that job, you need to get paid! Or think of it this way, you as a student were busy with assignments, and studying, and submitting reports that you didn’t have time for other activities. But there were people, these once in blue moon kids, who have it all!
They have the score, the work experience, the references, the co-curricular certificates, and what not! You were a simple student, someone who can improve and learn. And you came out of simple college, thinking every institution is prestigious because it provides education and knowledge, but these blue moon kids are Ivy League pass outs! And thus, to compete with them you need an outstanding application.
Remember! Even if you are a fresher, or have lesser experience, or you are intimidated by the blue moon-ers, you shouldn’t give up. The professionals who will ultimately see you application for review aren’t looking for people who know everything; they themselves don’t know everything! They aren’t looking for people who don’t know anything either.
They want someone who has learnt some set of skills, has gained knowledge about the field which he or she represents and knows how to present it to the outside world. They want to select someone who knows the application of their knowledge gained, and not just someone who mugged up their way for scores.
Here are some things that will aide you, while writing these applications:
- Be honest: It is difficult to remember a lie. The truth is authentic, it is easy to answer and explain. Even if someone questions you, you can answer. You would need to prepare for a lie, but the truth comes naturally.
- Be nervous, not scared: Being nervous is a sign, that you want something, being scared shows the reviewer that in the future, you might quit on them!
- Confidence is the key: What you know, about yourself and your field, is more than what most people know. There will be people who have better CVs than you, or more experience than you. Do not forget that it is in the infancy stage, that a child learns the most. Use having lesser experience to your gains!
- Know about the company: The organization that you will be applying for, read about it. The facilities, the campus, the training, the CEOs if necessary. What job you will be applying for, your roles. Understand how will you apply your knowledge gained to this new role, and what all can you learn from it.
- Do your own SWOT analysis: Identify what empowers you; what is your kryptonite, what makes you nervous and what you can learn, in other words, know your strengths, weaknesses, threats and opportunities! But, do not just state them; attach examples to them. If you identified a strength demonstrate where did you apply it, or when did you know that you it in you?Similarly, for your weaknesses, instead of only quoting them, explain what all have you done to overcome them!
- Do not copy paste: Do your own thing! You may not have the same qualities as the other person, and in copying them you might lose your own identity. But, in your own crafted answers, there is uniqueness, something that the reviewer might find fresh!
- Include your hobbies: The reason to include your hobbies is that they have the regular people. The ones who say yes to their yes, they need people with different perspectives, creativity, they are looking for people who can represent them beyond the confinements of the office table and in the real world. If you have ever had a teaching experience, to your friends, their siblings, or volunteering, say tuition jobs, include these.This shows how you teach what you have learnt so far. How in the future, you will be able to impart your knowledge to others.
- Event it chronologically: This makes the application more organized. They need people spontaneous in action and thinking, not in execution. Having a timeline, makes it easier to include all your achievements and even pleases the eye of the reader, since he won’t have to do the task of arranging them.
Now that you know it all, go achieve it all!
All the best!