Tag: letter of intent

The 8 Steps of Writing an Application Letter

I’ve written a lot about the ideas you should express in letters of application, and even some specific suggestions on what to include.  We’ve talked about what not to do and what goals you should have, but one of my editors suggested I write an actual nuts-and-bolts how-to style post about writing an application letter,

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Mastering the Internship Application Timeline

The process to make your application most competitive for an internship starts long before your senior year. Each step along the way is important, and poor decisions can make it progressively harder to be an excellent candidate. Here is a timeline to help you be the best internship applicant you can be. First Year –

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Please Use Commas

I was reading some residency application letters and my head was almost exploding. Everyone has their “thing,” and maybe I have more than most, but I am passionate about appropriate comma placement. I wouldn’t sink an application for poor comma use, but it just grates on me, and why would you want to irritate the

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Creating Compelling Residency Application Letters

Competition for residencies is fierce. So many variables are out of your control- do they have a candidate in mind already? Do they know your mentors and references? Do they have some crazy GPA/Class Rank cutoff? Fortunately, one of the things in your control is your letter of intent. You need to make it excellent.

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How to be Well Spoken in an Application Letter

How can you demonstrate you are an effective communicator in a single page in a letter of intent?  We’ve covered mistakes to avoid as well as a general structure for application letters. Now we need to progress on to the kinds of detailed feedback I often give letter writers. Make an outline.  You may not

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Writing a Good Internship Letter

This is a specialized version of a post I have about general application letter writing advice, aimed at intern applicants. It may be impossible to describe a letter written by a highly-ranked internship applicant, but we will apply Justice Stewart’s test– I know it when I see it. Given the wide variability in internship evaluators,

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Make Your Faculty Application Letter Great

You’ve been through vet school, you’ve done post-graduate work (either a Ph.D. or an internship/residency), and now you are applying for a faculty job.  First, congratulations, this is one of the best, most rewarding jobs I can possibly imagine. Second, realize that this situation is entirely different from any you have encountered before. For vet

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The All-Star Vet School VMCAS Essays

Applying to vet school is exciting and intimidating.  For many, it’s the culmination of years of focus and enthusiasm.  It’s a high-stakes application, with an applicant:seat ratio of between 1.6 and 2, indicating that there are at least 1.6 applicants per available position in veterinary schools.  Your strategy to apply to vet school may be

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Mistakes to Avoid in Your Application Letter

There’s no “right” way to write a letter of intent.  Applicant evaluators are so widely varied, you can’t possibly write the ideal letter unless you happen to A) know the evaluators and B) apply to only one institution.  Fortunately, there are some “wrong” ways to write a letter of intent. Let’s try to avoid them.

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