With 40 to 80 hour work weeks, countless business trips, responsibilities with kids, maintaining a marriage, and staying fit, many mid-to-senior level managers are overwhelmed as is, and the mere thought of taking on extra responsibilities can seem like a burden in itself.
Throughout history humans have always paid homage to our leaders, from hieroglyphs giving reverence to ancient Egyptian pharaohs to holidays honoring US presidents. This is for good reason; without leaders we’d be lost when adapting to change, creating innovations, and effectively settling disputes. As the tides of culture and technology rapidly shift in the 21st century, leadership skills are now more sought after than ever.
We all know that first impressions are one of the most important factors in determining the tone of future relationships. When it comes to advancing your career to a new position or getting admitted to graduate school, this initial impression often comes through a resume.
In reviewing applicants for a graduate school program, a university’s office of admissions wants to feel like they know a candidate as well as possible. A resume and a list of education and work experience might tell a fairly good story, but well-done letters of recommendation can provide valuable perspective, insight and colorful details to help in deciding whether a prospective student is a good fit for the school.
Of all the application requirements writing a personal statement for graduate school is where you're able to express your intentions.
So make it count. It’s nothing to fear. Let's review important things to do and not do in writing your personal essay.