作者介绍 Patrick H.
Imperial College London, UK
London School of Economics and Social Science, UK
Johns Hopkins University, US
Boston University, US
“Colour in” your resume
申请者可以把CL(Cover Letter)和PS(Personal Statement)作为简历的延伸讲好自己的故事，说服招生官自己能够为学院带来价值。纵观整个简历，最重要的是最近的职位和工作内容。（简历的顺序非常重要，一定要记住重要的经历放最开始的地方） 进一步，申请者应告诉招生官这些经历如何从性格和专业两方面重塑了自我。在文书写作中申请者需将这些内容与申请的项目相结合，例如以往的经历如何使自己区别于其他申请者，使自己更加有竞争力。要记住，招生官阅读一份PS的时间不会超过几分钟，因此要尽量简洁连贯地表达自己的观点。
Your cover letter or personal statement is the chance to expand upon and “colour in” the sketched profile that you have conveyed in your resume or CV. Use this opportunity to convince the school or university of the added value that you bring to them. Through your resume, the prospective school should be aware of your most recent positions,and perhaps even your main responsibilities. Go further and tell them how these have shaped you personally and professionally, and most importantly link this back to the school and the course that you are applying for; how has this experience, or the previous study you have undertaken prepared you for the course in a way that sets you apart from other candidates? Try to do this succinctly and clearly, bearing in mind that your personal statement will be read in a matter of minutes.
Tailor your profile and show that you are the ‘best fit’
Talking about your experience is good. Taking the time to research the school and the course and to explain just why this experience makes you such a good fit for them, is better. This can have the effect of displaying both your specific knowledge and motivation.You can also use this platform to show that your philosophy and outlook align well with the school, making them more likely to consider you a great fit for the program. In order to do this effectively, it is vital that you spend enough time researching both the school and your program of choice. Try to get a realsense of what it is like – research the professors, modules and alumni (even consider contacting alumni or current students online) and try to find amotivation that you can link to a personal interest.
“I am writing to you to apply for your Masters Program in…”这种开头只会浪费你宝贵的字数而没有任何实际意义，也并不能把你和别的申请者区别开来。（不要套模版不要套模版不要套模版！重要的事情说三遍哦。）相反，如果以一段经历、一个故事、一个对你来说很重要的知识技能或是你的申请动机开头，不仅可以给招生官留下好的印象，也能抓住机会说明自己和项目的契合度。
Try to lose unnecessary openings and generic information such as, “I am writing to you to apply for your Masters Program in…” This is too predictable and does not use your limited word count efficiently. Already you will have failed to set yourself apart. Instead, perhaps begin with a strong opening link between the school and program you are applying for, and an experience, anecdote, piece of knowledge which has personal significance, or a motivation you possess. This gives you an excuse to link the two at the outset whilst giving an initial impression of yourself as a good fit.
Paint a picture of yourself as a ‘rounded’ and open-minded individual
Volunteering work or extra-curricular activities can set you apart from the competition. Not only can it be a great way to get a more practical perspective to round off your profile, it can have the effect of showing a school that human values motivate you, and that you are a “people person”. If you have spent time studying or working abroad, this can be even better, as you will be able to use your work as evidence of adaptability, success outside your comfort zone,open-mindedness, or your understanding of cultural differences – all extremely important when applying for grad schools abroad.
Show your skills, both as an individual and as a team player
Make sure to demonstrate examples of yourself as a team player. It is even better if you can combine this evidence with proof of your leadership skills. For this, highlight genuine and convincing examples of when you collaborated with your peers to achieve a successful outcome, as well as when you took responsibility. Have confidence in how valuable you were and how reliant your team were upon you. Show how flexible or adaptable you were, or how you coped in a fast-paced environment.
Give the admissions officer an insight into your future career
This will not only help your application to be convincing and personal, but it will allow you to demonstrate that you have considered how the school and the program can help you to getthere, both personally and professionally. Be as specific as you feel comfortable being. This in turn will allow you to demonstrate that you have researched your target subject as well as the industry.
Incredibly importantly, you should aim to do all of the above in less than 1000 words! This means with at least a small amount of visible white space and sensible margins. It may seem a tricky task, but great blocks of text stretching over three pages will be an instant turn off for any recruiter and you will be behind before you’ve even had a chance to impress them.
Do it yourself, get Invisor to do it, get your mum to do it, but don’t skip it! It’s predictable advice, but there’s little worse than spending hours on an application, and realising later that it did not quite convey what you wanted and that it contained mistakes.Many schools receive hundreds of applications, and they may be actively looking for reasons to exclude you – don’t give them one on the first line!