This article serves as a supplementary material to our main Helper application article (click me). If you have read that article and wish to receive more information, you are in the right place!
Below we have provided direct advice on how to write a detailed application, without becoming too detailed. If you take the advice below and still get denied, please read your denial message carefully and take some time to reflect on where you can continue to perfect your application for next time around.
Tip #1: Read articles about the staff team and ensure you understand all of them
Many times we get applicants who aren't fully informed on how the staff team works, or how the application process is handled. Our main Helper application article (click me), Helper application FAQ (click me), and explanation on staff roles (click me) are incredibly important, and you should read those posts completely before applying.
Tip #2: Spend more than a few hours on your application
A rushed application is almost never a good application. The first things we learn about you completely come from what you write, so spend a few days to a week creating your application. We recommend starting your application in a separate document, and then pasting your answers into the question boxes when you are ready to apply.
Tip #3: Work on adding great detail and examples when talking about experience
When talking about previous staff experiences or leadership opportunities, don't be afraid to go in-depth. Remember, we were not there to go through that experience with you. We don't know what tasks you did or what you learned from the experience, so explain your experience to us the same way a teacher or professor would explain new class material. We want to learn as much about it as possible, so giving a short statement such as, "I had this role and this is what I did", is not enough for us to learn about you.
Tip #4: Relate your statements to the Helper role
Your application is meant to tell us why you would make a great Helper. If you are able to explain why your statements will make you a better Helper, you should definitely do so - this shows us that you understand the role itself and what it does. That being said, if you're telling us something and realize it has little to nothing to do with becoming a Helper, it may be best to work on a different area of your application that needs more detail.
Tip #5: Make your application a unique reflection of you
Reading thousands of applications means we see many applications that look incredibly similar. Look at areas of your application where you can show more of your personality or unique experiences. Making your application stand out from the crowd is a great way to get our attention. The final question of the application is also a great place to be creative!
Tip #6: BE! HONEST!
It's way more obvious than you may think for us to tell when someone is being dishonest. Submitting an application with aspects that aren't true is one of the fastest ways to get yourself denied, so always come at every application from a 100% honest angle.
Tip #7: Take the opportunity to grow and learn
Getting denied is never a great feeling, but getting denied is necessary to grow as a person. Remember that our application feedback is coming from a background of thousands of applications being processed, and they are giving you extremely helpful information on how to improve. If you can come back from an application denial and show us that you have gone above and beyond our feedback, that's another excellent way to get our attention.