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Tips for Writing a Great Application

The Children’s Corps program is seeking applicants who are passionate about working with children and families, willing to work hard and embrace the challenges of working on the frontlines of child welfare. The application is a key component of our decision-making process because the thoughtfulness and attention to detail we see in your application is an early indication of your diligence and dedication to the work and success in the field.

Don’t Be Intimidated by the Essays

We understand that the application is lengthy and can take some time to complete. Don’t let this be a barrier to you applying. The essays really give us a chance to get to know you and your thought process. If you are unsure of the strength of your responses, reach out to a friend or family member.

Be Yourself

The best way to set yourself apart from other applications is to be yourself: let us get to know you and your experiences that have shaped who you are, your values and passions. We don’t want to hear what you think we want to hear….we want to know you! Using complicated or fancy language isn’t necessarily better. Simple can be good.

Do Your Research

We don’t expect candidates to have an in-depth knowledge of child welfare upon application to the program. However, we do encourage you to read as much as you can about our program and what the work entails by reading through our website, the Children’s Corps blog and watching the Realistic Job Preview. This will also set you up for success when you move onto the interview portion of the application process.

Use your Transferable Skills

Are you a math wiz? Have you worked in customer service for many years? Do you have experience mentoring youth or tutoring? Have you served as the head of a club or committee? Have you taken on a leadership role in your family? If so, brag about yourself! We want to know more about how these skills and experiences will translate to you becoming an effective child welfare worker.

Don’t Forget to Spell Check

Strong communication skills are essential to child welfare work. We want to see the attentiveness and care you would put into your work reflected in your application. Be careful in reviewing your essays for spelling and grammatical errors and thoroughly review your application before you submit. It’s helpful to ask someone else to check your work.