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Do you dazzle? Do you jump off the page?

I watched the movie 21 a while back, and there are a couple of lines that have stuck with me. I won’t go into detail about the entire storyline, but at this point a young man was sat in front of a judge for a prestigious scholarship, when he is told the following…

“Unfortunately – Desire doesn’t figure into this much. The ‘Robinson’ is going to go to someone who dazzles. Someone who just jumps off the page.

It’s all about the essay – you need to explain to us, what makes you special, what life experience separates you from all the rest… What can you tell me Ben, that’s going to dazzle me?”

The reason that this stuck in my head is that I know many people who do a myriad of extra-curricular activities in order to be ‘impressive’ to admissions tutors and potential employers, but does it work? When you are applying for the top jobs, everyone has equally impressive resumes, there has to be something that makes you stand out.

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I therefore want to ask my readers the following question

“How do you dazzle?”

If you were faced with this question at interview, how would you respond?
What is there about you that truly makes you a brilliant student or employee?
What is there that makes you, you?
What is there beyond your list of extra-curricular activities, your major, which makes you the person I would want to hire if I were interviewing you?

Please post your thoughts in the comments section. If I get some good answers, I might follow up with another post on the topic soon, so keep checking back.

[20/03/2009] The follow up post has now gone live and is called “Jump Off the Page!”. Click on the link and it will take you straight there.

 

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5 Responses to “Do you dazzle? Do you jump off the page?”

  1. What an interesting idea. I’m going to have to think about this one, and I’m definitely going to have to write about it. Great post!

  2. One “dazzler” is extracurricular activities like website building. Be sure to include stats on visits, subscribers, etc…if you have a lot of them.

    Thanks,
    Nate

  3. The Concept is worth giving some food for thought for sure.

  4. Jump Off the Page…

    It may be rare for a student productivity blogger to draw inspiration from a film about card counting, but I have managed to do just that. I saw the film 21 a while back and absolutely loved it. If you want a little more background information on …

  5. used tires says:

    I know just what you are talking about the dazzle, other wise known as the “hook”. If you have ever logged onto college confidential college discussion, where thousands of over zealous high school kids attempt to one-up the competition by gaining as much information as possible, you know that nowadays you need a “hook” to separate you from the rest. In a sea of familiar faces you have to stand out!

    Till then,

    Jean

  6. I love this movie….moreso because its based on a true story. I think this extra-curricular stuff is a bunch of garbage. There is no point in doing it forcefully to Wow colleges. If you get no benefit from it aside from polishing your application, there is really no point.