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Liz's top 5 tips for applicants

Posted on May 11, 2015

Here at Clore Social we’re eagerly awaiting our 2016 applications. We were hugely encouraged by the number and quality of people coming to our information events in April and early May, and hope this will translate into great applications for the Fellowships.

We want you all to give it your best shot, so to help you on your way I’ve compiled a list of my five top tips for applicants:

  1. Don’t rush it. Applicants often tell us that the process of writing the application gives them an all-too-rare opportunity for reflection about their strengths, values and ambitions. They say this is time well spent, whatever the outcome of their application. So take your time, review and consider drafting your answers in a separate document until you are ready to submit your final version.
  1. Section six is key. This part of the form gives you your chance to tell us who you really are, demonstrate your leadership potential, and let us know how you are going to change the world for the better. We want our Fellows to have a positive impact on the lives of others and Section six helps us to understand how you are already doing that and how you plan to do more of it in the future.
  1. Be honest about what you’re not. We’re not looking for perfectly formed leaders – we believe that good leadership starts with being self-aware and true to yourself. We want to know what you see as your areas for development and how the Fellowship can add value to you, and to the work that you lead.
  1. Timing matters. Can you convince us that right now is the right time for you to make the most of this opportunity? Question 6.8 gives you the chance to do this. The Fellowship is a big commitment and if there is a lot going on in your life right now, you may be able to reap the benefits more fully by waiting a year or two.
  1. Get a great nomination. A well-written and informative nomination by someone who knows you well adds a lot to the assessment process. If you are employed, your nominator must be your line manager or someone senior in your organisation, as without your employer’s full and informed backing you won’t be able to undertake the Fellowship. Make sure your nominator is fully briefed and has plenty of time to complete their form in support of your application.

Good luck! And if you have any questions then get in touch – we’re here to help.

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