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The Sloppy First Draft


We’ve all been there: staring at the blank page or Word document, waiting for the words to come to us. We type but the right words don’t appear. We get discouraged, check our emails, and hours later, realize we only wrote a few hundred words all afternoon.


What’s the solution? Call it ‘The Sloppy First Draft’.


Here’s what you do: get yourself set up to write. That means a comfortable chair and a cup of tea, water, or coffee. A good snack, like nuts or popcorn, helps too.


Then write. Instead of measuring your progress by how perfect each sentence is, once you start writing, don’t stop until you’ve been continuously typing for 30 minutes. And then an hour. And then 2 hours. It can be nonsense. It can be comments to yourself, random ideas, or whatever comes to mind. Don’t worry about structure or relevance at this point. Before you know it, you’ll have thousands of words.


Undoubtedly, most of them will be garbage. But it is infinitely easier to get rid of words you don’t want than it is to try to write the perfect sentence. The Sloppy First Draft produces much more writing than you need for a 1,000 word essay or personal statement. For examples, in movies, they regularly shoot 50 times more footage than they need. That’s when the editing process becomes important. A Sloppy First Draft without good editing means a Sloppy Final Product. This system only works if you do it well ahead of a deadline, which means you can put your sloppy first draft aside for a day or two, and return to it with a heavy edit. Show it to your trusted friends, parents, and mentors. But edit, edit, edit.


And that’s how you get from a blank page to a well-crafted personal statement, college essay and--take it from me--even blog post.


Describing the Details of Your Experiences in a Personal Statement


Strictly speaking, an experience is an event that you participate in or share that changes you. It's important to pay attention to the details here. An experience is:

(1) an Event

(2) Participatory

(3) Leads to Change





In short, the experience part of your Personal Statement should be a narrative that tells a compelling story. Here's an example of how NOT to describe an experience:

"In the first semester of college of my second year, I took an introductory course in Biology. The teacher, Professor Smith, was really great, and I decided to take more biology courses."



An introductory course is, by definition, an course open to everyone. It's going to be hard to tell something specific about yourself when the event is so general. Make sure that the event you are describing is interesting and unique. A better example would be: was there one particular session of the course where some question or issue was raised? Was there a time you spoke to the professor in office hours or in lab?


Second, there's nothing participatory about this There is no involvement on your part: you're just describing what happened to you instead of describing what you did "I asked for more readings from Professor Smith and he directed me to the Advanced Biology book by Carpenter, which I read with enthusiasm." That's what you did, not just what happened to you.


Finally, it's important to explain how the experience shaped you. What did you believe before that was changed? "I used to believe that Biology was only the study of microbes and organisms visible under a microscope, but Professor Smith's seminar on zoology and the animal kingdom opened up a whole new part of the field to me ." That explains how the experience was important in shaping your interests.


One word of caution: an overly narrative personal statement isn't entirely appropriate. I would suggest one, or perhaps two, experiences. The rest should be credentials and vision.




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