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Published on October 21, 2008

Author: jontusmedia



Copies of my slides from a presentation at IEG Sodermalm, October 2008.

Motivational Statements IEG workshop 2008

Why are we here?

To avoid pain...


I am really good at English having studied at IEG, a top school in Sweden, and know a lot about computers.

Although I am a native speaker of Russian, I am used to studying in English from IEG and wouldn’t have any problems studying in this language at your school.

I would love to come over for an interview. OR I am available for interview, should this be

Please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss my application. OR Please get in touch if there’s something you don’t understand about my application.

key elements the opening topic about personal details employment key skills communication skills problem solving ability achievements team work education the close


My name is Jonathan Morris ... I'm about to finish my course at IEG ... I would like to tell you a bit about myself... I will soon complete...

I should like to be considered for a place at university to read Medicine. I have studied the Natural Science Programme at senior high school and would relish the opportunity to continue my education at an establishment of your calibre.

Why? I am interested in studying Business Studies as my ambition is to become an accountant. From the look of your course outline your degree programme would provide me with a solid training in Economics and International Banking. These are two areas that I am particularly interested in pursuing.

About You ... I'm a positive, easy-going person who, when not working, likes to write poetry, visit museums and go sailing with friends. I am communicative, a team-player and goal-orientated.

Show, don’t tell

Universities and employers tend to look for achievements, experience and skills that can be compared to other candidates.

quot;I was involved in the organisation of a charity fund raising event.quot; OR quot;I was responsible for the publicity for a fund raising event, which involved negotiating advertising with local companies and arranging poster displays on campus. We raised £1000 for charity and nearly 800 students attended.quot;

Team Work emphasise what YOUR role was what YOU were responsible for doing what YOU actually did how YOU affected any outcomes (and quantify it)!

three golden rules show, don’t tell show, don’t tell show, don’t tell

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