Submitting an application of any kind can be a stressful process. Here at City Year, we want to make our application process as smooth as possible. Here’s a checklist of application tips to use as a guide for bringing your best self through.
CONSIDER SERVING WHERE YOU ARE MOST NEEDED
Trying to decide where to apply? Learn more about our locations across the U.S. where we have an extraordinary need for young people to serve and mentor students.
DON'T HESITATE TO CONTACT US
Use your recruiter as a resource and contact us with any questions or concerns you may have. We’re here for you!
This cannot be stressed enough. Proofread, proofread, and then proofread some more! Review each section of your application multiple times for spelling, word choice, grammar and content. When you’re done, have a trusted friend or family member read through your application again with a fresh set of eyes. Remember, the application does not spell check your answers for you.
UTILIZE YOUR SHORT ANSWERS
Your short answers paint a more in-depth and personal picture of who you are. The content will tell the admissions team if you are a good fit for our corps, so make sure to write not only about what you’ve accomplished, but also what you’ve learned along the way. When answering these questions, take it as opportunity to show us your strong writing skills and your ability to help students reach their full potential.
Remember to choose quality over quantity as each answer must be under 300 words. Plus, you will have a chance to further elaborate if you are selected for an interview. Last but not least, honesty is of the utmost importance! If you plagiarize in any way, you will automatically be rejected.
LIST ALL WORK AND VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCES
In the “Work and Volunteer Experience” section, make sure to list all volunteer and work experiences. These experiences illustrate your commitment over time. Make sure to include any leadership or tutoring positions you’ve held as well. Lastly, make sure to include any and all AmeriCorps services in which you’ve participated. Mark yes, even if you have only served one term or a part-time term.
REFERENCES MUST BE PROFESSIONAL
Although we’re sure your friends and family are amazing and that they love you, they unfortunately cannot serve as your references. Possible references can be, but are not limited to, current or previous employers, volunteer supervisors, teachers, professors, coaches, counselors and advisors. The reference section asks you to provide contact information for two references. Once you add and save a reference’s contact information to your application, your references will automatically receive an email containing a link to the reference form. Be sure to give your references a heads up before saving their information to your application so they’re aware they’ll be asked for a reference request, and can check their inbox for that email!
REFERENCES NEED SOME TIME? HIT SUBMIT WITH OR WITHOUT IT.
We will begin processing your application once you complete it and hit submit. So, if you have completed the rest of your application, but your references have not yet filled out their forms, don’t be afraid to hit submit and get the ball rolling! However, an official decision on your admittance cannot be made until we have received both reference forms. By logging into your application portal, you can view your reference form submission status to see if your reference forms have been completed or not. If any reference forms are missing, you have the ability to send your reference a friendly reminder email directly through the application portal.
CHECK YOUR EMAIL OFTEN
We will send you application updates and announcements via email throughout the application process. It is critical that you have a working email address and that you check it frequently.
While submitting your resume is not required, it is strongly encouraged. Resumes can be uploaded directly to your application.
Don’t wait – start your application today. Happy submitting!