By Todd Marsh, Regional Recruitment Manager, Mid-west

How’s your City Year application coming along? Between finding references and trying to convey who you are in just a few short answers and resume, you know you want to present your best self to our selections committee. To ensure the process is as smooth and simple as possible, I’m reaching into my recruiter toolkit. I am going to share some “set you up for success” tools and resources for completing a strong City Year application.

What motivated you to apply?

The biggest factor when making a great initial impression with your application is why you want to serve. Storytelling is a great way to express your reasons for wanting to serve with City Year! Being able to connect personal experiences to what you will do as a change agent at City Year is a great way to leave a lasting impression on our Admissions team.


For more tips on how to highlight your passion and motivation for applying, I recommend reading this blog as well. Our recruitment staff is here to help, so we have lots of resources on our website that will guide you through the entire application process.  

Don’t wait for your reference form to be completed before submitting your application

The professional reference you select to support your application do not need to complete a letter of recommendation. Rather, you simply your reference’s contact information in the reference section of your application. We’ll reach out to them electronically with a reference form to complete. This should take your reference about five to ten minutes to complete.  

Where are you interested in serving?

You have preference over the location you want to serve. You will list a primary location for which you want your application to be considered. But you also have the option to list a few other cities as secondary preferences. Your application and interview will first be considered by your primary location. If, for any reason, your top choice is unavailable, we will work to consider your application at one of the alternative locations you have listed.

If you have questions at any point during the application, please reach out to the City Year Recruitment department. Email recruitment@cityyear.org and we will put you in touch with an appropriate member of our staff to support your unique interest in City Year.

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Note: This post was updated on September 12, 2018 to reflect the current application process.


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