The thing that makes ScholarJet’s scholarship competitions stand out from the rest is that there is no resume, no essay required. Each competition is looking at you and what you can do, no writing prompts with word limits, just fun, interactive, and unique opportunities to show off your skills and talents! So after perusing our live competitions page to see what is currently available, the next step will be actually creating something and submitting it for review. Here are seven great resources for you to use to increase your chances of winning.
1. The Company’s Website
All of our competitions are created in partnership with local companies, and having a better idea of the company, it’s mission, values, and objectives will be extremely beneficial! You can use the company website to gain a better idea and understanding of some of their previous projects, as well as what sorts of skills and talents they value in their employees. This will help you when deciding how to create your submission, and making it clear to the company’s judges that you did your homework will definitely score you some bonus points!
2. Your Professors
Chances are, your professors have created some cool things and participated in various competitions or applications at some point in their career. Ask them to take a look at what you’ve created before submitting and use their feedback to perfect your work.
3. ScholarJet’s Past Submissions/ Past Competitions Pages
We have all of our previous competitions, and the submissions to them, available to view on our website. This can give you an idea of what companies are looking for when judging, and maybe someone else’s submission will spark your creativity!
4. YouTube Videos
YouTube has everything nowadays. If you really want to try your hand at coding but don’t have a lot of experience with it, there’s a YouTube video for that. Want to know how to create a sales pitch video? YouTube. Especially for the competitions that will have you facing the camera, getting some tips and tricks from YouTubers is a great resource and will help you with your delivery, confidence, and communication.
5. Talent / Human Resources Articles
Take a look at some articles written by talent acquisition and human resources professionals, which can also help you figure out what sorts of skills (besides the required ones) that you should be highlighting the most in your submission. It can also give you an idea of company culture, which can also help you stand out to the judges.
6. A Good Video Editing App for Your Phone
Apps such as Splice and Adobe Premiere Clip are great free options, while InShot is just $2.99. Since most of our competitions revolve around video production, having a good app to help you create and edit a solid video will make all the difference versus just recording in the camera app. You can do a quick Google search to find more tips and tricks for creating a great video on your phone, as well as lists that will help you decide which app is best for you. For example, this link here.
7. Your Individuality
It sounds cheesy, but at the end of the day the thing that the judges want to see most is what makes you, you, and what unique traits and skills you have to offer. You can watch all the YouTube videos and read all the articles in the world, but nobody will ever be you. Let your individuality shine through by finding ways to incorporate your other talents, and most of all, your personality, into your submission. Our competitions allow judges the chance to put a face with the name, instead of being another applicant on a piece of paper, take advantage of that opportunity and show us just how awesome you are!