I was just reminded about how important first impressions and professionalism are by an Inside The Admissions Committee reader. This reader pointed out that there was a typo in the word committee at the top of this blog. It was an easy fix and I’m glad it was pointed out. Now that typo had been there for maybe 2-4 weeks since the site title was changed. In that time there have been hundreds of readers and I’ve been in the site almost daily but no one pointed it out and I didn’t notice it.
How does this help you apply to graduate school?
Your application materials represent you in the admissions committee meeting and may be their first impression of you. You know the saying you never get a second chance to make a first impression? That is true in graduate school applications as well.
- A single typo on your resume or in the essays makes you look like you are not detail oriented.
- A couple of misspellings make you look unprofessional.
- Several of them make you look like a denied applicant.