Here’s some examples of the types of commentary we’ve offered to Brave Supplicants just like you in the past few weeks! (Modified to protect anonymity of course.)
We figured, since we were repeating this so often to so many, that it would be worth publishing here as a caution for everyone.
We’re reblahgging this in the Round 1 cycle of 2021 because this keeps coming up — for good reason! This is only natural, that your brain kicks into “Make them like me!” mode. And, many of us assume that those in a position of authority — especially within the competitive culture of the United States of America — will respond best to us when we try to impress them.
Here’s what we said to one very accomplished candidate about a career goal that sounds, well, inflated:
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Your essays are a pitch, and this is one fundamental element of that.
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