1. Update Your Resume.
When applying for opportunities, your resume, cover letter, and application materials are your first impression. These documents will help you land an interview, so it is important to detail your experience and accomplishments clearly and concisely.
While there is no one right way to write a resume, there are guidelines you should follow to convey a positive, meaningful message. Additionally, for each position you apply for, you should write a new cover letter that is geared toward that specific job and company/organization.
To get started:
Review the Resume and Cover Letter Guide for all majors and industries. This guide outlines suggestions for formatting, organization, and content and can walk you through the process of creating either document. Included is also a list of action verbs.
Utilize the list of Core Professional Competencies to highlight the skills you have gained during your experiences
View resume samples here
2. Start a First Draft of Your Personal Statement.
It is never too early to work on your personal statement. Starting early can relieve a lot of stress when it comes down to the application cycle. Starting early allows you to have family, friends, and your advisors read it over. Expect there will be many drafts over time. Learn from the experts:
- AAMC Advisor Corner: Crafting Your Personal Statement
- Peterson’s A Brief Introduction to the AMCAS Personal Statement
- Pre-Vet? Check out the VMCAS Personal Essay Prompts
- StudentDoctor.net: Before You Write Your Personal Statement, Read This
- Finding Shadowing Opportunities
- AAMC’s 5 Ways to Gain Experience Without Shadowing
- Engaging in Clinical Shadowing Opportunities Abroad
- ADEA GoDental Tip of the Week: Shadowing
5. Take a break, have fun, be yourself.
Spend time relaxing and celebrating with family and friends. After giving your all these last few months, you deserve it!