For all you now identified as candidate

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  1. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Just an FYI...

    Today the ALO's across the globe were given their "lists" of candidates that they will have to interview.

    This is the FIRST list...it will change, more names will be added; a LOT more...this is just the group that was early identified...most from the Summer Seminar groups. The VAST MAJORITY of candidates will be identified in the next 3 months or so.

    Advice to any/all of you: once you are notified you are a candidate, if you haven't already contacted your ALO, it's time to do it! And then start putting together your "I love me" paper. This is a "sorta resume" and "sorta brag sheet." EVERYTHING you've done since the first day of 9th grade...put it down.

    It will come in handy, trust me!

    Let the "FUN" begin!! :thumb:

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
    (6 candidates today, how many to come?)
     
  2. Christcorp

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    Excellent advice Steve. And also remember, more and more people are applying than in the past. The academy wants motivated applicants. They want their ALO's to spend time interviewing and filling out the paperwork for applicants who are finishing up their applications. This also means an initial understanding by the candidates of the Air Force's Drug/Alcohol policy. You can't even fill out the form online if you haven't been briefed by your ALO. Bottom line: You're going to have to be much more proactive with your application. There's enough applicants that the ALO's aren't going to chase you down.
     
  3. fly boy

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    Is the brag sheet for the application, the ALO, or what?
     
  4. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    The "Brag Sheet" will be a complete listing of EVERYTHING, for example:

    1. Sports, ALL, and if you held any captaincy, etc.
    2. Clubs IN/OUT of school, leadership roles, volunteer roles, (Scouting, CAP, JrROTC, NHS, as examples, there are dozens) etc.
    3. Community Service
    4. Jobs, paid or volunteer (sorta falls into the community service area but might not, depends upon the job)
    5. Transcript information: grades, GPA, type classes you've taking/are taking
    6. ANYTHING else you think might be something that should be seen/heard by an ALO, MOC, etc?

    You'll need all this information for the SA, for your MOC's paperwork, and for your ALO, so it's a good idea to start putting it together now as you'll go back to it often. And ALWAYS update it when you receive/do something new/better/important!!

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  5. fly boy

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    You said we need it for the ALO, do we give him a physical copy of the sheet?
     
  6. Christcorp

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    It's not like a "Brag sheet" is some official record. Applying to the academy is your "Job Interview" of a lifetime. This is NOT the time to be shy. This is NOT the time to forget about some of your accomplishments. This is not the time to be "Humble".

    There is a line between Proud and Arrogant. I've interviewed a few people in my life. The hardest thing is when you can see on paper that the applicant is "Probably" a very good candidate, but you have PRY answers and a list of accomplishments from them. They don't have to actually hand the ALO a sheet of paper, although I recommend it.

    Here is the advise that I have given applicants that I have worked with over the years.

    1. Treat the application like a job interview
    2. Dress for all interviews the way you would a job interview, unless directed otherwise by your ALO or MOC.
    3. Have a REAL RESUME typed up. Provide this to your interviewer during the interview.
    4. If you don't know how to write a resume, LEARN!!!
    5. Start with a LIST of everything you have learned or done in life. Include travels out of state/country. Official and unofficial education. Unofficial can include skills learned working, hands on training, self taught, etc...
    6. Include every social interaction you've ever had. Sports, volunteering, clubs, etc...
    7. Take all this information; combine it; condense it; formulate it; and turn it into a resume.

    Obviously, this type of resume is different because it's not really a job you're applying for, and you don't have a lot of experience in 17-18 years. But you'd be surprised that you have a lot more than you think. If you are professional, look professional, interview professionally, provide a written resume, are confident but not arrogant about your accomplishments and accolades..... And most of all, have the undertone in your resume and in your interviews, of WHY you want the academy. WHY you believe the academy NEEDS YOU; and WHY YOU need the academy. And how both you and the air force will become the better for you becoming a cadet. Then you will do fine. Best of luck... mike....\
     
  7. flieger83

    flieger83 Super Moderator Moderator

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    Completely concur with CC! :thumb:

    And yes, ALO's love printed copies...helps our fading memories! :scratch:

    Steve
    USAFA ALO
    USAFA '83
     
  8. Christcorp

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    Huh????

    What ya say????
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