5 Tips on How to Apply for a Program

You want to join us for a program at The Shortcut? That’s fantastic. We want to make sure that your program application stands out and that you are a good fit for the program at The Shortcut. But how do you do that?

The answer is simple: ‘Treat your program application as if you would apply for a job.’, Vickie Weng, Head of Program and Community

Just as you wouldn’t go into an interview without knowing what questions to ask and what information about the company would be most helpful to know, you also shouldn’t go into an application without doing some research ahead of time. Here are five tips from The Shortcut team on how to make sure your application stands out:

1. Read through the details

Read through details

If you’re reading this, you’re probably thinking about applying for one of our programs. Before you start with your actual application, the first step is to carefully read through all of the details. 

Many of our programs are long-term commitments, so it’s important that you understand what it entails before committing. While all of our programs are for free, we also want to make sure that anyone who accepts a place is truly committed to go through the entire program. You wouldn’t want to take away a spot from someone who can actually attend the full training.

2. Tell us why you want a spot 

Tell us why want in

We know you’ve got a lot of options, and we appreciate that you chose to join our program. When you apply for a program at The Shortcut, make sure your application is engaging and personal. Tell us why you want in: You might not realize it, but we DO actually read your applications thoroughly! 

What makes the difference between a good application and a mediocre one is your motivation. Knowing what makes you tick, and why you want to attend the program, is key to being chosen. So make sure your application shows off your best qualities! Share your achievements by telling us how far you’ve come, where you want to go, and why this program is the right fit for you.

3. Save your CV correctly

Save your CV correctly

You’re all set to apply for our program. But before you hit “submit,” there are a few things you should know about how we review your application. 

Often, we receive more than a hundred applications for our programs, so it makes our screening process more efficient if you save your documents with the correct name and format. For example, save your CV as a PDF file and name it “YOURNAME_CV.” This will help our job much easier to find the document when we sort through hundreds of applications.

4. Apply on time

Apply on time

We understand that you may not have been able to apply on time for your desired program. Priority is always given to anyone who applies on time. If we have drop-outs from a program, we will sometimes offer a possibility to those who apply after the deadline. 

However, it’s only fair to let people know about these additional spots – and we also have to be sure that everyone who applied during the regular application period first gains access to any extra spots. If we have space for additional participants after all the applications have been reviewed, we’ll make an announcement on social media, so make sure to follow us on LinkedIn. 

5. Be patient

Be patient

After you’ve read through all the details and applied, you can expect to receive a confirmation email in the next two to three days. It can feel hard not to follow up with us about your application, especially if you’ve already been waiting for some time, but please try to be patient! 

Please refrain from contacting us via email or social media at this point, we will let you know as soon as we can. There is no need to worry, we have you covered. If you have questions that aren’t answered in our posts on social media or in our FAQs, feel free to reach out directly to the responsible project manager.

Author: Victoria Tran