Your Best Tool For the College Application Process and Beyond: Your Personality

You're one of over 20 million. Research from the National Center for Education Statistics projects that an estimated 20.7 million students will be enrolling in colleges and universities in 2018.

This is intimidating, but it doesn't have to be. You have one tool that nobody else has -- your unique personality.

Your personality makes you stand out during the college application process, and it continues to benefit you throughout your professional life. Both college admissions and job searches follow a similar process: apply, follow-up, and interview.

Your personality traits and character are your best bet for making an impression at each stage of these processes. And there are no 'wrong' personality traits. You merely have to learn how to leverage them to create a human connection with admissions professionals and employers.

This is where online presence comes in. It gives admissions professionals more context about you than just your name and your application. You're showing your face, your accomplishments, and what makes you a unique candidate.

The infographic below, based on our latest research, shows how the journey through the college application process and the job search is different but equally advantageous for both introverts and extroverts:

Here are some highlights:

  • 87% of admissions professionals prefer applicants who demonstrate success in group environments.
  • 71% of admissions professionals will reject a candidate who doesn't follow all of the directions in the application process.
  • Self-awareness is the strongest predictor of successful leadership.

Check out the full infographic below to see how you can make the most out of your personality traits at every stage of each process. 

BIO: Jag Vootkur is the founder and CEO of KudosWall, a social platform designed for students to track academic achievements through an online portfolio and build a professional resume, all in one place. Follow KudosWall on Facebook, Twitter, and Linkedin.

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