Applications for the Fall 2017 season opened at the beginning of this week, but now you're wondering how to get a leg up on the competition. Thousands of students apply for the program, but only 10-25% (rough estimate, depending on the season and hiring needs) of those are accepted. With so many people applying, how can you make your application stand out from the rest? Today I have 3 tips to help your application stand out and increase your chances of being accepted.
1. Put high interest in the high need and high volume roles.
On the application, it first asks you about your interest in high need roles, and then asks you to mark which other roles your interested in. The high need roles are the ones they REALLY NEED participants for. High volume roles aren't listed as such on the application, but some roles like merch, attractions, and character performer do hire a significant number of college program participants compared to other roles. On the other side of it, if you put high interest in all the hard to get roles like Boutique, Front Desk, bus greeter, bell services etc. it will really hurt your chances because between those four roles combined don't hire as many people as quick service by itself. If you'd LOVE to be a Fairy Godmother in Training (BBB) list that as high interest, but list some of the more common roles too, it'll really help you! Custodial was my first choice for my program, and I'm convinced that's why I was accepted!
P.S. If you don't know what roles you're interested in applying for, check out this page on my blog, or find the page titled "roles" under the topics tab. And if you're subscribed to my site don't forget that there's a worksheet to help you rank the roles in my free guide for subscribers!
2. Curate your job experience.
Whether you've worked lots of jobs or only have volunteer experience, you can use the work experience section to stand out and prove what a great participant you'll be. There are two things you should be focusing on featuring with your experience: guest service and related experience.
For every job where you work with guests or customers, even parents if you're a nanny or teacher, list guest service! It's easy to think only of the tasks you do in your job, but think: do you help guests find things? Do you answer questions from guests? Do you talk to any people? Yes? List those! Disney is a guest service oriented company and they like to hire guest service oriented people!
List experience related to the roles you want. Is character attendant one of your top roles? List the month you spent as an elf for Santa, even though it wasn't a long experience it was a related experience which will help you a lot! Listing experience related to any role will help you. It's a lot more relevant to include fast food, cashier, or lifeguard experience (even if you don't really want food service, merch, or lifeguard) than to list experience on a construction site or testing on lab rats. This is true of every job, I actually have separate childcare and food service resumes when I go to apply for jobs, most jobs want to see your related experience, not just recent experience. And don't forget to think about your volunteer experience!
3. Include lots of info.
It's rumored (and probably very likely) that they have a computer system that scans for keywords in your initial application. Give that system as much to scan from as possible! Include as much related job experience as possible, it'll let you add up to 5 jobs, include all 5 if you've had that many. Include all the languages that you know more than 100 words or can communicate ideas in (If you only know 10 words in French don't include that though). Think of ALL the responsibilities and skills related to your jobs, then go through and think of more! This also applies to putting interest in as many roles as possible, the more roles your interested, in the more options they have to consider you for, only mark them as no interest if you would decline the program if you were offered that position.
Those are my three ways to rock the DCP application, good luck with your applications and don't forget to have fun!
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