If you are one amazing twenti who seeks out opportunities to learn or seek support for something you do , at some point you have to prove your worthiness of what you are applying or contesting for.
Now, this post does not teach you how to win the lottery but how to increase your chances of getting chosen to attend an event, training or getting your idea to be funded and other opportunities we apply for.
1. Take time
Most of these opportunities meet us sometimes even months before .Taking time to go through the details of the opportunity and doing some background research gives you the bigger picture and helps you align yourself with the particular opportunity. Get to know what the organisation is all about and why they do what they do and hope to achieve from this particular thing they are providing.Make some notes as you do this so that you may not forget as you are applying.
2. Start early
I know this is controversial to the first tip , but most things I applied for last-minute I didn’t get . Starting early gives you time to review what you have written, make some additions and improvements. So if it is a letter of interest, a proposal or a paper you need to submit , start early and make as much improvements to it as possible . You can also have someone review your work before. Another eye may see what you would never notice.
3. Adhere to the rules .
Deadlines, things to attach , number of team members, format with which your application should be sent in, grammar , punctuation etc. Sometimes when a competition gets many entries , applications that didn’t meet requirements are trashed first to make the selection process easy. You do not want to be trashed especially when your application is Bomb .
However sometimes, you may break some rules and cross your fingers. You may apply for something you do not qualify for but is passionate about and are willing to learn, you may not send an attachment because of reasons out of your will. You may not be able to pay for an event but be passionate about it and negotiate instead.
In such cases , Luck may or may not be on your side.
It is also important to keep your eyes open and know what is going on around you , your field of work as well as what everyone is excited or concerned about. Social media is a great place to do this.
What are other things that will most likely increase your chances of winning?
On featured image is Sue Mueni , Founder of SUED Watches in Kenya which was founded after winning the BYOB Challenge .