The Editor's cCorner: Posts by David Lombardino

Choosing Your Attitude: The Benefit of Arrogance in a Personal Statement

  You can have all the right content, but if your personal statement does not convey the right attitude, it will all be for naught.  No matter what you describe, the tone you select, whether positive or negative, humble or … Continue reading

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Crafting a Compelling Personal Statement, and Why How You Start Matters

  No one wants to write a terrible personal statement.  No one wants to know that his was the one that made the program director roll his eyes, or that hers was the one to cause her residency application to … Continue reading

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Personal Statement Red Flags: Turning Blemishes Into Bright Spots

  There are no personality traits more attractive in a candidate than self-awareness, confidence and humility.  And nothing makes these traits more attractive than the barriers the candidate had to overcome to obtain them.   Red flags come in many … Continue reading

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Is Your Personal Statement Service a Scam?

This morning I had one of the most enjoyable phone calls I have ever had from a potential client.  His question:  How do I know your services are not a scam?   My caller went on to explain that he … Continue reading

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The Noble Art of Using Magical Words in a Personal Statement

  I will never forget the call I received two years ago from an international medical graduate from Hungary asking for me please to give him the “magical words” for his personal statement.  It was August, 2013, and he was … Continue reading

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The Myth of the One-Page Personal Statement

  We hear it all the time from candidates applying for medical residency: my personal statement has to be one page. One of my attendings told me so. A program director told me so. It is the recommendation of the … Continue reading

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How to Write a Letter of Recommendation

From job applications to applications for graduate school and medical residency, letters of recommendation are critical to the success of the candidate.  Their purpose is simple: to show a personal view of the candidate from a trusted, relatively objective, third … Continue reading

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Does Your Brand Need a Style Guide?

  Any successful company or organization will tell you that the key to their success is their brand.  They will also tell you that their brand is much more than their logo.  It is anything that represents who they are … Continue reading

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Why Wild Fonts Will Not Get the U.S. Attorney General’s Attention

I will never forget the phone call I received one Friday two years ago.  It was early in the afternoon, and just by the caller’s tone I could tell he was in a hurry.  He immediately told me the reason:  … Continue reading

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Being Honest, and Why It’s Better Just to Tell the Truth

We have all heard someone say “to be honest” or “if I’m honest” when speaking, and perhaps we have also thought about the mixed messages such a phrase can send.  When you use a phrase like “to be honest,” it … Continue reading

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