Cradle6 wrote:Why do some schools (Harvard included) make you put all your employment and extracurricular activities into the app? Seems very redundant with the resume and with less space.
Is it really necessary to list how many hours per week I spent on this stuff (hard to know)? And does everything from the resume need to be on it (apparently ranked in order of importance)?
It is important to fill out as much as you can in the application form itself, as much as it is tedious and redundant of your resume, you don't know how the reader will get their information. Some people's eyes are trained to dart to the application section for how many hours you worked while in school to get a better picture of your workload (if you can't estimate, then don't, but if you went to an hour long meeting once a week, then put one hour/week).
Your resume can fill in the explanations, but the app does help in the review process. And you could look lazy if you just wrote "see resume" all over the place.
You can highlight whatever you want on the application form. it doesn't have to match exactly, but it shouldn't look completely different!