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  1. Staff Application Guide and Template Introduction Hey there, for anyone who doesn't know me my name is c0nniie and I'm going to attempt to walk you through the application process and fill you in on what we are looking for and how to catch our attention with your application. ** For those just looking for the application template you can find it at the bottom of the thread... However I urge you to stay as you ** never know what useful info you may find here that will help you with the application process. Things To Keep In Mind So here you are ready to write up an application but first there are some things you should remember before you even attempt to answer any questions and since I'm such a nice person I'm going to tell you what they are so that your applications aren't instantly thrown aside into the garbage. Be Truthful To Yourself And Us Ok so I am going to get the most important bit of advice out the way first and although it may seem obvious we have had many people who have tried to lie in their application to make them look like a better candidate. I know it is tempting to say things in order to make yourself look better however if you get caught which I can guarantee you will then your chance at getting in is over and if you do somehow manage to get in you will just end up feeling constantly guilty and on edge. Example So lets say that at some point in the past you were abusive to a staff member that is no longer here today, and got banned for it. Your initial instinct would be to say, "I have never been banned on any servers". However this is a very bad idea and you won't feel good about doing it plus you are missing out on a great opportunity to sell yourself to us. Instead use this past punishment to explain how it helped with your personal growth in decision making and responsibility. You could also ask other players to be your references and they can explain how you have changed if we end up asking them. In short it is 100% better to be truthful in your application as we will most certainly welcome people who have made past mistakes as long as we know they are not still stuck in that same previous mindset which will be obvious to us depending on whether they decide to tell the truth or not. Always Aim For Quality Next up is to always make sure you are going for quality even if that means you are giving less in quantity. It seems to be a common myth that if you write massive paragraphs in your application that we will think you are great and just accept you however that couldn't be any further from the truth. Writing long paragraphs where you just restate the same thing over and over again is reason enough for your application to get denied so making your answers short and sweet whilst focusing on putting in quality information will get you much further. Staff have many applications to go through and they probably won't appreciate it if they have to spend half an hour going through yours just to read the same stuff but worded a little differently. Proof Read Your Application I'll make this last one short. Make sure that you read over what you have wrote before you post it because the last thing you want to see is that your application got denied because you spelt something wrong a hundred times. The easiest way to do this would be to copy and paste your application into a word document and use spell check to make sure everything is correct and then after that make sure that you check your grammar is somewhat acceptable as it makes the application so much easier to read and gives you a better rep with the staff. What We Are Looking For Our application process for staff is relatively forgiving in the sense that there is a question template so you already know all the topics we want you to cover. This allows us to compare applicants easier as they all answer the same criteria however it doesn't mean that it will be any easier for you to get in as some will put more effort into these questions than others. I will paste the template below and then share what we look for below each of the questions. What is your in-game name? Very basic question just give us your current minecraft name. How old are you? Also a basic question, we just want to know as much about you as we can. What country are you currently living in? Simple. Tell the truth. What timezone do you live in? This just gives us a rough idea of the times you would likely be on the server. To find out your timezone go to http://www.timeanddate.com/time/map/ and enter the name of the city you stay in. What language(s) can you speak? We are an English speaking server so that is the only language that is required however we like to know if people can speak other languages as they can come in handy at times. Do you own a microphone? Whilst we don't expect you to only do things through voice chat we expect all staff to have mics for things such as staff meetings etc. Do you have Discord? We have a discord server for all members and staff. This is what we will be using for staff meetings and stuff so it is required, but it also serves as a social link for members and a way for us to inform them of upcoming updates. Why have you decided to apply for staff ? This question isn't as daunting as it sounds, all we are looking for is a simple answer. We want to know what made you say to yourself "Do you know what I'm going to apply to become a staff member" so just make it short and sweet. Why do you think you are a suitable candidate for our staff team? This is where things get harder and a lot of people tend to choke when they get to this point. What you need to remember is this is an open question, meaning there is no right or wrong way to answer it however just remember not to write paragraphs upon paragraphs of the same information. To make things easier try imagining that you were running a business and ask yourself what you would look for in your employees and if you have any of those qualities then put them in just don't forget to be truthful. As a final tip you could put in any real life experiences and achievements that show off specific skills and qualities that could benefit us, remember you are trying to sell yourself as the best candidate so bragging about what you have achieved is perfectly fine as long as you don't try to belittle people. How long have you been playing RisingShadow? A lot of people seem to get confused over this question so let me clarify something. We are not looking for a specific date because nobody that has played for a long time can remember that and if you just make one up nobody will believe you so keep it simple and give a rough time like: "a couple of years" or "a couple of weeks" etc. Have you ever been banned or punished in the past? Remember what I stated earlier on: don't lie. Plenty of nice people can get banned for any reason and we won't hold past experiences against you if you can show that you have changed. Being honest and admitting that you have been banned will show that you have grown in maturity and staff may trust you more. Do you have any previous experience in moderating a community/server? This question isn't really as important as people think. There are a lot of people who are qualified to be staff that have had no past experience so don't sweat it if you are one of them. However just to let you know saying you were staff on a friend's server that was up for about a month doesn't count... sorry. Is there anything else which you would like to add? If there is anything else that you really wanted to say that you thought didn't fit the criteria of the questions above then put it here. A Couple Words To Finish Unfortunately we don't have unlimited staff positions so a lot of people won't be accepted but don't worry too much if you stick to what you are doing you can still make a good name for yourself within the community which may just get you on a staff members radar. My last bit of advice to all the applicants is: Don't get mad if you don't make it in (this just means you won't get another shot at it), please don't blame the application process if you don't get in (It's made this way for a reason), Learn from the experience (If you don't get in figure out why, learn from it, then try again) I hope this proved useful to some of you and I wish you all the best of luck. I look forward to reading all of your applications. c0nniie xx