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Information Staff Application | Writing Guide

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Network Manager
Jul 1, 2019
Hello Future Applicants!

This post was created in order for you to be able to write a proper application and have the best chances at becoming a staff member. Nothing in this post is here to bring down any user or lower your expectations when you apply for a position on the team. Put simply, we only want the best for you and personally want you to be the best person you can be with all the knowledge you will need in order to become a high ranking member of the UniverseMC staff team!

Please keep in mind that some of these tips are to guarantee that your application is indeed worthy of getting you closer to that opulent interview stage! A few things to note when having your application posted and are in the process of waiting for a response would be:

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DO NOT contact a staff member to review your application.
Expect a response to your application within 2 - 4 days

If you contact a staff member due to impatience, this will show severe immaturity and will result in your application being instantly denied!

The only instance in which you may contact a staff member about your application would be if your application hasn't been looked at within the time span of a

- Review the rules of the server!
Within the application, there will be several questions which will press you to answer with a specific punishment and even though you may have your own opinion on what the punishment for a specific rule breaker should be, we have provided the proper punishment for each individual rule and you'd be expected to follow those rules when punishing someone.

- Accept any and all criticism!
When applying for the position, many users will comment on your application with Positive and Negative feedback, but overall; the feedback will always in some way suggest on how you can improve your application and make it better than it was before!

As an applicant, we expect you to use and take that criticism into account as you push for the staff position. Any immature responses towards criticism will result in a denial.

- Use a Visual Schedule
3) How much time do you have to contribute to the role?
When applying for the position, I personally recommend making a visual schedule to help show your potential activity on the team and make it easier for the people reviewing your application to see when they can expect to see you online and available to support them and others.

Writing out your active hours in a normal paragraph ends up looking very unprofessional and turns out to be very difficult to read and comprehend when reviewing an application.
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Sunday: 8:00 PM - 4:00 AM
Monday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM // 6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Tuesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM // 9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Wednesday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM // 10:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Thursday: 8:00 AM - 4:00 PM // 6:00 PM - 1:00 AM
Friday: 8:00 AM - 4:30 PM // 7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
Saturday: Free Day

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- Maintain an alluring color scheme.
Keep the question and answer two separate colors.

When posting your application; having the questions and answers as separate colors will provide the reader with an easy to read application and will make the application look to be a list of reasons that state why we should have you on the team in comparison to a colorful mess which scares it's readers away.
• Minecraft Username:
This is an example
• Previous Minecraft Usernames:
This is an example
• What's your timezone?:
This is an example
• Age:
This is an example
• Are you staff on any other servers?:
This is an example

- Avoid using emojis within your application
Emojis in your application will not affect you on a major scale, but when emojis are apparent within your application it will severely degrade the overall look of professionalism within it and give the team second thoughts on moving you forward in the application process.
You're on a busy game mode as a helper, questions are flying at you rapidly, you can just about keep up. You're getting messaged by 2 different players both asking you to get them a junior moderator for a hacker, someone then messages you on discord telling you that there is someone blasting music in their channel. What do you do?:

First, I would try and _______. :) After I have done that, I would rush and handle ______. :p There are a multitude of other ways this could occur, so I would try to ______. :cool:


All of the basics tips to improving your application have been listed above and I highly recommend that you take each and every suggestion placed there into account. Those may have been the essentials, but there's always more room to improve and a large portion of that room is revolved around the language used when writing the application.

All of the tips below will be if you wish to take your application to the best possible level, showing restless dedication for the position and to prove to the management team that you are capable of spending copious amounts of time on your application as well as the team in the future!

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- Provide several answers to the scenario's
When you're writing your answer for the scenario questions, it's an important thing to realize that as you're on the team; there will be several forms of situations exactly like the scenario's listed with slight differences that my just get in the way of your original response and it would show extreme dedication and realization of/for the position if you were able to think of alternative scene's that you may be put in and elaborate on how you would handle them.

Maintain fluent punctuation

A key aspect when applying would be to have proper sentences with the correct punctuation. To further explain, when some users apply for the position, there tends to be punctuation, but it is presented poorly with exclamation marks being over used and even points where there's no punctuation at all to end the sentence.
Full Stop (.)
Ex: I have arrived at the destination.

A full stop should always be used to end a sentence. The full stop indicates that a point has been made and that you are about to add on elaboration or continue with another point. This is the only punctuation that can be used everywhere in your application; any other punctuation is unprofessional

Exclamation Mark (!)
Ex: I'm sick of this!
An exclamation mark indicates strong feeling within a sentence, such as fear, anger or love. Primarily, it's used to indicate that a command is being given.

An exclamation mark should barely appear within your application. Emotion will make your application way better, but over use of it will cause it to have fault and make the application look super unprofessional.
Semi-colon [;]
Ex: We set out at dawn; the weather looked promising.
The semi-colon is typically used to connect one sentence to another sentence with the same subject matter.

Colon [:]
Ex: I wanted to continue the project, but: reason 1, reason 2, and reason 3.
The colon is primarily used when listing certain area's to a bigger subject.

Slash (/)
Many people use the slash instead of or, and etc., but this is not always helpful to the reader. There is, however, a modern convention in gender-neutral writing to use ‘s/he’.

For further assistance and improved explanation, find it Here.

That's it; in terms of tips on how to improve your application. We hope that you will take each and every suggestion into account when you apply for the staff position! The rest is up to you! The whole team wishes you the best of luck with your application!

Sincerely, the
Management Team!
Written by: Saphelia
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