Jesse Hunsaker aced his medical school interview with the help of one teenage accomplishment. He was an Eagle Scout.

No other youthful achievement carries the same clout in employers’ minds, according to the Chicago Tribune.

Earning the Eagle Award usually takes years. Boys study vast topics to get merit badges, commit to live by high values and spend hours implementing a large service project.

It’s a rare achievement. 39 percent of American boys  (27 percent of males 18-24) were Boy Scouts. But, only around 5 percent of Scouts earn their Eagle Scout Award.

It’s no wonder then that the effect of the award is “electric” on resumes, according to hiring expert Richard Rogers.

In the work force, Hunsaker, Darryl Alder, Parker Tyler and others reaped the benefits the title carried–these individuals shared their stories with the Voice of Scouting:

Darryl Alder: The Job He Didn’t Even Ask For

It was his first day of his military basic training. “Will the Eagle Scouts step forward?” the drill master cried out.

Alder, age 18 at the time, nervously moved to the front. Was he in trouble? He was taken to the commander’s office and was asked if he could type. Yes, he knew how.

“Because you are an Eagle Scout we trust you,” they told him. “We can count on you.”

They invited him to be a secretary for twelve weeks, where he enjoyed perks that others in basic training didn’t. Alder received more time off, didn’t have to do as many mundane chores and was in the know about things going on.

His Eagle Scout status helped him in an unexpected way.

Parker Tyler: A Smart Resume Move

 Tyler, now a student at Embry-Riddle Prescott University, applied for a job with Apple in 2013.

He decided to put some Scouting credentials (like his Eagle status) on his resume. He figured his accomplishments conveyed leadership skills, discipline, and high moral values.

The young man wasn’t wrong.

After a series of panel interviews, a man told Tyler his Scout references were important. He indicated they desired someone who still had the values Scouting instills.

Tyler got the job working as a technology specialist with Apple.

Jesse Hunsaker: Standing Out Among other Medical School Applicants

Jesse felt nervous when he went in for his medical school interview. He sat at the table, an awkward silence between himself and the interviewer.

The assigned professor looked down at the hopeful young man’s application, noticing that Jesse was an Eagle Scout.

“Give me the Scout Oath and Law,” the man declared.

At that moment in time, Jesse stood up, raising his right arm to the square. Though it’d been seven years since he’s involvement with Scouting, he perfectly quoted the oath and law.

From that point on, the interview went smoothly. He got into med school and became an ophthalmologist.

“I have to attribute at least a significant part of the fact that I got into medical school to being an Eagle Scout,” said Hunsaker.

Each of these men experienced the perks of one teenage accomplishment when traveling on their career path–the Eagle Scout Award meant something to them and their employers.

“For sheer resume power honed over 84 years, the Eagle flies highest,” the Chicago Tribune states.

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    Jason says:

    The dean of admissions at the medical school I attended several years ago ( in the Midwest ) privately told a group of us medical students that she paid particular attention to applicants that had two specific achievements:
    1. Eagle Scout
    2. LDS mission

    If everything else (grades, test scores) were acceptable, she knew she couldn’t go wrong with those candidates. She knew the type of person that came with those achievements. That is why she always came out specifically to Utah to recruit. She didn’t go to any other state outside of her home state.

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