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How to Strengthen Your Profile as an Egg Donor

Posted on: 3 June, 2013

How to Strengthen Your Profile as an Egg Donor

Although many donors are chosen within the first few weeks of entering our donor database, we do have donors who are not chosen right away. Most of the time, after a quick review of their file, it is easy to see why they have not been chosen: their file has not been optimized to display them at their absolute best!

It is easiest to think of creating your profile as being very similar to a job application or resume. You want to put your best foot forward to help you stand out among other candidates. Below are a few tips to help you reach this goal.

Photos

Pictures are an extremely important part of a donor’s profile. We recommend that a minimum of ten pictures be submitted. They should span the donor’s entire life from childhood to adulthood and include at least a few full body shots. Here a few guidelines for submitting photos.

  1. Quality – photos do not have to be professional quality. In fact, it is absolutely fine for them to be snapshots taken by yourself or a friend. Photos taken of yourself with your own camera (holding out in front of you or into a mirror) are often not the best way to showcase yourself.
  2. Time period – If possible, donors should choose a few pictures from each portion of their life. For example, several as a baby, several as a child, several as a teenager and several as a young adult (recent). If possible, it is good to include the most amount of pictures from this last category (recent).

Education and/or Professional Experience

Our donors come from a variety of education levels. Some have extensive professional experience while others are just entering the working world. Here are a few pointers for how best to showcase your educational and professional expertise.

  1. Student – If you have mostly spent your time working on your education that is wonderful! In this case, be sure to include plenty of information about your future educational and career goals. You can put your current level of education but focus most of your answers on where you are heading and how you plan to get there.
  2. Working While Going to School – If you are working a job mainly to pay the bills while going to school to achieve different career goals, be sure to say so on your application. Again, focusing on where you are heading and what your plan is to get there is the key.
  3. Test Scores – if you took the SAT and/or the ACT, be sure to include those scores. In addition, be sure to tell us if you are not good at standardized tests.
  4. Free time – What a person does in their free time shows what they prefer to spend your time doing and can say so much about a person. Be sure to include any volunteer work and also hobbies that show how you spend your time not spent working or studying. Spending time with family and friends is an important one that many donors forget to include.

Medical History

Intended parents are trying to make an informed decision when choosing a donor and including a complete submission with relevant medical information and history helps them when making this decision. Any health issues that have affected you or your family should be disclosed.

Essay

This is where you can really expound on your personality traits and how all the attributes and different things make up YOU. Be sure to spend some time to write thoughtful, complete answers to each question, using good grammar, spelling and sentence structure.

All of our donors are extraordinary, but it is important to showcase those attributes about yourself that will help show potential recipients what makes you special.

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