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109, 2021

Tips to Writing a Better MBA Admissions Resume

By |September 1st, 2021|Categories: Darden, Harvard, MBA, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays, MIT Sloan, Wharton|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

Applying for admission to an elite MBA program such as HBS, Wharton, Chicago Booth, Kellogg, MIT Sloane Duke (Fuqua), Berkeley (Hass), Michigan (Ross) takes great planning and organizational skills. Bschool applicants often spend most of their focus on making their essays perfect and getting letters of recommendation that they neglect making their resume the best that they can make it. This is a BIG mistake! Your resume is frequently the first thing an admission committee member will review. If it is done right it will pull the member to actually be interested in the rest of your application. Here are some tips for writing a great MBA admissions resume: Try and keep it to 1 page unless you have more than 10 years experience or if you have some major accomplishment that requires more explanation than can be done on 1 page. Highlight your most significant experiences and accomplishments at the top of your resume. Make sure it is easily readable and emphasize the things you did that made you stand out from your peers. Talk about what you achieved versus what your job description is. Always talk about the positive results that you achieved for you organization. Tangible quantification

2408, 2021

Why Bother Getting an MBA?

By |August 24th, 2021|Categories: Harvard, HBS, Ivy League, MBA, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Why bother getting an MBA? If this question is on your mind it’s good to understand the positive impact getting an MBA  from one of the Top 10 bschools would bring to your career and life. An Ivy League MBA can help take you to places in your career that could increase your quality of life both in the office and out! It is good to keep in mind though that it is a large commitment of time and finances to make it happen but the rewards can be amazing! I can help you with the entire process! One of the obvious reasons professionals choose to pursue an MBA from one of the Top 10 is for career acceleration and change. They have worked in the market for a period of time and realized that to get the leadership positions they want a graduate degree will get them there faster. They also realize that an MBA would help them to transition to another industry giving them greater flexibility to change roles. In general, attending a top MBA program will also bring new skills to you including interpersonal, leadership, strategic thinking and communication skills. The programs are not just focused hard

1708, 2021

The Most Common MBA Admission Prompts: Ivy League Essays

By |August 17th, 2021|Categories: EMBA, MBA, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays|Tags: , , , , |0 Comments

The questions may change every year, but MBA questions for a Top 10 business school program typically fall into the same consistent categories, which means YOU have an edge, if you know what they are before you begin your applications: Why are pursuing an MBA? Here the admissions officers are looking for your motivation in terms of your current work and/or life experiences. Think about where you think an MBA can take you in your career , and how you couldn’t get there as easily without the degree. What is it about this particular school’s business school program that has caused you to apply to this particular school? Why HBS, or MIT Sloan, or Kellogg, Wharton, or any of the other Top Ten bschool programs? In other words, know your school! What are some strengths and weaknesses you have? Failure is not a negative by itself and the way you responded to it is very telling! Give examples how you failed, but how you learned from those examples and overcame adversity in order to learn from your mistakes and succeed the next time. Show that you own your failures and grew from them, and that way every life experience becomes

1008, 2021

Should you retake the GMAT?

By |August 10th, 2021|Categories: GMAT|Tags: , , |0 Comments

So, you have taken the GMAT, received your scores back, and are wondering whether they are good enough or if you should go through the preparation and stress of taking the GMAT again. It is true that on average the MBA applicants that get accepted to the most competitive Ivy League or “Top Ten” MBA programs have scores of 720 or more. Does that mean if your score is below 720 you should absolutely try again? As with most everything in life -- that depends. Not everyone takes standardized tests with ease but that does not necessarily make you a lesser candidate. If your score is over 720, more than likely there is no added benefit to taking the GMAT again. If it is below 720, before you sign up for your next GMAT session look at the range of test scores that your particular Ivy League or “Top Ten” MBA program states instead of focusing on the very top end of the scale, unless of course you are trying to get into HBS, Wharton, or any of the top three MBA programs, as in that case you don’t ever want to give them a reason to say no. If

3101, 2020

EMBA Deadlines: Should You Apply? The Answer is YES!

By |January 31st, 2020|Categories: Chicago Booth, Columbia, Darden, EMBA, Fuqua, GMAT, Kellogg, LBS, MIT Sloan, NYU Stern, UC Berkeley Haas, UCLA Anderson, Wharton|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

EMBA's work on rolling admissions, versus the more concrete deadlines we usually associate with straight MBA programs. However, if you have more than 6 years professional experience in your particular field, the EMBA might just be a better fit for you, and more than help your career. Furthermore, EMBA programs don't usually require a GMAT score!  Yes, you heard that correctly and I know it made your day!  A high GMAT could still help you, but it isn't necessary, and often you can get a waiver, take the EA (Executive Assessment) test instead, or depending on the particular  school selected, not even take any standerized test at all! EMBA admissions is all about your resume, what you've currently done with your career, and where you want to go: your goals and dreams.  Not only that, but really how you want to use your degree to get there. Are you looking for networking?  Building your knowledge base?  Exploring certain aspects of a parallel field to help you or your company's growth?  All of those answers are ones the EMBA admissions committee will like, and are good reason for wanting to continue your business education. All that said, if you're looking to get

2901, 2020

Rejected From HBS or Your “Top Ten” MBA Program?

By |January 29th, 2020|Categories: EMBA, GMAT, Harvard, HBS, MBA, MBA Admissions, MBA Essays, Rec Letters, resume, Stanford, Wharton|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Rejected From HBS or Your "Top Ten" MBA Program? What should you do now?  Should you even think about reapplying next year? It's January, and it's cold in most parts of the country, freezing cold depending where you are, but nothing quite matches the cold sting of rejection you feel, if you got rejected from all of your MBA or EMBA programs this year. Yup, sadly to say, it happens. You took the time to apply, you really wanted to get in to a "Top Ten" MBA or EMBA program, your GMAT scores or EA (Executive Assessment) scores were strong, you've have a good job, with a prestigious, known-name firm in your field, and your recommenders were more than happy to help you out and write your rec -- so, let's just say, in terms of gaining admissions to not only the MBA or EMBA business school program of your choice, but ANY MBA or EMBA program at all...you really don't know what exactly went wrong. And, then the next question that comes to mind is, "should I even try to apply again this year?" That's where I come in with some strong advice.  I'm a former Harvard admissions interviewer,

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