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Building a Stellar Profile and get admitted to a Top Global Business School

Submitted By Vibha Kagzi, CEO, ReachIvy

A business school application is not just a set of application forms that need to be filled out. There is also no silver bullet, no one formula for success. Building the right profile and accordingly, putting an impressive business school application together is an uncomfortably intense introspective process, where you develop a clear sense of self-awareness, which you can harness to maximize your strengths, and build scaffolds around your weaknesses.

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MBA Applicaiton Essays- 10 Common Mistakes You Should Avoid

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Essays are the most critical part of the application package for business schools that showcase those aspects of the  applicants’ profile which other parts of their application package do not reveal. B-schools use essays as tools to know their prospective candidates outside of the typical academic and professional environment. When working with the B-school applicants on their application essays in the past five years, I have come across the following common mistakes which, I believe, can be easily avoided with careful thought and preparation!

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“Personal Branding” for MBA Applicants

Submitted By Dan Bauer, The MBA Exchange

What exactly is a brand? Most of us consider it to mean a distinctive set of attributes intended to differentiate competing products of different companies. Coke vs. Pepsi. BMW vs. Mercedes. Verizon vs. AT&T.

Digging deeper, it’s helpful to think of a brand as a promise from the provider that the buyer’s experience with the branded product will meet or exceed expectations. If that promise is clear and credible, then the buyer is likely to believe it and make the purchase. This is true for soft drinks, automobiles, cellular services–and, yes, MBA applicants!

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Crafting a Stunning Resume

Submitted By The ReachIvy Team

How to make a resume stunning to secure your dream job?

How critical is your resume? Extremely. You don’t get a second chance to make a solid impression! It is a record of all your accomplishments – your snapshot to a potential employer. Your may have stellar achievements, but if they are not compiled in an impressive manner, you risk losing your job before starting it.

A crisp, error-free and coherently presented resume allows you to make an instantaneous positive impact. A well-constructed CV should document your skills and convince the selection team about your exceptional candidature.

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6 Keys to a Better MBA Resume

Submitted By The MBA Exchange

The first exposure that a business school gets to your candidates is usually your resume — sometimes called a CV (curriculum vitae). Typically 1-2 pages in length, the resume provides the admissions committee with an engaging snapshot of your career and life since the time you enrolled in college.

Sounds easy enough, right? Well, the reality is that some MBA applicants misunderstand or even misuse the resume in ways that reduce their chances for admission. To help our clients make the most of this important opportunity, The MBA Exchange advises them to consider these 6 points when presenting themselves via a resume:

1. Present substance, with clarity and succinctness
Usually the school’s application instructions specify a “1-page limit,” you should not delete core content that puts your candidacy in positive light. However, this also means that you should not just fill the space with extraneous details. Reading a 2-page resume that should have been a 1-pager is not going to endear you to an overworked admissions stagger with a stack of apps sitting on his or her desk. So, make every word count. We encourage our clients to minimize the use of “articles” — a, an, the — as they add little value.

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Useful Tips to Craft an Effective MBA Resume

Submitted By Poonam Tandon, PhD. English, Founder & President of

Resume is a critical part of the MBA applications, and yet it is often the most neglected one. Unfortunately, some applicants ignore resume and focus all their attention on essays. Your resume demands as much of your attention as your essays do. In fact, resume is your first introduction to the Ad Com, so it should be impactful enough to make them want to know more about you through your essays. When working with applicants on their resumes, I often quote Ross Admission Director Soojin Kwon. “For me, the resume is just as important as your essays……. How your describe your experience matters. What you choose to highlight matters. Think of it as trailer of the movie about about you. It needs to show there is substance there. I think that many applicants don’t take enough care with their resume.” Kwon said.

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MBA Applications: 4 Tweaks for High Impact

Submitted By LTG Team

We all know the standard resume advice. It’s been drilled into our heads by parents, teachers, advisors and professors so often that it hardly bears repeating: Keep it one page in length. Make sure your grammar is perfect. Include extracurricular activities. Proofread. Include leadership experiences. Proofread. Highlight your accomplishments. Use concise words. Proofread. Use action words. Proofread.

We get it. Unfortunately, most resume guides for MBA applications rehash these same tips and say little about tailoring your resume for an MBA application. Yet your resume is often the first thing read by admission committees. It serves as an introduction, as credentials, and it should also serve as the plot points of a compelling story, your story.

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#AIGAC16 – Harvard Business School Recap

by Brett Haber, MBA Prep School

The AIGAC team spent a wonderful morning, Thursday June 16, with the HBS admissions team.  We started bright and early at 7:30 with a breakfast for new members in the Spangler Center Dining Hall. Jane Turner Michael took time out of her admissions work to join us and answer questions in small groups.  We covered topics ranging from pre-MBA programming (e.g. Peek) to changes in the 2+2 program.  Following our small group discussions, we toured the facilities en masse, enjoying a perfect Boston day.  Jim Aisner, Director of Media and Public Relations, led us throughout Spangler and across the grounds, introducing the group to the specific places students study, to the unique manner in which students collect their reading materials and noting the changes in campus housing designed to create a more cohesive class.  We, of course, enjoyed the temporary art exhibit just outside the Dillon House doors.  Stopping in a classroom many of our own members reminisced about their personal experiences at the program and others imagined what a case study class would be like with the built in electronic voting mechanisms, offering professors a real-time understanding of each student’s point of view.  Our tour ended in Cummock 102, where we were met by Jana Kierstead, Executive Director of the MBA Program and HBS’s new Managing Director of Admissions and Financial Aid, Chad Losee.  The presentation and question and answer session continued to inform our members on topics ranging from financial aid to the structure of the admissions office.  After the full morning, we were whisked across the river to dive deep into the HKS program!

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#AIGAC16 – Recap with Highlights of MIT

by Karin Ash,

I’d like to share some conference “takeaways” from the Association of International Graduate Admissions Consultants (AIGAC) meeting in Cambridge, Massachusetts earlier this month. Held at MIT Sloan with visits to HBS, Tuck, and Babson and with presentations by representatives of Wharton, INSEAD, Georgetown, Carnegie Mellon, Haas, Vanderbilt, Darden, Rotman, Yale, UCLA, Columbia, McCombs, IESE, LBS, and Stanford, there were many information highlights.

• An MIT professor has coined the current student population as Generation “S.” One-third of MIT students take three or more electives in sustainability.

• Another MIT professor describes true entrepreneurs as innovation drivers – their companies interact with global markets, they produce products for export, and they have a sustainable competitive advantage. It is these companies that can transform an economy.

• MIT experienced a 35% increase in applications last year.

• MIT’s Master of Finance Program currently has 120 students, 40% women, 80% International, and 80% directly from undergrad. In contrast, the MBA program has 400 students of which 40% are women, 40% international, and students have an average of five years full-time experience.

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Aligning Your Resume With Your Application Essays

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Aligning Your Resume With Your Application Essays” is the latest post in our series, Navigate the MBA Maze.

MBA and other graduate school applicants frequently submit a resume with their applications. Many schools require it, and some schools, such as Columbia Business School, even specify a given format. The resume not only will present a valuable context for your other materials, but it also will give the adcom readers an easy point of reference as they read your essays.

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