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690 gmat but unemployed...chances at top schools in US + UK?

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690 gmat but unemployed...chances at top schools in US + UK? [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 20:06
Hello,

I have a 690 gmat (46 quant, 40 verbal) with about 3 yrs of work experience in online advertising, very good recommendations, mediocre extracurriculars - but i'm unemployed at the moment. Can someone let me know what they think my chances are at the following schools?

cambridge - waitlisted
oxford - find out about interview on feb 5
ucla - waiting
usc - waiting
columbia - waiting
yale - waiting
LBS - find out about interview on feb 9

any help would be appreciated! Is there anything I can do in the meantime to improve my application (other than finding a job, i'm currently looking). Thanks!
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Re: 690 gmat but unemployed...chances at top schools in US + UK? [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2010, 20:43
Considering the current economy, unemployed candidates don't raise the same questions they used to. A lot of talented people, including top business school alumni have lost their jobs through no fault of their own. However, the question is - how are you using this time to improve yourself as a professional and as a person?

A lot of people are volunteering and learning new skills. If you have been doing something for the community or going to extra classes that help in your personal and professional development and this is something new that you have started since the application, it would be a good thing to update the admissions committee on. I recently had a client who started using her IT skills to train immigrants, while another who took the opportunity to get his PMP certification. These experiences showed character along with perseverance, both important qualities for MBA applicants.

We recently helped a client get off a Columbia waitlist and into the admitted pool, and would be happy to review your situation in detail to see how we can help.

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Re: 690 gmat but unemployed...chances at top schools in US + UK?   [#permalink] 04 Feb 2010, 20:43
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