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Admission essays - Any material to help [#permalink] New post 29 Mar 2011, 20:24
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I am targeting 1 year MBA courses and am planning to apply to R2 for INSEAD's Jan intake. I need help with the essays and wanted to know if there is some book or any other material that I can read before starting off.

Appreciate any kind of help.
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Re: Admission essays - Any material to help [#permalink] New post 09 Apr 2011, 09:22
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Hi nikhilsrl,

We have a section dedicated to INSEAD admissions advice. The first article includes INSEAD essay tips. It is the URL below:

http://www.stacyblackman.com/category/insead-advice/

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Re: Admission essays - Any material to help [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2011, 04:35
hello, tht ws indeed helpful.having said tht, could you also share some tips on reference letters n resume writin to sum it up...wd b of great help to many like me.
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Re: Admission essays - Any material to help [#permalink] New post 18 Apr 2011, 08:39
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Hi sdas,

The following is an answer to your question. You can also find more information here: http://www.stacyblackman.com/2009/04/07 ... endations/

Your recommendations are a crucial part of your application, yet are often the one part of the process you have the least control over. Choosing your recommenders strategically and coaching them effectively will help you with confidence in your overall package.

Choosing Recommenders

The absolutely, positively most important factors in choosing a recommender are to select someone you know well and who has the time to focus on your recommendation. Though it is tempting to ask that Managing Director you have met once (but your boss knows well) or your aunt’s cousin who is a Senator, instead ask your immediate supervisor or a co-worker who has seen you grow through your career. Some schools specifically ask for a peer recommendation, in which case the recommendation should come form a real peer, preferably at work. For most sets of recommendations you want to choose your immediate supervisor and someone else who knows you professionally, perhaps from a different angle than your immediate supervisor.

If you have the option to choose three recommenders, you may want to select a third person who knows you outside of work. Try to find someone who can speak to your leadership capacity, or unique personal attributes.

Coaching your Recommenders

The key difference between a strong recommendation and a weak recommendation are specific examples. Weak recommendations provide vague accolades, while strong recommendations show the reader of your application what potential the recommender sees in you.

It is important to prepare your recommenders well for the application process. Asking your recommenders in person is most effective, and will give you the chance to outline your MBA plans and what you hope to accomplish through the degree. When you have set your application strategy and have some idea of your essay topics, it will be useful to provide your recommenders with the application questions. If your recommenders are open to it, you may want to suggest examples that may be helpful to answer the questions.

Prepare your recommenders well in advance, and gently remind them to submit the letters once the application deadlines near. As recommendation letters are the one part of the application you do not control yourself, you will want to avoid last minute panic.

Never, ever, ever take the bait to write a recommendation for yourself. This avenue may be suggested by recommenders who do not have time to craft a thoughtful submission. If that is the situation, it would be better to seek someone with a lower title who has the time to write your letter. If you decide to write the letter yourself it will be painfully obvious and hurt your application.

If you choose wisely and coach your recommenders successfully, you will be confident that this part of the application is as strong as possible!

I hope this was of help.

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Re: Admission essays - Any material to help [#permalink] New post 20 Apr 2011, 21:46
thanks a ton.tht wl help a lot. jst an insight essential.i am applyin next fall,i hv already personally identified and spoken to my recommenders, who know me well, they hv agreed to do this bit in person to help me succeed.ref letters needs to be in orientation with the essays tht i wl fill in later?or cn i ask them to keep a draft ready focusin on their thoughts n me, accomplishments, wins n losses, strenghts n weakness,leadership,etc.....or wl it be of no use, as the letter might hv to be changed drastically wt the essays.....pls advice
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Hi sdas,

In your business school application, it's important that you outline your personal brand and then use your personal essays and letters of recommendation to support this message. For this reason, you should talk to the people who are writing the recommendations about your personal essays and the qualities that you would like them to write on.

I hope this was of help. Please let me know if I can answer any other questions.

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Re: Admission essays - Any material to help [#permalink] New post 26 Oct 2011, 08:52
hi,thts correct.got that.have put it in my agenda.will hv a few more queries sometime soon, when i get to that level.will buzz your team then.thanks again
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Re: Admission essays - Any material to help   [#permalink] 26 Oct 2011, 08:52
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