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Content for Essay [#permalink] New post 04 Sep 2011, 11:45
Hi Paul,

I am in a dilemma about a certain situation that I face. I am working in a boutique analytical consulting firm which looks into mortgage delinquencies. As a favour I have also been helping one of my acquaintances in his business which is very different from the daytime work that I do. This acquaintances work is focused on developing solutions for a few focus industries. I have been helping him (for free) in terms of idea generation around his product. I have invested non-trivial amount of effort in this pursuit and feel that I should add this experience to my MBA essays etc.

However I do not have any proof for this except for the acquaintance vouching for my work. :( Since I helped him for free I do not have any receipt or any monetary proof of helping him out. I am wondering if this will be an impediment in adding this experience to my application since the b-schools mention that they will be validating all what has been written through a third party vendor and I am not sure what sort of proofs will stand their test.

Will it work if I add my acquaintance as a one of my recommenders? :?:

Also can I add it as part of my resume?

Please let me know your thoughts.

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Re: Content for Essay [#permalink] New post 05 Sep 2011, 22:49
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You are over thinking this. Not that I blame you because this is a stressful process, but what if you started a business three months ago that you had yet to incorporate and that had yet to generate revenues? Would it not count? Not everything in life can be verified with receipts and transactions. I would list it on your resume, write essays about it, whatever you think is best given the message you are trying to send to the reader. (Obviously, that is the hard part - determine what goes in, where it goes, how to say it, etc.)

Don't lose sleep over this.


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