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Essays Vs Resume...... [#permalink] New post 16 Sep 2004, 19:06
Scott/Omari:
I went to a b-school event in Austin and overheard a person from the school advising a potential candidate that "you wouldnt want to include stuff in your essays that you've already highlighted/described in your resume"
I was just shocked when i heard this!!! I dont see how what the b-school rep said could be true. Here is my analysis atleast: Your resume serves as a compendium of your accomplishments (academic, professional, personal). So how could you not use any of that in your essays?
What is ya'llz opinion on this? What would be "overkill" e.g: Using 60% of your stories from your resume? Or 70 or 80?


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Yeah, that piece of advice by itself does sound weird. But I suspect that the point that he/she was trying to make was that you shouldn't just use your essays to provide a more verbose description of the same projects & accomplishments that you highlight in your resume. If you only did that, then of course your essays aren't adding much to your application.

I can easily think of examples where you would talk about some resume accomplishments in your essays, though. For example, one bullet point on your resume might read something like, "Saved the company $2 million per year by leading a cross-functional task force from idea to completion." That by itself is impressive, but it doesn't say anything about how you got it done. Say if one of your essay questions is, "Describe a time when you achieved a goal despite opposition from others," you might want to talk about how someone in manufacuting strongly opposed your cost-savings ideas, and how you convinced that person that it was the right choice for the company.

That's just a generic example, but you see where I'm going. Your resume will be mostly just the "what" of what you accomplished. Your essays can provide a lot of the "why" and "how."

Also, the other point that the admission person may have been trying to make is that you don't want to solely write about professional accomplishments. Don't be shy about discussing your extracurricular activities and personal interests, especially when they show your passion for something.

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 [#permalink] New post 18 Sep 2004, 20:31
Scott:
I completely agree with the "how/why" explained in this thread. What % of the stuff in essay's can come from something already included in your resume?
I want to make sure that i hit the "sweet spot" - not too much from the resume not too little from my resume. If you had to put a number around this what would it be?

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The short answer is that it depends! It depends most importantly on your own experiences. If all of your best stories come from the job, then that number maybe as high as 75%. But if a lot of your good leadership/failure/teamwork/ethics stories come from things you do outside of the job, that number could be as low as 20%. Those numbers are kind of arbitrary, but you see what I mean.

Honestly, for any given essay, I recommend that you pick the absolute best story in your arsenal that will answer the question, whether it's already briefly covered in your resume or not.

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