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MBA Resume::need advice [#permalink] New post 25 Aug 2009, 14:09
Hi,

Im currently on a Professional Break after i quit my last Job in June .
I used the Time to do some soul-searching and apply to a few B-schools.
I plan to submit my Application in the next few weeks post which i plan to join my new job.

my doubts are:-

1)Do i highlight only my last job in my resume as i wouldn't have joined my new job till then?
i have used one of the essays to depict how i have used break creatively.
Yet, what are the chances the adcom views it in negative light?


2)Further, there is also a question asking me to explain my current Position
what should be strategy in that regard?


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Re: MBA Resume::need advice [#permalink] New post 26 Aug 2009, 01:00
Hi Prasun, though I'm not an expert in this area, but here is what I think.

prasun84 wrote:
1)Do i highlight only my last job in my resume as i wouldn't have joined my new job till then?

You don't have any other option.

prasun84 wrote:
i have used one of the essays to depict how i have used break creatively.
Yet, what are the chances the adcom views it in negative light?

Was this break utilized for applying in b-schools ? If that is the case, I think you need to write a strong essay, as there would be many others who would have managed without takin off from job. The positive point is that the break duration is not very long.

prasun84 wrote:
2)Further, there is also a question asking me to explain my current Position
what should be strategy in that regard?

I would suggest you to get in touch with the b-school directly and ask this query.
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Re: MBA Resume::need advice [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2009, 05:46
Thanks!

I have mailed the Adcom directly and waiting for their Reply.

Meanwhile, I was tinkering with the Idea of submitting my application after I Joined my new job.but that would render the reccomendation from my previous supervisor meaningless.

what do you have to say to that?
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Re: MBA Resume::need advice [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2009, 07:58
Are you thinking of submitting a few days/weeks after your new job? or a year or so?

I don't think it would be meaningless at all.
After all, maybe your last supervisor knows you better than the new one.
It might also be tough to ask for a rec when you just recently join your new company.
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Re: MBA Resume::need advice [#permalink] New post 27 Aug 2009, 11:49
thanks!

I guess that makes sense.

Im actually ready with my application but i guess i would be better off applying after i join my new job.
so the time frame would be 2-3 months.
That way, i do not have to waste precious application space trying to justify the break i had , or in other words, that i was unemployed when i submitted my application.

let me see what the adcoms have to say.
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Re: MBA Resume::need advice [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2009, 09:03
prasun84, hi!

I have exactly the same situation. I left my last job in the middle of august and starting a new one on the October, 1.

I had the same questions and I decided 1) not to include my new job in the resume; 2) apply now as I want to apply in Round 1.


Have you received an answer from the adcom? Which school?
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Re: MBA Resume::need advice [#permalink] New post 08 Sep 2009, 13:18
Or apply as an entrepreneur who is forming business strategy and writing a plan...

So many people are out of job. You are not alone. Indicating our clear goals and how we will be successful in achieving our goals after the b-school education will possibly matter more. But then there should not be an excuse for any mediocre application as people should have more time and do a better job with applications while they are in between jobs...
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Re: MBA Resume::need advice [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2009, 06:04
well the adcoms said that if you're in between jobs, they want to see that from your resume.
how can i write about my new role when i haven't even joined was my doubt..!!

to avoid the confusion, i think the better way out is work on your application, keep it ready(since i intended to submit during the break), join your role, update your resume and submit it!
although you would not have much to write about your new job, the adcoms would understand that you have a back-up plan in case you don't make the cut.

secondly, you save precious application space in the "extra information" essay , which otherwise would have been used in justifying the break.

qlemon..hope thats a feasible solution.
im certainly doing that.. :)
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Re: MBA Resume::need advice [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2009, 07:04
prasun84,

i want to apply in R1, that is in the first or second week of October, whereas my new job starts on October,1. What would I know about it in 2 weeks? On top of that, it starts from a 3-month education and preparation for certification. So I will not know my duties by the R1 deadline.

Also the new job influences not only your resume but your essays too (career progress, how did you chose you last job and many many others........).

In your case you say that you are having a time frame of 2-3 months. If I understand you correctly, it means that you are going to apply in R2?

Why are you so afraid of using this extra space in optional essay? You have some other weak points that you want to justify? Actually, i don't see a problem here...

So this is what i think and I am still submitting during the break.
What is your opinion on all that?
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Re: MBA Resume::need advice [#permalink] New post 11 Sep 2009, 12:39
Hi qlemon,
Maybe i wasnt so clear on my last reply but thats certainly what i meant.

the fact that your joining a new job implies you have reached a plateau in your last job(growth, incentives, etc.).
You're focussed on MBA being the solution so you're applying now.
but the fact that you've joined a new job can be used to show your resourcefulness.
I mean....you must have back-up Plans right?
in the current markets you wouldn't just say "well fine..I ain't growing in this job...MBA is the answer..so i sit at home and wait for a college to accept me!...".

You can use that "extra " essay to say that precisely....You know why you need that MBA...and you also know what to do if you did not do that MBA...(unless you compromise on your choice of college and settle for one much lower on your priority list)
I did a personal SWOT...and this is what i have come out with.... etc... etc..

I mean...thats the case with me... :shock:
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