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Profile Eval, Please [#permalink] New post 06 Jan 2008, 13:58
Hi --

I am planning on applying to B-School this fall to go back fall 09. I wanted to get some input on my profile and what I can do over the next 8-10 months to make myself more attractive to schools.

Background

- 3.9 GPA from Emory University's Goizueta Business School - Degree in Business Administration, Finance Concentration; Math Minor
- 770 GMAT Score (50 Q, 46 V), 6.0 AWA
- Caucasion male, US Citizen, will be 23 at time of application (24 at time of matriculation)
- Will have 2 years of work experience at time of application

Work Experience

- Work experience is entirely in consulting with a Tier 2 global firm; client experiences have included:
1. Leading a team of 5 client executives during mega supplier negotiations, resulting in savings potential of 12-15% for the client
2. Conducting an organizational assessment to understand how the employer can most efficiently utilize resources in a resource constrained environment
3. Owning a strategic sourcing workstream that resulted in $11MM (or about 15%) in savings for the client
- Promoted to Senior Analyst position at first possible promotion interval
- Have undertaken leadership roles within the office (i.e. very active in recruiting, planning office events)
- Serve as a "buddy" to new consultants -- a buddy is an informal mentor there to provide guidance and advice "off the record"

Extra Curriculars and Interests

- Serve as a Mentor to Goizueta Business School undergrads
- Active in the Junior Achievement program (currently just bringing a class into the office, looking to get into going into the classroom)
- Aviation - Have 50+ hours flight time logged, have soloed and done glider flying (have not done this in a couple of years due to time and $$$ -- but still have the passion for planes)
- Gofling
- Traveling

Schools

- Currently I am planning on applying to HBS, Wharton, Kellogg and Chicago GSB. I want to apply to one other school, but don't know where quite yet.

Please let me know thoughts on profile and what I can do to improve it and strengthen my position over the time frame aforementioned.

Thanks,
Matt
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Re: Profile Eval, Please [#permalink] New post 11 Jan 2008, 23:04
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Matt,

A strong profile. Though your age and experience level are below the standard MBA range, you have obviously done a lot already and are therefore the type B-schools will make exceptions for. You are doing the right things, so I would just keep trying to demonstrate impact inside and outside of work--more stories you can choose from for the essays. More specifically, you can begin to build networks at the schools you're applying to so you have a lot of evidence to show that you've personalized the school selection process--student and alum names, school visits to mention in the essays, etc. Also you can begin selecting your recommenders carefully and preparing them for the process. If you are lucky enough to be one of the few applicants whom your recommenders *want* to personally write a letter for, you can help them do a good job at it (see the chapter on reco letters in my book).

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