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Profile Evaluation - Brazilian male 710 (48Q,39V)

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Profile Evaluation - Brazilian male 710 (48Q,39V) [#permalink] New post 15 Oct 2012, 11:33
Hello!
I would appreciate some insight on my profile, thanks in advance!

Profile: Brazilian, 28 (almost 29 at matriculation), male
GMAT: 710 (48Q,39V) - Percentiles 92% (78%Q, 88%V)
WE1: 1.75 year at major brazilian food company (US$ 7 billion in revenues). Started as a management trainee, developed projects in multiple areas (including international project in Chile), focused last year in the commercial area, developing projects and leading sales team.
WE2: 3 months at major Investment Banking in Brazil. Financial analyst, got the job as a way to remain active until next job started.
WE3: 1.5 year at biggest tobacco company in Brazil (US$ 7 billion in revenues). Started as a management trainee, developed projects mainly in the marketing department, promoted to manager in 1 year. Unfortunately, was laid off in July.
Undergrad: Industrial Engineer, top Brazilian School. Low GPA due to some failed courses. Had to work as a private tutor all the way through college to help my family, being unable to attend classes most of the time, specially during internships.
Post Graduate course in management from top Brazilian B-School, got A's in all classes.
EC: Volunteer with NGO for underprivileged children, member of company's volunteer commitee, organizing donation campaings and blood drives.
Sports (soccer and foot-volley), guitar player.
Post MBA Goals: After being laid off from previous job, took a month to reflect on carrer goals, and decided to make a carrer switch into strategy consulting, which has long been a dream of mine. However, at this point of my life, an MBA is a must if one wants to move into this new carrer path.

Schools: Kellogg, Tuck, Booth, Haas, MIT Sloan, Duke Fuqua. Given the financial commitment I'd have to make to pay for the MBA, only top ranked schools would help me get jobs in Brazil in which I could afford the student loans.

Questions: Given my demographics, is a 710 good enough? How being laid off can hurt my chances?

Thank you in advance for your help!
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Re: Profile Evaluation - Brazilian male 710 (48Q,39V) [#permalink] New post 10 Nov 2012, 09:04
Hello!

Thanks for sharing your profile. A 710 is definitely a great GMAT score. The programs you've highlighted are competitive of course, and many times their admissions depends on the candidate's overall achievement, not any one particular aspect. When you have an aspect that isn't as strong as you'd like, such as your low GPA in undergrad or being laid off, this is something you can address in your essays. What were the circumstances of your being laid off? What have you done since then, and learned from the experience? You need to be honest in a way that shows what you're capable of doing despite adversity. Business schools want to hear the whole story, not just the highlights, so make sure that you give specifics and describe what you plan to do after reaching an obstacle.

You can also focus on your professional achievements as a means to draw attention to all of your accomplishments. Be specific about the positive, beneficial aspects of your career so that they see you as a strong candidate that can provide value to the program.

Let us know what you think!
Re: Profile Evaluation - Brazilian male 710 (48Q,39V)   [#permalink] 10 Nov 2012, 09:04
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