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Thanks in advance for taking your time out to review my profile. Your response will be highly appreciated! Here is a brief resume:
Citizenship – Russian Federation Nationality – mixed Age - 23 years old Gender - male
a) Work Experience: I left my company 2 months ago so that to get prepared for the forthcoming admission process and GMAT particularly. Is it going to be considered unwise decision or on the contrary may prove my desire for getting into a school?
Total work experience: 4 years by now (including 3 years during the studying)
It should be mentioned, that even though most of work experience was gained during my education, it was a full-time job requiring me to stay in the office for the whole day. I was the only student on my faculty, who received a personal permission from the dean not to attend the classes and to take all the written tests, exams and essays during exams and weekends.
1 year – working for a Russian company as a purchasing manager. The company sells electronics, manufactured in China – OEM. I entered the company as an assistant to the manager and within 3 months was promoted to manager. I mainly dealt with purchasing and logistics but was also responsible for the advertising and the maintenance of the web site. Around 3-4 months before I left the company I also became responsible for the sales through Internet and soon Internet shops turned out to be the main source of distribution.
1 year – working for a Russian company as a senior purchasing manager (team leader for purchasing). The company deals with conveyor part equipment, supplying it to Russian plants from European countries. When hiring me for this position, the company set a goal to diversify the supply channels and to find Asian analogues to European products. By the time I left the company almost 70% of all the products were purchased from Chinese manufacturers, relations with which were established by me. Besides, as a team leader, I substantially streamlined the process of handling the inquiries by developing a prototype of CRM and devising standard forms for inner commercial documents.
2 years – working for a Russian company (with branches in India and China) as a team leader for international trading. The company is one of Russian leaders for chemical trading. It also has a plant in Moscow, which has the biggest capacities in Russia for polymers recycling. I was hired as a project manager and after 2 months was promoted to a team leader. By the time, I left the company, the team (7 people) had been named “The most efficient” one 8 times (out of 24 months). During the last 6 months, my team was having the highest rate of collected revenue and profit among all the other teams in the company. Was awarded as “The best new employee in 2010”.
b) International Exposure: I’m afraid that the only cases I might mention here are dozens of business trips to South Korea, China and India and a few to Europe, all of which implied direct negotiations with local leading manufacturers. I’m not sure whether they could be accounted.
c) GMAT: 690 – 47Q (76%), 38V (83%) 1st attempt
1. Specialist (Russian analogue to bachelor which takes 5 years instead of 4) Subject – Civil Law University – one of Russian top Universities for Humanities GPA – 3,53
2. Bachelor of Economics (International trade) University – one of Russian top Universities for Economics GPA – 4.0 (still studying and will graduate in January 2013)
e) Schools short listed: - Wharton Business School - Yale SOM - MIT Sloan - Chicago Booth - Kellogg - Harvard - Stanford - Duke
I am actually quite confused with my GMAT results which I’ve just today obtained as I was going to apply to the schools during the first stream in October and I’m afraid I might not manage to prepare the essays and get recommendations if I have to study for Integrated reasoning part and try to pass the test again.
So your opinion on the promises of my resume will be very valuable.
Is there a chance that the schools will seriously consider me with my background and even though I’m only 23 y.o.?
You have a very interesting profile since the work experience you describe sounds more like post baccalaurate experience yet you had the jobs before you had the degrees. In the states, work during college is generally discounted by the adcoms, but you may be able to make a different case for yourself considering that it was full time and that perhaps things are done differently in the Russian Federation. Being Russian, by the way, will be an asset, since it's an under-represented country in US schools. I think your GMAT will be good enough considering English is not your first language (intersesting that your verbal percentile was better than your quant, however). As for quitting your job to prepare for b-school, again, it's not going to be viewed as a big deal since the first assumption will be that you are not yet on your "career track." Having said it that way, you should be making the opposite case for yourself when applying, and should try to get as much kudos from the adcoms for your work as you can considering you are applying out of undergrad directly. Have you considered the Yale Silver Scholars program or the HBS 2+2? With all your leadership experience, you might consider these programs which were specifically designed as an early career MBA for applicants without post college work experience. Not surprisingly, these schools' regular MBA programs also tend to be more favorable towards young candidates, so if the full time programs (regular) appeal to you more, go ahead and go that route. I would definitely explore whether or not any of the schools have early admissions opportunities, which could also give you an edge in the process. In the end, it's all about how you couch your experience and whether or not your career vision is inspiring and believable. They will be looking for signs of maturity in your profile for sure, as they would with any young applicant. Focus on why your classmates would benefit from having you in the class and you will be headed in the right direction with your applications. In short, yes, you can attract a serious look from the adcoms as long as you present a good case in your application. Let us know if we can help you--bringing out the best in you is what we do professionally.
Thank you so much for your prompt detailed feedback!
After receiving your answer I think I should try to apply this year.
The main remaining question for me is whether I should invest my time in preparation for GMAT to be retaken so that I could have extra 30-40 scores or in writing and polishing my essays to make my work experience as believable as possible. In case I go for GMAT, it will take me at least 2 months, so I’m not sure, if August and September will be enough for the essays. According to your experience, how much time it takes to prepare the packs for 7-8 schools? And I should say, that most probably, I’ll use the service of some consulting company, so it is really interesting for me to know, how much time does the process take in case of Veritas Prep.