Your long unemployment presents a big challenge for you. You need to show that despite your status you have been doing what you can to work toward your goals, build leadership, and have an impact. Your ESL tutoring may not be sufficiently strong to do this, and it seems to have started late. The schools will also have a concern about your ability to fund your education. Since yours is a difficult and unusual case I recommend you approach each of these schools directly and ask for their candid assessment.
Hope this helps,
Thank you for the response. I understand what you are saying and to a large extent I also realize this is pretty unconventional. I have finished two certification program and was volunteering with the library here even before I started as an ESL tutor. I can come across as strong on taking initiatives and turning an unfortunate circumstance into something worthwhile. My work experience and time at under grad college and graduate university have explicit instances of leadership taking abilities. I think I can put these things across quite convincingly.
My question is very simple. What could I have done different in these two years? I have introspected and it might be naive of me, but I can not really come up with anything. If you were on the ad com, what would be one thing you would suggest I should have done during this time?
I pushed the plans of doing an MBA to 2010 because of the funding problem and I think I am in a position to handle it now.
If I lay out the above information, does it make my profile stronger to get into the target schools?
Cogito Ergo Sum