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Profile Evaluation- New Gmat Club Member [#permalink] New post 19 Feb 2013, 19:09
Hi Guys, I'm new to Gmat Club and was curious on any feedback you all can provide.Thanks!

1) Work Experience

3 years experience as a marketing consultant for an internet marketing firm focused on the legal industry. My primary function is generating new business and I've been ranked in the top 1% of the firm's sales force for the past two years.

Prior, I had 2 years experience in the same role at a firm focused on the financial advisor industry. Likewise, I was the #1 rated salesmen both years.

2) GMAT.

700 (anticipated)

3) College info:

San Diego Christian College (business administration) - 3.93 gpa , dean's list all 8 semesters, graduated 2nd in Class, Business Major of Year.

4) extra-curricular activities or community service

college - founded the college's first Econ/Accounting tutoring program. (I oversaw as well as administered the tutoring)
post college - active in church (lead children's classes), captain of local men's basketball team

5) target programs.

Fuqua (early action), Kellogg, Marshall, Anderson

6) applying R1 2014-2015

7) post-MBA goals

Product Management

I would like to work in product management, possibly for a company in the technology sector. I greatly enjoy the entrepreneurial nature of managing a product's life cycle from inception to execution and would like to use my mba to do this on a larger scale.

My problem- I feel that I have an atypical background from many other aspiring applicants. Though I've excelled in every environment, both academically and professionally, I lack the prestigious undergrad and blue chip work experience that is commonly seen in other top applicants. I've always been a big fish in a small pond and fear that I may not fit the mold. Can this be overcome?
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Re: Profile Evaluation- New Gmat Club Member [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2013, 01:00
Hi,

Your list of schools looks slightly ambitious. You should be realistic while shortlisting b-schools. With the given info, you can target schools like: Darden, Ross, Cornell, McCombs, CMU-Tepper, Kenan-Flagler, Indiana-Kelley, Emory, Ohio-Fisher, Georgetown-McDonough, Arizona-Carey, Vanderbilt-Owen and Wisconsin-Madison. As the avg. GMAT range of these b-schools fall between 590-720, you’ll have fair chances of being accepted.

Subsequently, you need to work hard on your application essays and demonstrate leadership traits & professional achievements during final interviews. You can try your chances in b-schools by clicking http://www.general-ed.com/chances-of-bschool

Feel free to post any other concerns you might have.

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Hi Guys, I'm new to Gmat Club and was curious on any feedback you all can provide.Thanks!

1) Work Experience

3 years experience as a marketing consultant for an internet marketing firm focused on the legal industry. My primary function is generating new business and I've been ranked in the top 1% of the firm's sales force for the past two years.

Prior, I had 2 years experience in the same role at a firm focused on the financial advisor industry. Likewise, I was the #1 rated salesmen both years.

2) GMAT.

700 (anticipated)

3) College info:

San Diego Christian College (business administration) - 3.93 gpa , dean's list all 8 semesters, graduated 2nd in Class, Business Major of Year.

4) extra-curricular activities or community service

college - founded the college's first Econ/Accounting tutoring program. (I oversaw as well as administered the tutoring)
post college - active in church (lead children's classes), captain of local men's basketball team

5) target programs.

Fuqua (early action), Kellogg, Marshall, Anderson

6) applying R1 2014-2015

7) post-MBA goals

Product Management

I would like to work in product management, possibly for a company in the technology sector. I greatly enjoy the entrepreneurial nature of managing a product's life cycle from inception to execution and would like to use my mba to do this on a larger scale.

My problem- I feel that I have an atypical background from many other aspiring applicants. Though I've excelled in every environment, both academically and professionally, I lack the prestigious undergrad and blue chip work experience that is commonly seen in other top applicants. I've always been a big fish in a small pond and fear that I may not fit the mold. Can this be overcome?

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Re: Profile Evaluation- New Gmat Club Member [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2013, 09:22
Thanks for the feedback! I agree that Kellogg is a long shot. Honestly, Fuqua is my first choice, and I felt I might increase my chances by applying through Early Action. My main concern wasn't the gmat, but my undergrad/employment history. If I can up the gmat, can I overcome the lack of brand recognition/pedigree on my CV? Or will top schools be reluctant to accept someone with my background? Thanks again!

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Re: Profile Evaluation- New Gmat Club Member [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2013, 11:36
I read your background and think you are an excellent candidate to most of these schools (with the one school that might be considered a reach being Kellogg). I might also encourage you to apply to Cornell especially the Parke Fellows program. Just make sure you invest the time, energy and resources into your applications and I am sure you will see results.

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Re: Profile Evaluation- New Gmat Club Member [#permalink] New post 27 Feb 2013, 12:27
Thanks for the feedback. I hadn't considered Cornell, but will look into it. Thanks for the suggestion!
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