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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 19 Jul 2011, 13:40
Hi,

Would appreciate if you would evaluate my profile. Thanks!
30 yo Asian male
EDUCATION:
Graduated from top 30 U.S. University in 2003
Major in Economics 3.3 GPA
710 GMAT

EXPERIENCE
2003-2005 Undergoing physical therapy from illness
2004 (4 months) Worked part time as a research assistant for a well known Medical School
2005 ( 1 year) Worked part time as an intern for a start up investment bank

2006-2007 (1.5 years) Equity Research Associate at a well known Middle Market International Bank until downsized
2008 (10 months) Equity Research Associate at a well known Middle market bank until downsized
2009-2010 (1 year 10 months) Private Equity Associate at an unknown lower middle market shop
2011- current (7 months as of now) Associate at an early stage M&A shop founded by a guys who ran a division of a bulge bracket bank

Extracurricular
Advanced Ballroom dancing, Brazilian Jui Jitsu
Member of NYC Cares Volunteer Organization

Goals: Asset Management, Entrepreneurship, General Management

Targeting : Sofar I have made a tentative list. Please let me know what you think I should delete or add
Reaches: Harvard (have an inside connection), Wharton, Stanford, Northwestern, Columbia, Dartmouth, Berkely
Target: Duke, UNC, UT Austin, Yale
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2011, 12:10
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Hello Vster541, thanks for your question.

Sounds like you had a tough slog between illness and 2 downsizings.

What are the split scores on your GMAT? Did you clear 80% on both quantitative and verbal scores? That’s the usual bar for top programs.

I think your competitiveness will really depend on the quality of leadership experience you have demonstrated in and out of work. The more you can call out “moments” where you influenced people/organizations, drove results, and took initiative, the stronger your case will be. With regard to extracurriculars, seek to demonstrate your leadership potential there too.

I’ve never worked in finance, but I think you could paint a more cohesive picture in terms of connecting your experience to your future goals. What motivates you to make this transition? Have you tried to make this transition earlier? How exactly will an MBA aid in this transition? The more compelling a story you can tell, the more persuasive your case will be.

I generally agree with your demarcation of reaches and targets, though I think you could be more competitive at Tuck and Haas, than you think.

Best of luck!
Brian
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 27 Jul 2011, 18:01
Thanks Brian for your response,

Can you give a few examples of leadership demonstrated by some of your past clients? examples that are ordinary? I feel like I have not done many meaningful things. Thanks
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 30 Jul 2011, 07:11
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Hello Vster541, thanks for your follow up.

Everyone’s experience is different, so I do not want to unduly influence you with the feats of others.

You are applying to top programs. In my mind, the onus is on you to clearly demonstrate/show/prove what sets you apart from the pack. So, in your roles and positions in and out of work, how you have you raised the bar? How did you performance exceed that of the baseline or the norm or your average peer? When did you go above and beyond what is normally expected of someone in your position? Are there experiences where your individual effort, smarts, personality, assets guarantee the success of a project where a lesser applicant might have failed?

Think about those types of moments – that’s what the admissions committees are looking for. If you performed your job simply fulfilling expectations without exceeding them, then it would be hard to make a case for Harvard to admit you. I’m sure you’ve done impressive things, but you have to identify them and speak to why they set you apart.

I hope this helps – best of luck!
Brian
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