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Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2011, 23:52
Hi, please give feedback on my profile below. I will be applying during Round 2 of admissions this year:

1) Age: 26, Gender: Male, Nationality: Vietnamese, US Resident

2) Academic:
Bachelor of Business Administration (2006) graduated in only 3 years from a local US University
Major: Business Computer Information Systems
GPA: 4.0
GMAT: 720 (Q:50, V:38) AWA: 4.5 (first attempt April 2011)

3) Work Ex: 4.5 years in sales/marketing: started from the bottom as a sales rep for 1.5 yrs then moved up to owning/managing a sales/marketing business for about 2 year with about 20+ employees. Closed down business due to slow economy. Work as a Marketing Director / Office Manager for a year until that company was closed down as well. Been unemployed since March. Recently a part-time GMAT instructor for The Princeton Review.

4) Extracurriculars:
Very active during college: International Student Association (Treasurer, President), Association of Information Technology Professionals (Vice President), Circle K International, Student Ambassador, Senior Student Senator, Monster Diversity Leadership Program, etc.
Post-college: Abandoned Little Angels, University of Houston MBA Global Experience, owner weekend in Orlando and the Bahamas, new manager/owner weekend in Boston, top leader meetings in Dallas.

5) Achievements & Awards: Various scholarships covered all of my tuition and fees, Man of the Year, Outstanding BCIS student, Clark Scholar (highest award for Junior), Presidential Award, various honor societies, 3rd place in Database Design Contest at the 11th Annual National Collegiate Conference for AITP,
Achievement Award for Outstanding Manager/Owner.

5) Goal: short-term: management consultant at one of the top global management consulting companies, such as Boston Consulting Group, McKinsey, and Bain.
long-term: open an international consulting company in Vietnam. I would like to make a great impact on my country’s transformation process, making it the biggest offshore outsourcing hub

6) Recommendations: 1 from the manager I have been working for 4 years, 1 from the direct supervisor.

7) Universities: Any from the top 15 MBA will be great...

Thank you...
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2011, 22:22
You have strong extracurriculars and should leverage it to the maximum in your application by showcasing strong leadership aptitude in these activities. Your acads are great (what's the brand value of your undergrad institute?) and GMAT score is well within the typical range.

Your red flag is going to be your work experience, rather lack of it in recent times. While you can spin some stories on your previous failed businesses, being a GMAT tutor is not something that is going to impress the adcom of the top business schools.
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2011, 22:33
Thanks a lot. What are my chances of getting admitted to top 15 MBA programs? What should I do to increase my chances if I want to apply for the second round in January? (re-take GMAT to get a higher scores? apply for intern at consulting firm? essays)
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Re: Profile Evaluation Request [#permalink] New post 17 Nov 2011, 23:03
nicknguyen119 wrote:
Thanks a lot. What are my chances of getting admitted to top 15 MBA programs? What should I do to increase my chances if I want to apply for the second round in January? (re-take GMAT to get a higher scores? apply for intern at consulting firm? essays)


Your top 15 chances will depend on how well you address the concerns in your employment and how well you execute your application. Yes, essays are going to be critical for you considering that they will be the only place where you can provide your perspectives and spin the storied to your advantage. However, the first thing you should do is try to find a way to address the gap in employment. Your GMAT, although not stellar, should not be a matter of concern and hence, if I have only limited time, I'd rather spend it on putting together other parts of the application. If you have lot of time in hand and you believe you can get a 750 or more, go for it!

If you want to discuss your personal profile, etc in detail, feel free to email/PM us. Good luck!
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