Author Archive - VantagePointMBA

Do These Things to Ensure Your MBA Recommendations Are Stellar!

By - May 3, 10:31 AM   Comments [0]

As an MBA hopeful, you are undoubtedly aware that your MBA applications require letter(s) of recommendation to support your candidacy. You may wonder, how important are they to the admission committee’s evaluation of you? What, exactly, are they hoping to glean from your recommendations? And...

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How to Be a Leader at Work, Even When You’re (Still) Not “At Work”

By - Apr 26, 06:39 AM   Comments [0]

Updated 4.21.21 Every MBA hopeful is, or should be, considering how he or she can step up and lead at work, no matter their title or role. Highlighting an array of times you’ve led is an essential differentiator for those hoping to demonstrate what many b-schools,...

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Successful MBA Applicants Have These Things in Common

By - Apr 19, 09:48 AM   Comments [0]

While many people think of January as the time to reflect, I find that spring – with its first warm days, sunlight extending a little later into the evening, and flowers emerging from the ground – can be an equally optimal time to set aside...

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Negotiating MBA Scholarships – It Doesn’t Hurt to Ask (Politely and Humbly, That Is)

By - Apr 7, 08:08 AM   Comments [0]

If you were lucky enough to emerge from the Round 2 business school application process with one or more acceptances in hand, congrats! It was competitive year, made even more challenging by the inability to visit and network with schools in person. A subset of you...

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How to Develop Your Personal Brand

By - Mar 29, 06:27 AM   Comments [0]

In our recent series on developing compelling MBA career goals (click to read Part I and Part II), I discussed how these goals are an integral component of your ‘personal brand’. So, what is a personal brand exactly and how do you go about discovering...

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MBA Career Goals – Part II: Crafting a Compelling Long-Term Vision

By - Mar 22, 08:06 AM   Comments [0]

In Part I of this series on MBA career goals, I shared how to craft a short-term career goal that is specific, realistic, and logical. While ‘checking those boxes’ will demonstrate to the admissions committee that you understand the type of companies that hire out...

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Avoid These Three MBA Application Pitfalls

By - Mar 15, 09:56 AM   Comments [0]

This time of year, our team is doing a lot of “ding analysis”, which is when someone who applied this past year asks our team to help them understand what went wrong. Below are some of the common pitfalls we see, which we hope will...

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MBA Career Goals – Part I: Crafting a Compelling Short-Term Vision

By - Mar 8, 07:25 AM   Comments [0]

As an MBA admissions consultant, one of the first – and most critical – things I do with clients is help them develop their ‘personal brand’. A strong, authentic personal brand is the backbone of a successful application. It is the marketing pitch you present...

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How to Make Your Resume “MBA Ready”

By - Mar 1, 07:28 AM   Comments [0]

The resume you used to get your last job is not the one you will use to apply to business school. I know, it’s frustrating! You perfected your resume to land a job, only to find that you’re going to have to rework it for...

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Unemployed (or Have an Employment Gap) and Applying to Business School? Here’s What to Do

By - Feb 22, 11:31 AM   Comments [0]

As an MBA admissions consultant, a concern I sometimes work through with clients is how to address an employment gap in their MBA application. Given the upheaval of the past year, even more prospective MBA candidates than usual have faced job changes or periods of...

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