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Use Social Media to Improve Your MBA Applications  [#permalink]

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: Use Social Media to Improve Your MBA Applications
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Many of you spend countless hours on Instagram, LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media. Did you know you could use those sites to help you improve your application to business school? Here’s how.

 

Instagram
Are you struggling with identifying what your passions are? What motivates you? What makes you tick? Your Instagram might be able to help. Look through your pictures. Do you notice any themes? Perhaps you’re the great organizer for your group of friends. Are there one or two pictures that spark an idea for a really good essay topic? To be successful in your application to business school, it’s important to convey to the admissions committee not only what you’ve done (your accomplishments), but also who you are. As the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words. Let your pictures remind you of what inspires you.

LinkedIn
A strong application to business school will have career goals that are researched, realistic and real. Admissions officers expect that you will have researched your career goals prior to applying. In addition to conducting online research about potential post-MBA career paths, we strongly encourage applicants to conduct “human research.” Use LinkedIn and other networks to find people who currently have your target position and ask them about it. Find out what it would take to transition into such a field. Ideally, speak with hiring managers in the field as well, and learn whether an MBA would be the ideal way to achieve this transition. Then in your essay, you can use lines such as, “In speaking with top performers and hiring managers in this industry, they have recommended…, so I have done… to prepare for the upcoming transition.” You can very clearly and concretely demonstrate that your goals are well researched.

Facebook
It’s said that Facebook is a person’s highlight reel. You can use that to your advantage in crafting your narrative for your business school applications. Looking through Facebook may remind you of times you’ve had an impact on others. Or you might discover you’ve liked a lot of posts about saving the planet and there’s a story there you could share in your essays. Or maybe you’ll notice that you work too much and you should do more outside of work so you’ll have more interesting things to post on Facebook and talk about in your essays!

So look back through your social media accounts, even the old ones you may have not used in a while. It may just provide a spark of inspiration to get you moving in the right direction.

Whatever stage you’re at with your MBA applications, we can help! Contact us for a free consultation! You can also give us a call at 1-800-925-7737 to speak with an MBA admissions expert about your chances of getting into business school and what you can do to increase them!

 

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5 Reasons Why You Should Take Your MBA Personally  [#permalink]

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: 5 Reasons Why You Should Take Your MBA Personally
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Top international business schools meet executive talent through One-to-One meetings during Access MBA Tour this Fall.

Over the past years the Master of Business Administration (MBA) has become a highly valued degree not only in business-related fields, but in areas as diverse as sports management and aviation. And rightfully so – it can be an asset for professionals who wish to give their managerial career a boost as well as for those who are looking to switch to a different field.

Even with increased opportunities for studying in all corners of the world, competition is not to be disregarded. Top MBA programs are looking for ambitious and well-prepared candidates to build a diverse student body and strong alumni network. Applicants need to be ready to invest time and effort into the application process from start to finish.

Here is why a personal touch can go a long way.

1) The MBA is a Personal Commitment
Deciding to pursue an MBA is a matter for career, lifestyle, and future development. The personality and approach of a school are important factors for MBA candidates to consider. How different MBA programs match one’s expectations is easily discernible by speaking with their representatives in person.

2) Business Meetings with Business Schools
Truly determined MBA applicants take the opportunity to talk business with MBA representatives one-on-one – they find out which business schools will enable them to reach their personal and professional goals. MBA meetings also allow applicants to receive feedback on how competitive it is to get admitted to the school.

3) 20 Constructive Minutes
Access MBA’s One-to-One events enable professionals to meet the representatives of schools that were carefully selected to correspond to their professional background and expectations. Thus, the school and the MBA candidate are already familiar with one another, and each 20-minute meeting is spent discussing the topics that matter the most.

4) Gain an Admissions Advantage
One-to-One MBA event participants get a sneak preview of their chances for admission by asking the right questions and putting forward their best presentation skills. Among the top-ranked, and thus most competitive business schools participating in the Access MBA Tour are IESE, MIT-Sloan, SDA Bocconi, ESCP, ESADE, Duke University, Manchester Business School, McGill University, Cass Business School, Hult, IMD, HHL, and many more.

5) Real-Time Professional Guidance
Getting an MBA degree is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and MBA applicants appreciate expert advice. Before, after, and in-between the business school meetings, event visitors can receive free MBA consulting on any aspect of MBA selection, GMAT preparation, funding options, and  MBA application strategies to help guarantee a successful business education investment. 

Why Consider an MBA?
  • Studying for an MBA can help you not only learn valuable business skills, but also network with knowledgeable and successful professionals in the industry.
  • A greater percentage of companies in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America and the United States plan to hire MBA graduates in 2017 compared to those who did so in 2016. US-based companies plan to offer recent MBA graduates a starting median base salary of USD 110,000 in 2017, up from USD 105,000 in 2016. (GMAC, Corporate Recruiters Survey Report, 2017)
  • Despite political uncertainty about the status of immigration and work visa programs, companies in Asia-Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the US are staying the course with plans to hire international graduate business candidates. (GMAC, Corporate Recruiters Survey Report, 2017)
Meet top business schools’ admissions directors in your city this Fall!
Online registration is free of charge on https://www.accessmba.com/. By registering at least 10 days before the selected MBA event, event participants will receive a profile evaluation and a personalized consultation to identify the most suitable business schools at the event.

This article was written by Access MBA, a Veritas Prep partner.

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3 Things to Avoid When Applying to Business School as a Consultant  [#permalink]

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FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: 3 Things to Avoid When Applying to Business School as a Consultant
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One of the biggest industry feeders to top MBA programs, year in and year out, is consulting. Consultants often come to business schools with an impressive list of client experiences, analytical skills, and business presence.

Now, given the surplus of candidates applying from this applicant pool, application season can be very competitive. This competitiveness makes it even more important for consultants to avoid the following issues when applying to MBA programs:

1) They Have No Clear Need for an MBA

A career in consulting presents many opportunities to develop a myriad of skills. Consultants are regularly poached to work with some of the top companies in the world, as well. The challenge sometimes for consultants applying to business school then is properly communicating why they actually need an MBA.

This may come across as a little odd, given that one would assume if you are applying to business school you should have this detail mapped out, but sometimes a candidate’s rationale can seem muddled in their application. In a weird way, business schools want to feel like they are needed by the applicant, and if there is not a clear opportunity to add value to a person’s life post-MBA, that can be problematic for a candidate applying from such a competitive applicant pool.

2) Using Too Much “We” and Not Enough “I”

One of the great advantages of working in consulting is the teamwork-oriented work culture the industry is known for. As MBA programs move increasingly towards a more collaborative approach to learning, the ability to work with others becomes more and more valued. However, given their predominantly team-based work, many consultants struggle to communicate their individual contributions to the greater good of a company. As such, resumes and essays often read as too much “we” and not enough “I,” thus making it difficult for the Admissions Committee to discern the true impact the individual applicant has had during their career.

3) Minimizing Accomplishments

Consultants can drive huge impact for clients and their firms on almost every project they work on. This exposure to top companies and major projects on a consistent basis can sometimes make it difficult for consultants to properly contextualize the impact of their work. Avoid minimizing your accomplishments by focusing on your own individual contributions, not just through quantitative numbers but also through qualitative experiences. Focus on highlighting your most impactful moments while contributing a holistic view of your work to best inform the Admissions Committee of your accomplishments.

Follow the tips above to avoid wasting all of the great experience you have developed as a consultant when applying to business school.

Applying to business school? Call us at 1-800-925-7737 and speak with an MBA admissions expert today, or take our free MBA Admissions Profile Evaluation for personalized advice for your unique application situation! As always, be sure to find us on FacebookYouTubeGoogle+ and Twitter.

Dozie A. is a Veritas Prep Head Consultant for the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His specialties include consulting, marketing, and low GPA/GMAT applicants. You can read more articles by him here.

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