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Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants

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WE 2: Private Equity ($2bn generalist fund) Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 23 [0], given: 7 Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] Show Tags 22 Oct 2009, 15:49 Found this interesting and thought I'd share.... From accepted.com chat in 2008 (http://www.accepted.com/chat/Transcript ... 8_mit.aspx) Quote: Ankit (Oct 23, 2008 12:31:14 PM) Hi Barry, how stringent is the word limit for the essays. Is 500 words +/ 5 % acceptable? BarryReckleyMIT (Oct 23, 2008 12:31:49 PM) Ankit: Yes. From accepted.com chat in 2006 (http://www.accepted.com/chat/transcript ... sloan.aspx Quote: bosapp (Nov 15, 2005 10:30:30 AM) Jen: In regard to the cover letter, since the word limit is 500, should we spend 50 words on the routine thank-you at the beginning and end of the letter? JenBurkeMIT (Nov 15, 2005 10:33:09 AM) Bosapp - The letter should be close to 500 words, but we will not penalize you if you are slightly over due to thank you's and salutations. The Cover-letter essay has been the same for all these periods. I'm going to try to limit just the body of my essay to 500 words. It'll be over the word limit with the other stuff, but I guess that's not a problem. Intern Joined: 10 Jul 2009 Posts: 43 Location: Beijing Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 18 [0], given: 3 Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] Show Tags 22 Oct 2009, 16:48 Applying! Current Student Joined: 20 Dec 2007 Posts: 72 Schools: MIT Sloan Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 0 Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] Show Tags 22 Oct 2009, 16:57 wiseguyMBA wrote: Alums, current students, others... Question: can the bullet points in my resume overlap with my essay content? Or do they have to be completely new stories in the essays? After all, I've had only so much impact on my company. thanks in advance. -wg Yes, you can have overlap. I did in my essays and resume. Current Student Joined: 20 Dec 2007 Posts: 72 Schools: MIT Sloan Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 8 [0], given: 0 Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] Show Tags 22 Oct 2009, 18:35 What are people like at MIT Sloan? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR1Daulmadk Intern Joined: 10 Aug 2009 Posts: 28 Schools: IIMC, ISB, Booth, MIT, Emory Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 1 Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] Show Tags 22 Oct 2009, 21:12 Do we have to specify somewhere in the app if I am interested in the E&I track? _________________ http://adabass.blogspot.com "Be the change you want to see in the world" -- Mahatma Gandhi Director Joined: 20 Sep 2006 Posts: 658 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 120 [0], given: 7 Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] Show Tags 23 Oct 2009, 08:26 clarksdv2 wrote: What are people like at MIT Sloan? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bR1Daulmadk Very koooooooooooooooooooooooool MF SLoan A must watch ..... Manager Joined: 23 Sep 2009 Posts: 199 Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 6 [0], given: 2 Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] Show Tags 23 Oct 2009, 10:53 All my 3 essays are work-related and that's worrying me because there's no other avenue where I can expand on my extracurriculars. I have some really notable XC's, but they're 4-5 years old. Anyone else in the same boat?? Also, can current students or alumni voice their opinion, on what Adcom looks for in these essays? Great writing skills or the content itself? For example, I'm in a very technical job and I'm trying to explain technical jargon in simple terms. I don't have a lot of scope for using flowery language and exquisite narration. It is what it is. So my question is: What's Sloan Adcom looking for? Content or Delivery? thanks in advance. -wg Current Student Affiliations: CPA, CFA Joined: 30 Jul 2008 Posts: 172 Location: East Coast Schools: Darden Class of 2012 WE 1: Big 4 Accounting Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 9 [0], given: 4 Re: Calling All Fall 2010 MIT Sloan Applicants [#permalink] Show Tags 23 Oct 2009, 11:02 from the on campus info session, the adcom said they want to the process behind how you think and execute. they don't care about your goals. more importantly is where you've been and how you got to where you are today, not necessarily where you're going. Current Student Joined: 08 Oct 2007 Posts: 169 Location: Berkeley, CA Schools: Berkeley-Haas MBA WE 1: Investment Management (fund of funds) WE 2: Private Equity ($2bn generalist fund)
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23 Oct 2009, 11:11
Cover letter tips from MIT (career development center):
http://web.mit.edu/career/www/guide/coverletters.pdf
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23 Oct 2009, 12:04
I am in the Sloan admissions chat right now, but they have divided it into 3 chat rooms based on user name. I will have a chat log saved from the 3rd chat room... is anyone else in the other 2 rooms?
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23 Oct 2009, 12:10
From the chat (lots of questions about the cover letter):
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Shauna LaFauci Barry: Cover letter.....the header and signatures are NOT part of the 500 word limit. Yes, please...all on one page

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23 Oct 2009, 12:25
boogs wrote:
From the chat (lots of questions about the cover letter):
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Shauna LaFauci Barry: Cover letter.....the header and signatures are NOT part of the 500 word limit. Yes, please...all on one page

how about resume? 50 lines including white space or 50 lines of content?
thanks
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23 Oct 2009, 12:33
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Shauna LaFauci Barry: CORRECTION....THE COVERLETTER IS 500 WORDS......NOT ONE PAGE....APOLOGIES FOR THE CONFUSION
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23 Oct 2009, 17:41
Are you all directly referring to your application "materials" (resume, essays, application sections, etc.) in your cover letter or are you being more indirect?

I've seen some examples where the author more or less starts off by saying something like "I've included my resume, all application materials ...", and later refers to those sections as he/she goes through their points.

I'm not sure if I like this or not, I was just going to start off with something like "I am writing to outline my qualifications for admission to the MIT Sloan class of ..." and then go on with what I want to say. At no point would I treat the letter as a narrative index/guide to my application materials.

Thoughts?
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23 Oct 2009, 17:50
Hey all, just wanted to put up a quick post about my visit to Sloan last week. I met with a friend of a friend who's a second year in the LGO program. The morning was spent in a Economics for Strategy class, pretty interesting talk about game theory, Prisoner's dilemma type stuff. Lunch was spent in a seminar where a visiting speaker from Cisco talked about some topics that went right over my head. It was a good example of the quality of outside resources that Sloan can gather though. Also I had a chance to see most of the facilities, nothing too impressive and more than adequate (understand there is a new building coming soon).

Later in the afternoon, I had the chance to sit in on a Marketing class by Mark Ritson, who I now know is quite a rockstar prof. in the marketing/branding world. It was a video case on Levis that day so he didn't talk as much but I definitely got a sense of how good he is. There were actually almost a dozen students not enrolled in the class who sat in the back and in the aisles just to soak up his expertise. Overall, I definitely had a good impression of Sloan. The students were very professional and I could feel a sense of energy in them. Good luck to all the R1 applicants, I'm slowly getting started on mine since the LGO deadline isn't until Dec.
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23 Oct 2009, 18:01
Is anyone using the optional essay to highlight the ECs? There is no place in the app where I can highlight them, except a small one line in the resume...
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23 Oct 2009, 23:24
Are you all answering Why Sloan in the cover letter? Just curious as that's not in the prompt but was in a Clear Admit blog for the MIT Essays. I have a section of that currently but am having to cut down other areas that they specifically asked for and the Why Sloan section is relatively small. Any insight would be helpful.
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24 Oct 2009, 00:14
In the chat earlier today, the adcom said to focus on introducing yourself more instead of saying why sloan. She specifically said it doesn't make sense to waste space citing specific clubs or courses of interest, and they assume you did due diligence before deciding to apply. That being said, I probably will keep a few "why sloan" elements in my letter just because it seems right for any cover letter. I think it may be wiser to show through your past actions in your essays that your personality matches the environment at Sloan instead of stating aspects of interest.
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24 Oct 2009, 09:57
Boogs, to quote you:
"In the chat earlier today, the adcom said not to focus on introducing yourself more instead of saying why sloan."
I think you meant to say the adcom wants us TO focus on introducing ourselves more. You're pnctradicting yourself there
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