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New post 21 May 2015, 13:07
Pretty shocked... I just got straight up dinged.
Oh well, on to the next one!

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Straight up denied... oh well

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dinged as well

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what a terrible system to inform people
at least give us an email rather than just the F U!

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Mine still says "In Review" :O

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Got the WL email asking follow up questions on May 12th, replied May 12th, admitted May 18th. Deposit of $2k due May 22nd. I was R1 WL. I'm so glad the wait is over. Good luck to everyone else!

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Top MBA Programs in Technology (Updated 2015) [#permalink]

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By Paul Lanzillotti, Amerasia Consulting Group
OUR RANKING OF BUSINESS SCHOOL PROGRAMS BY PERCENTAGE OF GRADUATES ENTERING THE TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY IN 2014.
Today's blog post is a follow up to our Top MBA Programs in Finance ranking. It's also our continued attempt at ranking top MBA programs by industry and based on publicly available data.

UC Berkeley Haas comes out on top when it comes to sending graduates (as a percentage of all graduates in 2014) back into the technology industry. UCLA Anderson is second, but it's not even close. Hands down, Haas is the place to be if you're into technology and want to work for a related firm in the industry.
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BUYER BEWARE
Now before you get too far into interpreting the numbers, a few words of caution. What we have done is an inaugural attempt at a numerically based ranking and its not perfect. It's based on our interpretation of the numbers put forth by top business schools.
  • Let us explain. Most MBA career centers report employment numbers according to the categories that we use in our rankings. Some schools break "industry" categories into further sub-categories. Other programs - i.e. Michigan Ross - roll up their industry categories under more general headers like "manufacturing". So you could be a "marketing" professional but be within the manufacturing industry. To be forthright, it's a little confusing. (This is why we have decided to exclude Michigan Ross from some categories until we gather a little more insight into their self-reported numbers.)

None-the-less, we have tried to make sense of it all and to do this we did combine some categories in order to get an apples-to-apples comparison across schools. Clear as mud?
WHY WE USE EMPLOYMENT DATA TO RANK SCHOOLS
Our opinion is that recruiting (i.e. who's hiring) drives most programs "investment" decisions - in students, faculty, courses, experiential initiatives, alumni outreach, etc.  So to know to what a specific MBA program is really all about, you need to see the end result. In other words, what industries are hiring MBA graduates and from what schools?

We compiled this ranking based on information taken directly from the following MBA employment reports.

Haas http://haas.berkeley.edu/groups/careercenter/reports/14-15ReportSummary.pdf

UCLA Anderson http://www.anderson.ucla.edu/Documents/areas/adm/cmc/2014%20PARKER%20CMC%20Employment%20Report%2002.10.15%20LR.pdf

Stanford GSB https://www.gsb.stanford.edu/sites/default/files/documents/Stanford%20GSB%20Employment%20Report%202013-14.pdf

MIT Sloan http://mitsloan.mit.edu/pdf/Class_of_2014-intern_employment_report.pdf

HBS http://www.hbs.edu/recruiting/mba/data-and-statistics/employment-statistics.html

Wharton http://www.wharton.upenn.edu/mba/your-career/career-statistics.cfm

Kellogg http://www.kellogg.northwestern.edu/career_employer/employment_statistics.aspx

Chicago Booth http://www.chicagobooth.edu/employmentreport/

Columbia https://www8.gsb.columbia.edu/recruiters/employmentreport

NYU Stern http://www.stern.nyu.edu/programs-admissions/full-time-mba/career/employment-statistics

Tuck http://www.tuck.dartmouth.edu/careers/employment-statistics

Yale SOM http://som.yale.edu/yale-som-connect/recruiting/employment-statistics

Michigan Ross http://michiganross.umich.edu/our-community/recruiters

Duke Fuqua http://www.fuqua.duke.edu/mba_recruiting/recruiting_duke/employment_statistics/

Cornell Johnson http://www.johnson.cornell.edu/Career-Management/Employment-Report-for-Two-Year-MBAs

UVA Darden http://www.darden.virginia.edu/recruiters-companies/hire-an-mba/employment-reports/
FINALLY, DOES THE WORLD REALLY NEED ANOTHER BUSINESS SCHOOL RANKING?
We think "yes". We've never felt completely comfortable with the rankings because (to our knowledge) the raw data that drives the US News and Businessweek rankings has never been fully disclosed. So we decided to start over and with the very numbers that the school's career centers are reporting via their respective employment reporting.

That being said, we welcome any constructive feedback you may have. Email us at MBA@amerasiaconsulting.com with comments or if you're looking for an expert admissions consultant to lead you through the application process.

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Be Prepared for 2016: Full-Time Texas MBA Application Rounds Announced [#permalink]

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FROM Mccombs(Texas Austin) Admissions Blog: Be Prepared for 2016: Full-Time Texas MBA Application Rounds Announced!
Full-Time Texas MBA application deadlines are listed below. The application will open in late summer 2015 and we encourage you to learn more about our admissions process and criteria or review the Full-Time Texas MBA application webpage for more information on applying to the McCombs School of Business.

2016 Rounds
Application Deadlines

First Round
October 13, 2015,

Priority deadline for scholarships & fellowships

Second Round
January 12, 2016

Final Round
March 31, 2016

Please check back soon for the 2016 application essays announcement in the coming weeks. In the meantime, you may review the 2015 essays.

We encourage you to check out all of our upcoming admissions events for opportunities to learn more about the program, join the #WhyMcCombs conversation, or send us an email with any questions you may have.

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Has anyone still on the wait list heard anything recently? New here...round 3 WL.

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Has anyone still on the wait list heard anything recently? New here...round 3 WL.


Nothing yet. I'm also on WL Rd. 3.
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Attend a Texas Evening MBA Summer Event! [#permalink]

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FROM Mccombs(Texas Austin) Admissions Blog: Attend a Texas Evening MBA Summer Event!
Texas Evening MBA admissions event this summer! Information sessions and special ice cream socials are happening in June and July.

This is your opportunity to experience the Texas MBA, chat with current students, learn about the admissions process, and get an inside look at life at McCombs!

Texas Evening & Executive MBA Info Session | June 10, 2015

Learn about the Texas Evening MBA and Texas Executive MBA programs to find out which program is right for you.

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Texas Evening MBA Lunch Info Session at Cover 3 | June 17, 2015

Join admissions staff and current students for lunch to learn about the Texas Evening MBA program in a small, informal setting. Space is limited so register now!

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Texas Evening MBA Summer Ice Cream Socials!

Network with current Texas MBA students and enjoy a sweet treat! We will be hosting Ice Cream Socials in June and July to give you the  opportunity to experience the program first-hand.

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Hold your spot! Register now:

Register: June 23 Ice Cream Social

Register: July 7 Ice Cream Social

We encourage you to check our website for a list of all admissions events coming up throughout the summer. We look forward to meeting you soon!

 
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FROM Mccombs(Texas Austin) Admissions Blog: McCombs is Coming to a City Near You!
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Throughout this summer and fall, current Texas MBA students & admissions staff will be traveling around the globe to meet you and answer your questions. Look out for event details and registration info soon on our off-campus events page. Events will be confirmed and added throughout the season.

Register Now for a Texas MBA Coffee Chat in Your City!
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Our students will be across the United States this summer for amazing internship opportunities. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to meet a student for coffee in your city and learn first-hand what sets the full-time Texas MBA program apart from the rest. These informal meetings will be taking place in a variety of cities so students can directly address your questions about the program as well as the admissions process. RSVP to your chat now!.

We encourage you to stay in touch and we look forward to meeting you. See you soon!

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June. Do you guys think they are yet to call someone? Am I insane if I still believe in acceptance for an International applicant?

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Texas MBA 2015-2016 Essay Questions: Admissions Guide to Introspection [#permalink]

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FROM Mccombs(Texas Austin) Admissions Blog: Texas MBA 2015-2016 Essay Questions: Admissions Guide to Introspection
the essays in your MBA application, consider appropriate mental theme music. Unfortunately for most, a fitting score might be the one from “Jaws”; ominous, foreboding and downright intimidating. But maybe for you it’s less scary, a bit more uplifting, full of hope, something like “Chariots of Fire” perhaps? Let’s hope. In any case, your best shot at writing strong essays is to approach them armed with insider tips from the Admissions Committee.

We read hundreds of essays. Thousands. The purpose of these essay questions is to understand why you want to attend McCombs, who you are both professionally and personally, and what goals you want to achieve while in our program and beyond. We only have two short essay questions and while it may be tempting, avoid the snooze-fest/shock-factor extremes, do us (and yourself) a favor and think hard about these answers.  Heed our advice below and tackle it while “Don’t Stop Believing” plays in the background:

ESSAY 1

  • At The University of Texas at Austin, what starts here changes the world.  You are at the Texas MBA Orientation for the Class of 2018, meeting your cohort for the first time. Please introduce yourself to your new classmates, including relevant information about your personal and professional life.
Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.

    • Write an essay (250 words)
    • Share a video introduction (one minute)
    • Share your about.me profile
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You are going to need to role play a little bit. Close your eyes. Imagine you are standing in front of your new Texas MBA Class of 2018 classmates introducing yourself. You will be placed into one of four cohorts, a group of 65-70 classmates that will be your family during the core curriculum. What would you say if you only have 250 words or one-minute? First impressions are important in person and are equally important in an admissions application.

A few key things to make sure you include are a greeting or introduction, your current profession or professional identity, goals for the future, how McCombs fits in and some personal anecdotes. We want the full picture, but in a nutshell.

Also, what makes you interesting and unique are both your personal and professional interests and attributes.  Therefore, an intro that only discusses work experience, or only discusses previous life experience, is incomplete.  Give us a rounded mix, so that we better understand who you are in a more complete sense, and not only in one facet of your life.

Finally, the choice is yours: written essay, about.me page, or video.  We have seen significant success in each platform.  Therefore, play to your strengths.  If your skill is in writing, focus on the essay.  If you have a knack for creative flare, color, design and photos, then have fun with an about.me profile.  If you want to create a video and rely on your voice and video editing skills, then we are excited to see it.  In any submission, have fun with it and do not take this essay for granted—it can go a long way to setting the stage for your application as your introduction.

ESSAY 2

The McCombs School of Business is where leadership is earned.  We have an inclusive environment where our dynamic and driven students take an active role in the Texas MBA community.  Please discuss why the Texas MBA is the ideal program for you, what you hope to achieve, and how you will contribute to your classmates’ experience. (500 words)

AO Advice:

Love McCombs? Prove it. This is your chance to convey your passion, excitement, personality, and experience, while also addressing how that experience relates to your MBA and career goals.  By the time we read your essays, we have already seen your resume, scores and basic elements of your application.  In this answer, we need you to expand upon the bare facts, and convey to us why you are the perfect student for McCombs.

This is a dense question, lots of content. The key will be to make sure you address each section of the question individually and within the tight limit of 500 words. Below is a dissection of each part of the question to help you craft a complete answer:

  • “… why the Texas MBA is the ideal program for you…”: Focus here on the words Texas MBA and you.  A vague essay is a poor essay, so give us specifics. Meditate on “how do I love McCombs, let me count the ways”, because if you’ve read our website or spoken to an admissions team member, frankly there is a LOT to love; classes, concentrations, organizations, students/alumni, professors, unique academic and career-oriented opportunities, the list goes on. So before you write your essay, I recommend you write a list of your top reasons why McCombs is total MBA perfection.  Then, make sure these specifics are mentioned to illustrate your dedication to our program. What’s the consequence of saying vague things like McCombs is “amazing” and “a great program”? First, we may question your familiarity with our school, or worse we may assume you just reused the same generic essay you used for another MBA program – yikes.
  • “… what you hope to achieve…”:  The primary difference between this portion of the prompt and the previous section is that we are asking you to clearly connect how McCombs will help you achieve your career objectives and personal goals.  Create a 5 and 10 year plan for yourself, then see what classes, organizations, and experiential opportunities that we offer specifically relate to this career plan.   Then connect the dots for us.  Essentially, we want to know what you want and how McCombs will help you get it.
  • “… how you will contribute to your classmates’ experience …”: Lastly, as you are mapping out your reasons for attending our program, also remember that we pride ourselves first and foremost on our collaborative, diverse and extremely tight-knit community.  We work very hard to find individuals excited about being a part of this community in particular, so in what ways will you contribute?  How will you give back while you are here? How can you leverage our program offerings and combine it with your skill set to propel the entire program forward. Convince us that you are indispensable to our community, and that we simply cannot live without you.
Last bit of advice. Return to classic writing techniques, a strong essay structure, grammar, punctuation, spelling and cadence.  A few common essay writing pitfalls to avoid include convoluted sentences, going off-topic, name-dropping, vague or confusing goals, citing inaccurate classes, professors, or student organizations, or calling us by any other name besides McCombs or the Texas MBA (a common mistake for people who reuse essays.)  Also, DON’T REUSE ESSAYS FROM OTHER SCHOOLS!  We can totally tell.

As always, please email us at TexasMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu if you have any other questions.  Get started early and edit, edit, edit!  Your essays can really send a strong application into orbit, so good luck, and happy applying!
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The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business has announced the updated MBA essay questions for the 2015-2016 admissions cycle. The two required prompts and one optional one are:

Essay One: At The University of Texas at Austin, what starts here changes the world.  You are at the Texas MBA Orientation for the Class of 2018, meeting your cohort for the first time. Please introduce yourself to your new classmates, including relevant information about your personal and professional life.

Select only one communication method that you would like to use for your response.
    • Write an essay (250 words)
    • Share a video introduction (one minute)
    • Share your about.me profile

Essay Two: The McCombs School of Business is where leadership is earned.  We have an inclusive environment where our dynamic and driven students take an active role in the Texas MBA community.  Please discuss why the Texas MBA is the ideal program for you, what you hope to achieve, and how you will contribute to your classmates’ experience.  (500 words)

Optional Essay:
Please provide any additional information you believe is important and/or address any areas of concern that will be beneficial to the Admissions Committee in considering your application (e.g. unexplained gaps in work experience, choice of recommenders, academic performance, significant weaknesses in your application, or extenuating personal circumstances). (250 words)

For additional information about the Texas MBA program, please visit the McCombs admissions website.
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The University of Texas at Austin McCombs School of Business has announced the following application deadlines for the 2015-2016 MBA admissions season.
Round 1
Application deadline: October 13, 2015

Decision notification: December 17, 2015
Round 2
Application deadline: January 12, 2016

Decision notification: March 29, 2016
Final Round
Application deadline: March 31, 2016

Decision notification: May 12, 2016

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Applicants should note that Round 1 is the priority deadline for admissions scholarships & fellowships.  All materials must be submitted by 11:59 p.m. CT on the day of the application deadline. The new essays for the fall 2016 application cycle have yet to be announced, and the application will go live in late summer.

For additional information, please visit the UT McCombs MBA admissions website.
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What Diversity Means at McCombs [#permalink]

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FROM Mccombs(Texas Austin) Admissions Blog: What Diversity Means at McCombs
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Texas MBA students celebrate at the 2014 Diversity Forum. Apply for the 2015 forum on our website!

From Rene Martinez, Associate Director of Admissions, Full-Time Texas MBA Program:

Here at the McCombs School of Business we tend to brag incessantly about our awesome students. They truly are not only the smartest MBA students around, but also the kindest, most genuine, and highly capable people that we know.  But what makes them this way?

I could begin to list off their unique work backgrounds, or the interesting things they learned during their undergraduate experiences, or their innovative career plans, but while important and impressive, these lists do not really explain what makes them special. If I were to identify the defining characteristic of a McCombs student, it would be an excitement for learning and an adventurous spirit that keeps this excitement alive through adversity and change.

This characteristic is so pervasive within our student body that we work very hard to create an academic environment to support and encourage innovation, adaptation, and excitement for the unknown. We insist that our student body is as diverse as possible, so that the unknown can be found not only in the courses you take, but also in the person sitting next to you in your study group. Diversity, at its core, is opportunity: opportunity to learn, step outside yourself and grow, and to make a network that can pull you in directions that will most benefit your future. It is what makes us different, and we encourage each of our students to be themselves fully, without reservation.

No matter who you are, you can be successful at McCombs, as long as you, too, are excited about the unknown and want to grow with the people around you. 
Last summer we celebrated our 30th year of partnering with the Consortium of Graduate Study in Management (CGSM), an organization whose purpose is to promote and develop diverse MBA candidates. Our recently admitted CGSM Class of 2017 is our largest class at McCombs to date and one of the largest among member schools!

This is only one of many ways we support and promote diversity, including our Diversity and Women’s Forums, the Forte Foundation, MLT, ROMBA, National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA), National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) and our many, many student organizations. Each year we are excited to see the countless ways each new student adds to the diversity we have forged over the decades McCombs has existed. We look forward to the possibility of adding your uniqueness to our community as well! Please reach out to us to learn more about how you can find your fit at McCombs.

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Life as an EMBA: Explore the Texas Executive MBA Program [#permalink]

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FROM Mccombs(Texas Austin) Admissions Blog: Life as an EMBA: Explore the Texas Executive MBA Program
Texas Executive MBA program offers experienced business leaders the opportunity to unlock their full potential, expand their network, and earn one of the most prestigious MBA degrees in the world. All while continuing to work full-time.

A current Texas Executive MBA, Rachel Truair, has shared some key takeaways from her first year in the program:

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This summer or fall, learn more about the program by attending a Texas MBA event.

Read more on our Texas MBA Student blog or reach out to us at TexasEMBA@mccombs.utexas.edu with any questions you may have. We hope to meet you soon!

 
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Which Test is Best? GMAT vs. GRE [#permalink]

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FROM Mccombs(Texas Austin) Admissions Blog: Which Test is Best? GMAT vs. GRE
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Life is all about choices. Lease or buy? Heels or flats? 4X4 truck or convertible? GRE or the GMAT? But when personal preference for payload doesn’t immediately establish you firmly in one camp or another, it’s time to stop and think about how the choice helps or hinders your ultimate goal.

When it comes to taking the GRE or the GMAT for your MBA application, how do you choose the right test for you?

While there are logistical implications to consider (such as the GRE is cheaper and offered at more locations, and the GMAT is accepted at more business schools so it’s more bang for your buck), I’m not going to go into that in this post. You can Google all about their basic differences all day. Instead, I will address choosing the test from an admissions perspective. Basic case in point: The Admission Committee doesn’t care which test you take. Ultimately it’s up to you based on some key factors.

We don’t intrinsically believe that one test is better at demonstrating your preparedness for b-school than the other because standardized test scores are not the only thing on your application that illustrate your academic abilities. If it were used alone, perhaps the more traditional approach of using the GMAT would suffice, but it’s not. We use many, many other things. But that’s a whole other post.

Much like other choices you make on your application, if you choose wrong, you can put yourself in a position of unnecessary disadvantage. We realize the tests are different and applicants choose each for varied and valid reasons, therefore we couldn’t have a preference at face value. However, what we DO prefer is that you think hard about which test you need to take within the context of your overall goals.

CHOOSING BETWEEN THE GMAT AND THE GRE DEPENDING ON YOUR…

…CAREER GOALS
The GMAT is required for most Consulting and Investment Banking companies because they use your score as a baseline qualifier for the recruiting process. If Consulting or I-Banking are in your sights, this means that the GMAT is the best choice because you could take it once and use your score for both your Admissions application as well as your career recruitment profile. Additionally, some recruiters outside the I-Banking and Consulting space may not have a strong preference either way which test you take, however they may have more experience assessing skill sets based on the GMAT. If you choose to take the GRE, you should understand that it is less common and therefore makes it more difficult for recruiters to compare these results against the majority of applicants that take the GMAT. Help them out and speak their language with the GMAT.

…DEGREE GOALS
Sometimes, the GRE is the best choice for those applicants who are pursuing their MBAs in conjunction with another Masters, like in our Dual Degree programs. Once again, taking only the GRE allows you to apply to both programs separately with one score, a convenience factor that most Dual Degree applicants very much appreciate given how much more paperwork is required to submit applications for two programs.

…PERCEPTION OF TEST REPUTATION
Don’t qualify as an applicant pursuing Consulting/I-Banking/Dual Degree? There are still some key differences in the tests that may have some bearing on your decision for which to take. A little history lesson: MBA programs only started accepting the GRE as an alternative to the GMAT over the last half-decade. Alumni and hiring companies are more familiar with the GMAT and its score scale. With the GRE new on the scene, they may need clarification regarding what the GRE score actually means and how the quantitative and verbal score sections may translate to the GMAT scores they are used to. MBA Admissions Officers are also new to the GRE setting. However, many of us have worked with the test and have recruited amazing candidates to our programs since we started accepting it a few years ago and are more comfortable assessing verbal and quantitative skill sets based on those scores.

So ultimately, which test is best? Our advice is to choose wisely using your academic and career goals and knowledge of each test’s reputation in both the admissions context and the professional world to make the best choice for you. If none of the above circumstances speak to your situation, then truly you are free to pick the exam you prefer. Either way, we say “good luck!”
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The MBA Recruiting Process – Insights from Darden ’15 Grad and CEO of RelishMBA

Hello from the RelishMBA team, and congratulations on being admitted to the MBA Class of 2017! My name is Sarah, and I’m a recent Darden School of Business graduate who founded RelishMBA, an online recruiting platform built specifically for the business school recruiting market. As a recent grad who works full-time in the MBA recruitment space, I wanted to share some recruiting advice and tips to help you prepare for arriving on campus at McCombs.

The first thing to be aware of is that MBA recruiting is a long and intense process. Recruiting activities begin quickly once you’re on campus and they take up a huge amount of your time and energy for most of your first year. While virtually all top MBA students have great jobs available to them, finding those jobs can be frustrating and stressful, with relevant information often hard to find and a complex networking process that can be tough to effectively manage. I started RelishMBA to address these problems and make the process more efficient for both students and employers.

The summer is a great time to get started with recruiting processes (while you don’t have to worry about school, student clubs, social life, and the dozens of other activities that fill up your time during first year). Luckily, there are a few things you can do to prepare before school starts in August: Relax. Explore. Prepare.

Relax – business school is a big change from the working world; take a bit of time off. You deserve it and you’ll need the break!

Explore – In your time relaxing, begin checking out what industries and companies recruit MBAs. This is something RelishMBA helps with. Sign-up at RelishMBA.com to begin exploring employer’s company pages on MBA Careers specific for your school (“day in the life” alumni testimonials, on-campus presence, key points of contact, etc.).

Prepare – And lastly, get your resume ready. Below are some tips from my experience.
It’s also important to remember that once you’re on campus, you’ll be networking with recruiters and alumni frequently – and RelishMBA will help you here too, through relationship management tools that make it easy to stay on top of your networking game. Have any questions? Reach out anytime at recruit@relishmba.com.

Resume Tips:

1) Writing your resume is your first Marketing assignment

Your resume is essentially a one-page advertisement designed to sell your brand to employers. But as your first year marketing class will tell you, marketing is about a lot more than just a fancy design and a few well-placed buzzwords. Think about your audience (i.e. who will be reading your resume? Finance recruiters? Consultants? Marketers? Others?) and how you are positioning yourself with that audience (i.e. what work experiences would be most relevant or interesting to the recruiters reading your resume?).

For example, if you’re headed up to Wall Street, focus on the more quantitatively rigorous parts of your work experience, and try to make sure that your resume as a whole reflects an interest in and passion for finance and its associated disciplines. Future consultants will want to highlight problem-solving and analytical thinking. Marketers could talk about leading cross-functional teams or point out examples of especially effective communication.

And if you are not sure what you want to do, don’t sweat it – there are lots of you out there, and it’s no big deal for the next few weeks or months. But regardless of your eventual industry or function targets, remember: your resume is not just a chronicle of your past work achievements; it is an advertisement designed to effectively sell you and your brand to recruiters.

2) Be concise but specific

This is one of the more difficult parts of honing your resume: providing specific examples of relevant work accomplishments in a way that a recruiter can easily digest in a few seconds. Try starting each bullet point with a strong action word. Instead of saying something like “Helped to more than double sales during tenure in catchment area,” try something like “Launched blogger outreach program that increased web traffic by 72% and increased sales by 120%”.

These sorts of hard numbers are really helpful, especially since many recruiters will spend only a few seconds looking at your resume and those numbers stand out on the page. So it’s also important to be sure that your bullet points can be read and processed easily. And if you don’t have a lot of specific numbers to add to your resume, it’s still important to be specific about your accomplishments and to pick your words wisely.

3) Add some flair

You should be careful with how much flair you add to your resume, but it’s a good idea to think of ways to set yourself apart from the competition. The “Personal” section at the bottom of your resume, where you list hobbies, activities, and interests, is an easy place to hook a recruiter (or break the ice in an interview). Only mention things that are truly a part of your life, but still consider your audience and which of your hobbies or experiences might be of interest to the recruiters reading your resumes. Once you reach campus, you’ll hear plenty of stories about students who were able to land first or even second-round interviews largely on the basis of what seem like minor resume items.

Other ways to add flair:

-Were you kind of a big deal in college? It’s worthwhile to mention any particularly important or impressive extracurriculars from your undergrad days (particularly leadership roles), and including club affiliations and other school-specific positions can be a good idea once you get onto campus

-Recruiters are looking to hire real people, not business robots. Make sure your resume – the accomplishments you choose to mention, the structure and content of the Personal section – reflects your personality.

4) Don’t be careless

This is the part where we tell you that a few people every year submit resumes with misspelled words or mismatched fonts or other significant but easily avoidable mistakes, and that you could be one of those people if you’re not careful, and you think “I’d never be that much of an idiot,” and then you send your resume to McKinsey or Google with your name spelled wrong at the top. Don’t be that person.
Seriously, just get a friend to read it. Several friends. Have a resume-reading party. But don’t spell your name wrong.

Have any questions? Reach out anytime at recruit@relishmba.com

Sincerely,
RelishMBA Team

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