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# MBA Applications - The todo list

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18 Aug 2006, 17:27
I'm shocked by how much there is to do. Anyone else overwhelmed?

What did I forget?

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18 Aug 2006, 21:42
Yeah, I'm working on Wharton essays right now and I'm realizing what a total pain in the butt it is. My message to anyone who is not working on their apps right now is GET STARTED! I've probably put 40 hrs into Essay 1 for Wharton already, because it's the most critical (career progression, why wharton/why now crap). This process really sucks, but you either have to go all-out or not even mess with applying, especially at the elite schools.

rhyme - which schools are you applying to and what apps are you working on now?

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19 Aug 2006, 07:21
HBS
Kellogg
Chicago
Yale
One more TBD, possibly Georgetown

So far I've:

Pretty much done all the pre-essay prep work - resume is revamped, recommendation letter outlines, transcript requests, etc. I've also done about 20 hours on HBS essay OUTLINES so far. I am starting the actual essays today.

The challenge with HBS has been making impactful statements in 400 words or less.

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19 Aug 2006, 07:34
On the plus side, once you collect this information for the first school you can use it on subsequent applications.

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19 Aug 2006, 07:53
Cool... good luck with HBS writing... I know those are going to be nasty, given the absurd word limits. I'm definitely starting to see that this process will get easier for subsequent apps, but the 1st one really sucks. BTW, have you read "65 Successful HBS Application Essays"? Very good book. Some of the leadership stories are off the chart, but even those that aren't provide a great reference on how to communicate the essentials in so little space.

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26 Aug 2006, 08:49
Ryme or anyone else who wants to answer,

Just curious, what you mean by 'recommendation letter outlines' ? Could you please suggest what I should be asking my manager to do for the rec letter?

Thanks.

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26 Aug 2006, 09:22
I wrote outlines for each of my recs.

That is, helping them know what to write. Reminding them of key accomplishments, awards won, tasks I achieved, elements they should include.

I.e. They should mention their own title and if they have an MBA, mention it, especially if its from teh school you are applpying to.

They should comment on your performance overall, and compared to your peers. They should talk about specific achievements you've made, and how that has helped. It should be a gushing thing. They should comment on your cultural sensitivity, team orientation, analytical skills, leadership ability, maturity, how "fun" you are to work with, etc.

I wrote a 7 page guide for each, specifically reminding them of how I was a leader for project X, or how I mentored person Y, or how I was fun because of X, etc.

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26 Aug 2006, 14:10
rhyme wrote:

Confirm each and every title with the HR department. Confirm salary. Find out number of employees at each firm. Find out annual sales. Write short industry blurbs for certain schools.

Rhyme (and others)... is it really necessary to confirm each and every title with HR dept? Not that I will lie in my resume, but I sure dont hope that the MBA admissions office to contact my employer to verify this as I have not informed them...plus my official title and actual title differs a bit (to make my position unique, etc due to visa/green card crap, etc) ... can you of you other guys shed some light on this issue??

Thanks!
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26 Aug 2006, 18:05
gmatmba wrote:
rhyme wrote:

Confirm each and every title with the HR department. Confirm salary. Find out number of employees at each firm. Find out annual sales. Write short industry blurbs for certain schools.

Rhyme (and others)... is it really necessary to confirm each and every title with HR dept? Not that I will lie in my resume, but I sure dont hope that the MBA admissions office to contact my employer to verify this as I have not informed them...plus my official title and actual title differs a bit (to make my position unique, etc due to visa/green card crap, etc) ... can you of you other guys shed some light on this issue??

Thanks!

I dont know about each school, but Harvard is very clear on this. They specifically tell you that they hire an independent firm to verify this information. I've spoken with a couple first years who have confirmed this is the case. I suspect that, to a great degree, its intended as less of a check and more of a deterent to fibbing. That being said, the easiest thing to do would be to call the admissions office, explain the discrepancy, and ask for how to best address it.

As for Chicago, KGSM, Wharton, STanford, etc - I don't know.

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27 Aug 2006, 05:48
Thanks Ryme.

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