Thanks in advance for taking your time out to review my profile. Your response will be highly appreciated! Here is a brief resume:
Citizenship – Russian Federation
Nationality – mixed
Age - 23 years old
Gender - male
a) Work Experience: I left my company 2 months ago so that to get prepared for the forthcoming admission process and GMAT particularly. Is it going to be considered unwise decision or on the contrary may prove my desire for getting into a school?
Total work experience: 4 years by now (including 3 years during the studying)
It should be mentioned, that even though most of work experience was gained during my education, it was a full-time job requiring me to stay in the office for the whole day. I was the only student on my faculty, who received a personal permission from the dean not to attend the classes and to take all the written tests, exams and essays during exams and weekends.
1 year – working for a Russian company as a purchasing manager. The company sells electronics, manufactured in China – OEM. I entered the company as an assistant to the manager and within 3 months was promoted to manager. I mainly dealt with purchasing and logistics but was also responsible for the advertising and the maintenance of the web site. Around 3-4 months before I left the company I also became responsible for the sales through Internet and soon Internet shops turned out to be the main source of distribution.
1 year – working for a Russian company as a senior purchasing manager (team leader for purchasing). The company deals with conveyor part equipment, supplying it to Russian plants from European countries. When hiring me for this position, the company set a goal to diversify the supply channels and to find Asian analogues to European products. By the time I left the company almost 70% of all the products were purchased from Chinese manufacturers, relations with which were established by me. Besides, as a team leader, I substantially streamlined the process of handling the inquiries by developing a prototype of CRM and devising standard forms for inner commercial documents.
2 years – working for a Russian company (with branches in India and China) as a team leader for international trading. The company is one of Russian leaders for chemical trading. It also has a plant in Moscow, which has the biggest capacities in Russia for polymers recycling.
I was hired as a project manager and after 2 months was promoted to a team leader. By the time, I left the company, the team (7 people) had been named “The most efficient” one 8 times (out of 24 months). During the last 6 months, my team was having the highest rate of collected revenue and profit among all the other teams in the company.
Was awarded as “The best new employee in 2010”.
b) International Exposure: I’m afraid that the only cases I might mention here are dozens of business trips to South Korea, China and India and a few to Europe, all of which implied direct negotiations with local leading manufacturers. I’m not sure whether they could be accounted.
c) GMAT: 690 – 47Q (76%), 38V (83%)
1. Specialist (Russian analogue to bachelor which takes 5 years instead of 4)
Subject – Civil Law
University – one of Russian top Universities for Humanities
GPA – 3,53
2. Bachelor of Economics (International trade)
University – one of Russian top Universities for Economics
GPA – 4.0 (still studying and will graduate in January 2013)
e) Schools short listed:
- Wharton Business School
- Yale SOM
- MIT Sloan
- Chicago Booth
I am actually quite confused with my GMAT results which I’ve just today obtained as I was going to apply to the schools during the first stream in October and I’m afraid I might not manage to prepare the essays and get recommendations if I have to study for Integrated reasoning part and try to pass the test again.
So your opinion on the promises of my resume will be very valuable.
Is there a chance that the schools will seriously consider me with my background and even though I’m only 23 y.o.?
I do believe that your unemployed status currently is a detriment to your application: it means you are not currently growing and advancing in your career. While I understand that you were working full time during your education, most schools are very specific about counting full-time work experience only since your undergraduate degree graduation. In other words, three years of your 4 years of work experience will not be counted officially.
I like the fact that you were leading your company into a new strategic direction with the internet sales but the fact that you left that role hinders the development of that area as a topic. I feel you really should be fully employed right now and that you will need to wait until you have 2 years of full-time work experience since graduating before matriculating. If you have worked 1 year since earning your degree, then you need to work for another year (which would be happening now and until matriculation over a year away if you were currently employed).
It cannot hurt to retake your GMAT to push that score over 700 if you can since the schools you are targeting have average GMAT scores of up to 730.
Jennifer Bloom, CPRW
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