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Career Statement

The MBA Application Process, Part 5: Your Career Statement – Fact, Fiction, and How to Build One

One of the most essential components of your business school application is your rationale for why you want an MBA in the first place—your career statement—and it needs to tie together your future goals, how they relate to where you are today, and how business school is the necessary bridge between the two. Each school …

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Business School Essays

The MBA Application Process, Part 6: The Importance of Business School Application Essays (and How to Write Them)

The MBA application requires providing business schools with a lot of statistical and discrete information about yourself—your undergraduate transcript and GPA, GMAT and/or GRE scores (and verbal and quantitative breakdowns), current employer, past employers, salaries, bonuses, place of birth, date of birth, and so on. Yet these facts tell only part of your story. Your …

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"Other" Essays

The MBA Application Process, Part 8: The Other “Essays”—Optional, Video, and Creative

Writing memorable MBA essays has always been challenging enough, but over the years, business schools have introduced new challenges in the form of alternative “essays” in their applications. For example, some programs prompt candidates to make a video in which they introduce themselves to their classmates; others ask applicants to submit a set of photos …

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50 Successful Essays for the Stanford GSB and HBS (and Why They Worked)

If you plan to apply to Harvard Business School or the Stanford Graduate School of Business, this 190-page book of actual HBS and GSB essays along with expert commentary on the strengths (and sometimes weaknesses) of each one, is a must-have resource. “What Matters?” and “What More?”: 50 Successful Essays for the Stanford GSB and …

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