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What to Expect from the 2019-2020 MBA Application Essays

Posted by Scott Edinburgh, Personal MBA Coach on 10 April 2019 / 5 Comments

Many MBA hopefuls who have already narrowed down their target school lists are anxiously awaiting the release of the 2019-2020 MBA application questions and deadlines.

While we cannot perfectly predict the future, our 11 years of MBA Admissions Consulting experience and careful analysis of past trends and recent campus announcements can help us to assess what MBA candidates should expect this year!

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Personal MBA Coach’s Guide to the MBA Resume

Posted by Scott Edinburgh, Personal MBA Coach on 15 March 2019 / 0 Comments

All MBA applications require a resume. You may be thinking, “No problem, I already have a resume.” Unfortunately, it is not that easy. A business school resume differs considerably from a professional one as each accomplishes a different goal. A professional resume shows potential employers that you have the specific skills and experiences they are looking for. You are selling your ability to do the job and should include industry specific terminology and jargon.

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The 2019 Financial Times MBA Rankings and How to Use Them

Posted by Scott Edinburgh, Personal MBA Coach on 13 February 2019 / 1 Comment

The Financial Times recently released its 2019 Global MBA Rankings and once again Stanford Graduate School of Business secured the #1 position. Harvard Business School earned the #2 spot, up considerably from its #5 place in 2018. INSEAD was pushed to #3 while Wharton slipped to #4. New to the top 5 this year was Shanghai based China Europe International Business School (CEIBS), up considerably from #8 in 2018 and #11 in 2017. The CEIBS EMBA program was also ranked #5 in the Global EMBA Rankings. This is the best performance to date for the 25-year-old program.

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Personal MBA Coach’s Abbreviated MBA Kick-Start Plan

Posted by Scott Edinburgh, Personal MBA Coach on 22 January 2019 / 1 Comment

Eat healthier. Exercise more. Spend more time with your family. 

These may be some of the new year’s resolutions you had in mind. But for those of you hoping to apply to business school in 2019, add MBA application planning to this list.

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Personal MBA Coach’s Guide To Deferral MBA Programs

Posted by Scott Edinburgh, Personal MBA Coach on 08 January 2019 / 0 Comments

An increasing number of MBA programs offer current undergraduate students the opportunity to gain a head start on the MBA application process. Deferral MBA programs allow ambitious students to secure a seat in a prestigious MBA program before entering the workforce. For those students who are certain about their MBA goals, studying for the GMAT/GRE and completing the MBA applications while in school can be a compelling proposition.

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Personal MBA Coach’s Tips For Developing Stand Out Essays

Posted by Erin Wand, Personal MBA Coach on 30 November 2018 / 0 Comments

It should come as no surprise that MBA applications must stand out. Every year, we hear post-mortem from applicants who applied on their own with 750+ GMAT scores, high GPAs and leading employers on their resumes who were rejected from their target schools on their first attempt.

There is generally one reason for this - their applications did not stand out!

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Personal MBA Coach’s Guide to Selecting and Preparing your Recommenders

Posted by Erin Wand, Personal MBA Coach on 19 November 2018 / 0 Comments

With the holiday season fast approaching, if you are targeting a January 2019 application submission and have not yet finalized your LOR strategy, NOW is the time! Personal MBA Coach is here to help you both select the ideal recommenders and prepare them properly!

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Personal MBA Coach’s Top Application Pitfalls: Presentation Sneak Peek

Posted by Scott Edinburgh, Personal MBA Coach on 10 July 2018 / 0 Comments

This summer, Personal MBA Coach Founder Scott Edinburgh will be traveling to The MBA Tour events across the US, including in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Washington DC and Boston, to present “Top 10 MBA Application Pitfalls.”

Check out a sneak preview of 5 of the most common application pitfalls below and our advice on how to avoid them.

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Pretend They’re Your Uber Driver: Tell Admissions Officers Your Whole Story

Posted by Amanda Gharghour: Admit.Me on 11 August 2017 / 0 Comments

An optional essay is always “optional,” so if you have the opportunity to showcase yourself further on your application--DO IT! It can be a valuable and additive component to your application; however, you must use it to your advantage in the right way.

Many optional essays are open-ended, asking you to include anything additional that you believe the admissions committee should know about you. Some ask specific questions that, if relevant to you, should be addressed. For example, you may be asked about your relocation plan if you are choosing a part-time MBA that is far from where you live currently. If it applies to you, then answer it. In these cases, the optional essay is really only “semi” optional.

In general, keep the following in mind when approaching the optional essay, especially for open-ended cases:

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