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While nothing compares to working one-on-one with an mbaMission professional, our Complete Start-to-Finish Admissions Guide offers outstanding guidance for anyone applying to business school. Replete with brainstorming exercises, application advice, writing tips and numerous sample essays, resumes, waitlist letters, recommendations, interview questions and more, this resource will support you through every step of your journey toward the MBA of your dreams.

If you need any advice at all with respect to any element of applying to business school, please feel free to contact us for a free consultation.

mbaMission Complete Start-to-Finish Admissions Guide

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The mbaMission Complete Start-to-Finish Admissions Guide includes all nine mbaMission Admissions Guides in one comprehensive package designed to help you navigate the entire application process from beginning to end.

The mbaMission Complete Start-to-Finish Admissions Guide includes the following:

  • The Fundamentals of an MBA Candidacy Guide
    Introduces you to the core aspects of your profile that the admissions committees will be evaluating, including your GMAT/GRE score and GPA, your professional experience, your community activities, your personal profile and your fit with your target programs and then walks you through the components of a typical business school application.
  • The mbaMission Long-Term Planning Guide
    Offers a detailed breakdown of application criteria and an exhaustive timeline of activities and milestones to guide you smoothly through the application process.
  • The mbaMission Brainstorming Guide
    Thoroughly explains how to approach brainstorming, with a list of 16 probing questions and straightforward advice on pinpointing your most compelling stories from your professional, personal and extracurricular activities.
  • The mbaMission Essay Writing Guide
    Explains the importance and process of essay outlining, plus the advantages of using a narrative approach in your essays and how to craft effective opening lines and introductions; includes numerous sample outlines, excerpts and full essays with notes.
  • The mbaMission Personal Statement Guide
    Details how to craft your personal statement; includes multiple excerpts from well-written personal statements and four complete sample essays with notes, plus a worksheet to help you structure your own personal statement essay.
  • The mbaMission Resume Guide
    Delivers guidance on writing a strong admissions committee–focused and results-driven resume; explains how to approach spacing, formatting, special sections and descriptions of consulting work; includes three sample resumes with notes, plus more than 300 action-oriented verbs that demonstrate accomplishments rather than responsibilities.
  • The mbaMission Letters of Recommendation Guide
    Offers advice on properly selecting, communicating with and managing your recommenders; includes a document for your recommenders to use in preparing your letters, plus a full sample recommendation with notes.
  • The mbaMission Optional Essays Guide
    Clarifies how and when to properly use the optional essay to address “issues” within your candidacy; includes more than ten sample essays.
  • The mbaMission Interview Guide
    Explains how to prepare for your interview, plus how the interview works and may be weighted at your target school; includes interview FAQs and 100 questions that candidates are often asked.
  • The mbaMission Waitlist Guide
    Provides direction and advice on communicating properly with “open” and “closed” waitlist schools; includes two sample letters (with notes) as models of appropriate and compelling correspondence.

Total pages: 162

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mbaMission Personal Statement Guide - FREE!

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Because the personal statement essay is common to almost all MBA applications, we have prepared the mbaMission Personal Statement Guide to help candidates develop a personal statement that will "wow" the admissions committee and increase their chances of being admitted. Although personal statement essays can vary in length and in the precise question asked, candidates usually must discuss their past accomplishments, explain why they want to earn an MBA at their target school and present their professional goals.

The mbaMission Personal Statement Guide details how to craft this important essay and includes multiple excerpts from well-written personal statements and four complete sample essays with notes, plus a worksheet to help you structure your own personal statement. This document is free.

mbaMission Fundamentals of an MBA Candidacy Guide

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As you contemplate the strength of your MBA candidacy, several questions will no doubt arise: “Are my grades good enough? What is a strong GMAT score? How much work experience do I need?” Before you begin working on your applications, you first need to understand the components of your profile. By considering these questions well in advance of your application year, you will be able to outline the steps you must take to become a competitive candidate, reduce your potential for disappointment and simplify the task of applying to business school.

The mbaMission Fundamentals of an MBA Candidacy Guide introduces you to the core aspects of your profile that the admissions committees will be evaluating, including your GMAT/GRE score and GPA, your professional experience, your community activities, your personal profile and your fit with your target programs and then walks you through the components of a typical business school application.

mbaMission Long-Term Planning Guide

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A truly strong business school candidacy begins long before you start your application essays or take the GMAT. Our mbaMission Long-Term Planning Guide can help you effectively address the various stages of the application process, including framing and charting your professional path, choosing your community activities, preparing to take the GMAT, considering additional course work, pursuing personal achievements and researching target schools. This guide explains ways to develop your strengths, mitigate your weaknesses, use your time wisely and ultimately submit a standout application.

The mbaMission Long-Term Planning Guide offers a detailed breakdown of application criteria and an exhaustive timeline of activities and milestones to guide you smoothly through the application process.

mbaMission Brainstorming Guide

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The mbaMission Brainstorming Guide helps candidates effectively evaluate the full spectrum of their accomplishments, both professional and personal. The mbaMission Brainstorming Guide assists candidates in first uncovering and then selecting the stories that will form the basis of a successful and well-rounded application.

The mbaMission Brainstorming Guide thoroughly explains how to approach brainstorming, with 16 probing questions to get you started and straightforward advice on pinpointing your most compelling stories from your professional, personal and extracurricular activities.

mbaMission Essay Writing Guide

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The mbaMission Essay Writing Guide presents clear and easy-to-understand instructions for creating time-saving (and stress-reducing) outlines and for crafting comprehensive, engaging and effective essays.

The mbaMission Essay Writing Guide explains the importance and process of essay outlining, plus the advantages of using a narrative approach in your essays and how to craft effective opening lines and introductions; it includes numerous sample outlines, excerpts and full essays with notes.

mbaMission Resume Guide

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At mbaMission, we strongly believe that you should tailor your resume to your audience—in this case, to the admissions committees—which requires taking the time to ensure that very specific characteristics and accomplishments shine through. Moreover, many candidates' resumes mistakenly convey responsibilities rather than accomplishments and waste valuable space on unnecessary information. The mbaMission Resume Guide explains how to approach, organize and present the data in your resume to best frame and highlight your accomplishments—and to stand out from the crowd.

The mbaMission Resume Guide delivers guidance on writing a strong admissions committee–focused and results-driven resume; explains how to approach spacing, formatting, special sections and descriptions of consulting work; and includes three sample resumes with notes, plus more than 300 action-oriented verbs that demonstrate accomplishments rather than responsibilities.

mbaMission Letters of Recommendation Guide

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The mbaMission Letters of Recommendation Guide can help reduce the stress of choosing, approaching and managing your recommenders by detailing how to not only identify your best recommenders but also manage the process, ensuring that your recommenders are fully informed and submit their letters on time—and what to do when you cannot obtain a recommendation from a direct supervisor.

The mbaMission Letters of Recommendation Guide offers advice on properly selecting, communicating with and managing your recommenders, and includes a document for your recommenders to use in preparing your letters, plus a full sample recommendation with notes.

mbaMission Optional Essays Guide

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Most business school candidates have at least one irregularity in their profile (e.g., a lower-than-average GPA, unbalanced GMAT scores, a gap in work experience) and must consider whether to use the optional essay to explain it. The mbaMission Optional Essays Guide presents a variety of scenarios in which one should—or should not—write an optional essay and explains how best to mitigate your weaknesses and accentuate your strengths in such essays.

The mbaMission Optional Essays Guide explains how and when to properly use the optional essay to address "issues" within your candidacy, and includes more than ten sample essays.

mbaMission Interview Guide

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Properly preparing for the MBA interview can both lessen stress and increase one’s chances for success, yet most candidates do not know how to begin. The mbaMission Interview Guide clarifies the process by describing the different kinds of interviews (blind versus comprehensive, on campus versus off campus, invitation versus applicant initiated) and the types of questions typically asked—and provides tips on what to do before, during and even after the interview.

The mbaMission Interview Guide explains how to prepare for your interview, plus how the interview works and may be weighted at your target school; it includes interview FAQs and 100 questions that candidates are often asked.

mbaMission Waitlist Guide

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Our mbaMission Waitlist Guide explains the difference between an “open” waitlist policy and a “closed” one and can help you understand when and how to communicate with your target school to increase your chances of turning your position on the waitlist into a spot in its next incoming class.

The mbaMission Waitlist Guide provides direction and advice on communicating properly with “open” and “closed” waitlist schools and includes two sample letters (with notes) as models of appropriate and compelling correspondence.

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