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Am I Too Late to Apply to Business School in Round 2?

Maybe you got busy with fall activities or took the GMAT or GRE a couple extra times, and all of a sudden, here we are just a few weeks away from Round 2. You have to ask yourself, “Can I get my applications in on time, or do I have to delay my plans by a year?” Let us reassure you, if you are committed to submitting your applications in Round 2, you can get them done in time! Doing so will require some efficiency and planning, but...

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Ten Essentials for a Successful MBA Application

After reflecting on your career amid the constant shifting in today’s business landscape, you now have three letters on your mind: M. B. A. You know the degree is key to developing the foundation you need to successfully navigate the current dynamic reality of business, but what does being admitted to a top MBA program require? What are the core elements of a successful MBA application? How much time do you really need to dedicate to...

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MBA Admissions Myths Destroyed: My Work Performance Is All That Matters

Because you spend so many of your waking hours working, and the MBA is the vehicle you are choosing to use to drive your career forward, you may naturally believe that your professional experiences are all that matter to the admissions committees. Do not get us wrong: you need to have strong professional stories to share, but top-tier business schools are looking for much more than just examples of professional excellence. If you...

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Simple Strategies for Increasing Your Visibility on LinkedIn 

Optimizing your LinkedIn presence requires gaining visibility among your target audience. An effective strategy includes adding relevant content to the LinkedIn platform and crafting a compelling profile. Here are five suggestions for attracting attention to your LinkedIn content: Be strategic. Your content should reinforce your brand and areas of expertise/interest. Think about why people would follow you. What is your edge? What do...

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Set the Tone Early, and Employ Active Verbs in Your MBA Application Essays

Any good journalist will tell you that the key to writing a good news story or opinion piece is to grab the reader’s attention with the very first line. Many book authors employ this same tactic. Although only a small percentage of people have actually read Herman Melville’s Moby Dick, most know that the novel begins with three famous words: “Call me Ishmael.” A powerful first line can stick with readers long after they have...

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All About Critical Reasoning Questions on the GMAT (Part 1)

With regard to the GMAT, raw intellectual horsepower helps, but it is not everything. Manhattan Prep’s Stacey Koprince teaches you how to perform at your best on test day by using some common sense. Which type of Critical Reasoning (CR) question drives you crazy? Boldface? Find the Assumption? Inference? The Critical Reasoning Process Before you dive into individual question types, knowing the overall CR process is critical....

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