Cover Letter: (Required): Please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan MBA Program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence and be addressed to Mr. Rod Garcia, Senior Director of Admissions. (body of the letter should be 250 words or fewer)
MIT Sloan has brought back the retired cover letter format to this year’s Admission. Before we guide you on how to write a professional cover letter, addressing Mr. Rod Garcia, the Senior Director of Admissions, let us look at last year’s question. The answers given by last year’s applicants must have been manicured beyond recognition that the admission team found it hard to differentiate the genuine applicants from the heavily edited ones.
Last Year’s Question: Tell us about a recent success you had: How did you accomplish this? Who else was involved? What hurdles did you encounter? What type of impact did this have?
The question about the recent success didn’t receive a satisfying answer. One reason for that would be the lack of a clear criterion that declared an event a success. Another reason for this would be the word limit. 500 words is enough to spin a narrative that highlights hurdles, steps to overtake it, the team who helped the applicant and the overall impact that the applicants had on the event to turn it into a success.
The cover letter with 250-word limit cuts off the entire story arc and asks you to write “Why MIT Sloan MBA” and “How you will be a good fit.” The challenge this year is that with a cover letter format, your word count has halved. No chance to offer any context on your major achievement, your values, and why an MIT Sloan MBA is the next logical step.
Dawna Levenson, Director of Admissions, shares how to approach the cover letter
What Ms. Dawna doesn’t share is that you get a 1-page or 500-word space to write a cover letter. Many job applicants don’t fully use them because the goal is to customize your experience to one specific job function, but in MBA Admissions you are selling the idea that you are that all-rounder that would brighten the MIT Sloan brand.
Resume to the Rescue
Just beneath the required cover letter, the admission team has requested that you submit a resume in a 1-page format. You have to approach the limited word count by combining the resume and the cover letter in such a way that the bullet point achievements acts as titles and the cover letter description offers the context.
For MIT Sloan, the resume is the first snapshot of the Applicant. Here are some pointers worth considering while formatting your resume.
1) Use Active Verbs like Achieved, Attained, Authored, Formulated, Investigated, Designed, Consulted, Developed, Monitored, Inspected while highlighting your responsibilities.
2) Start with Education, Professional Experience and finally Achievements
3) For Achievements, focus on leadership over membership.
4) Professionally verifiable certificates (training, language proficiency, and volunteer service) should be included as bullet points under achievements.
5) Follow the Context, Action & Result template with plenty of $ and numbers in your one-line statements.
We have seen applicants overdoing the $ and numbers part without giving any context. Avoid this classic mistake.
"What action you took is equally important as the result"
Cover Letter: You can’t write everything
When you apply to two jobs for different titles, you do two things, customize the resume, and change the cover letter. The strategy for MIT Sloan cover letter is no different.
Before you start creating a cover letter, here is what you need to know about MIT Sloan:
The Above Post is an Excerpt from F1GMAT's MIT Sloan MBA Essay Guide
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