“I was responsible for contributing revenues of over $1 million for my project in 2015-16.”
$1 million is not an awe-inspiring number when you are measuring IMPACT and competing with other applicants
“And..?”, I asked.
“Well, my contribution encouraged the Founders to raise Series B Funding.”
Now that is a real IMPACT.
Contextualizing your achievement is a big part of creating the IMPACT table.
Most individual contribution, when converted to dollars, will be less than $1 million. Understanding your competitor’s data can help frame your uniqueness. If you are among the few individual contributors that would raise revenues of over $1 million – a number we have seen in professionals from Sales & Marketing, use them strategically at paragraphs where the reviewer is completely engaged.
IMPACT should be consistent in recommendation letter as well, but the tone and context should be slightly different. For help with Recommendation Letter editing, subscribe to our service.
In essays, if your narrative is based on your individual contribution and the team’s impact, the supervisor can offer additional context on how the project impacted the company’s journey, customer relationship or helped their market share.
Copy Paste IMPACT in essays and recommendation letter is the most common reason for REJECTION.
Admission team can see through the veiled attempt at differentiating the tone. Phrases that capture IMPACT is often the same in essays and recommendation letter. We recommend that the same person review the essays and the recommendation letter. This way, the reviewer can suggest edits to differentiate style and tone.
Another missed opportunity is when applicants can’t articulate IMPACT beyond dollar terms. As a management professional, your thinking will be defined by competitors, technology, customer behavior, and world economy. Thinking from multiple contexts will become natural for you. An understanding of the bigger picture demonstrates your readiness to transition into Management.
When we help clients with IMPACT table, after they capture the dollar-level contribution, the next suggestion is to incorporate the non-monetary tangibles: teamwork, social impact, individual growth, and lessons learned.
Capturing Weaknesses in a project is another area where we have seen applicants struggle. The defensive shell is so strong that it takes multiple discussions and handholding to finally reach the real weakness. It is like the Robin Williams-Matt Damon shrink sessions in Good Will Hunting. Not that obnoxious, but most applicants keep BSing in the initial stages to mask their weaknesses.
You can dance around your weakness with strengths disguised as weaknesses, but the authenticity of your narrative depends on how real the weakness is. Storytelling narratives that we have shared in Winning MBA Essay Guide and use in our Review Service will help you navigate the weaknesses in a tasteful manner, but without any weakness, the motivation for an MBA will seem non-urgent.
If you are awesome at your job or fit perfectly for the post-MBA job, what is the point of an MBA?
At some stage of your career, you found a cross-functional job function or your supervisor’s job to be more interesting. You are not ready to put in 5-10 years. You need a shortcut. A 65-125% increase in Salary doesn’t hurt. The admission team knows all about the real motives, but essays are tools to measure internal motivation.
IMPACT table captures your journey and aligns your internal motivations with an MBA.
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Only 1 in 900 gains admission to Harvard MBA program. If you write your essay focused only on your achievements, post-MBA goals, and your pre-MBA experience, you will be among the 899 rejected applicants.
ATTENTION is the secret ingredient. How will you get the attention of the essay reviewer?
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Winning MBA Essay Guide Includes
+Harvard MBA Essay Tips (2020 Entering Class) (NEW)
Sample Harvard MBA Essay – Gratitude & Giving Back (318 Words)
Sample Harvard MBA Essay – Entrepreneurship (Influence of Childhood) (667 Words)
Sample Harvard MBA Essay - Volunteering (Mental Health Awareness) (776 Words)
+ Stanford MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
Sample Why Stanford MBA Essay (Consulting)(399 words)
Sample Why Stanford MBA Essay (Tech Entrepreneur) (390 words)
Sample Booth MBA Essay #2: Leadership experience (Teach for America)(640 Words)
Sample Columbia MBA Essay 2: New York for Marketing Professionals (244 Words)
Sample Columbia MBA Essay #3 - Team Failure (Marketing Lead) (242 Words)
Sample Columbia MBA Essay #3 - Team Failure (Technology) (248 Words)
Sample Columbia MBA Essay #3 - Team Failure (Pharma) (244 Words)
+ MIT Sloan MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
Personality Type (Accepted MIT Sloan Students)
Cover Letter Checklist
Sample Essay 3: Extra-Curricular and How enriched you are
+ Haas MBA Essay Tips (2018 Entering Class)
Sample MBA Essay: Non-Profit
Sample MBA Essay: Technology
Sample MBA Essay: Marketing
Sample MBA Essay: Getting Fired
Sample MBA Essay: Diverse and Inclusive Culture
Sample MBA Essay: Leadership
Sample MBA Essay: Post-MBA Goal & How Pre-MBA Experience will help
+ Yale SOM MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
Sample Yale SOM MBA Essay: Business Development (Mobile Start-Up)(486 Words)
Sample Yale SOM MBA Essay: Investment Banking (IB)(404 Words)
Sample Yale SOM MBA Essay: Consulting (442 Words)
Sample Yale SOM MBA Essay: Technology (452 Words)
Sample Yale SOM MBA Essay: Marketing (492 Words)
Sample Yale SOM MBA Essay: Entrepreneurship (497 Words)
+ Ross MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
Sample MBA Essay: Finance Professional who was a former member of a rock band (96 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Marketing Professional with a hidden talent to do Impression (100 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Life Philosophy through the prism of an Entrepreneurial failure (94 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Consulting for a Pharma Giant (Made a Difference) (91 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Three-Level Sanitation Campaign (100 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Water Conservation Kit (99 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Losing client (100 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Misreading Market Conditions (93 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Strategic Planning vs. Tactical Dominance in Chess (97 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Out of my comfort zone(extra-curricular) (93 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Out of my comfort zone (Daily Science Show) (99 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: Simplifying Operations for Manufacturing (extra-curricular) (90 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: I am aware that I am different (Leadership and Culture) (98 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: I am aware that I am different (Technology Project and Last-minute change) (98 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: I am aware that I am different (Making Business metrics relevant to a Creative team) (91 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: I find it Challenging when People (Timidity)(98 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: I find it Challenging when People (Laziness)(100 Words)
Sample MBA Essay: I find it Challenging when People (Pessimism) (96 Words)
Sample Essay – Short-term Goals and why the goal is the right choice for you (Technology to Marketing)(299 Words)
+ London Business School MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
London as the Financial Hub
London as the Technology Hub
London as the Consulting Hub
Sample LBS MBA Essay (A Career Switcher from Hospitality to Consulting) (499 Words)
Sample Short-term Goals Essay – Technology to Consulting (100 Words)
Sample Long-term Goals Essay – Consulting for Government (100 Words)
Sample Long-term Goals Essay – Plan B (89 Words)
Framework for Answering the Duke Fuqua 25 Random Things
Sample Duke Fuqua Essay: The Fuqua community and you (Max 2 Pages)
+ NYU Stern MBA Essay Tips (2019 Entering Class)
Sample NYU Stern Essay 1: Goals (498 Words) (Finance)
5 Examples with Images
7 Professional Gains
Sample Wharton MBA Essay 1: Gain professionally from the Wharton MBA? (473 words)
Sample Wharton MBA Essay #2: Math Tutoring and Experimental music’s value (388 Words)
+ The Art of Storytelling
+ Leadership Narratives
+ Review Tips
+ Persuasion Strategies
+ The Secret to "unleashing" your unique voice
+ How to write about your Strengths
+ How to write about your Weaknesses