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3 Tips for Writing the Common App Essay: “Some students have a background or story that is so central to their identity that they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.”

I have revised many exceptional essays, filled with honest self-reflection and true idealism, that were written in response to this prompt. I have read even more forgettable essays about a medical mission, violin performance, football injury and mountain climbing journey … Continue reading

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“3 Cover Letter Tips that Guarantee an Interview” (Rebecca Thorman, “U.S. News & World Report”)

In “3 Cover Letter Tips that Guarantee an Interview,” Rebecca Thorman presents solid advice for crafting an impressive and memorable cover letter.  To get an introduction, I recommend calling over sending emails; the added effort is well worth it.  Begin … Continue reading

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“The Only Resume Advice You’ll Ever Need” (Trudy Steinfeld, Forbes.com)

In “The Only Resume Advice You’ll Ever Need,” Trudy Steinfeld offers several tried-and-true tips for standing out in a competitive job market.  I strongly agree with her advice to quantify your achievements, from the number of hours or dollars saved … Continue reading

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“How to Write a Cover Letter” (Susan Adams, Forbes.com)

In “How to Write a Cover Letter,” Susan Adams gives some excellent advice on how to tackle this tricky task. The source of the problems with most of the cover letters I revise is inadequate preparation. Before you even start … Continue reading

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“Hacking the Common App Essay Prompts, Pt. I” (Josh Stephens, “The Huffington Post”)

In “Hacking the Common App Essay Prompts, Pt. I,” Josh Stephens gives some of the most helpful advice I’ve seen in a while. Rather than look for inspiration in the prompts themselves, start by asking yourself, “What else about me … Continue reading

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“Here’s Why Applying to Harvard Business School Has Never Been Easier” (Matt Symonds, Forbes.com)

In “Here’s Why Applying to Harvard Business School Has Never Been Easier,” Matt Symonds presents the open-ended essay as an opportunity for self-reflection and a place to add greater dimension to your application. Although he proposes covering two to three … Continue reading

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“In Your MBA Application, Be Authentic” (Stacy Blackman, “US News & World Report”)

Stacy Blackman provides excellent advice on how to be authentic and impressive in your business school application essays. Simply writing about your passion, however, is not enough to make a great essay. Avoid going into too much detail or being … Continue reading

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“Is a Postbaccalaureate Medical Program Right for You?” (Ibrahim Busnaina, “U.S. News & World Report”)

Dr. Busnaina gives a useful overview of the advantages and disadvantages of attending a postbac medical program. If you are considering pursuing a postbac, look at each school’s required application essays as early as possible. Many require you to list … Continue reading

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“The Lowdown on the Online MBA” (Stacy Blackman, “U.S. News & World Report”)

In “The Lowdown on the Online M.B.A.,” Stacy Blackman makes several excellent points to consider when applying to online MBA programs. I would add that a strong applicant will need to convince the admissions officer that he or she wants … Continue reading

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