The Biggest Problem with MBA Personal Statements?

In a phrase: they’re too damn boring! I’ve helped clients write over 100 MBA personal statements in the last few years, and one recurring theme stands out: business school applicants almost always want to restate their resume, point for point, on a personal statement. I mean, how boring is that? First rule of writing: put yourself in your reader’s shoes. Do you think an MBA Admissions Adviser wants to read a rephrasing of your resume, …

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How to Write a Graduate School Personal Statement – Crosspost from Gold Standard Advising

Most clients I see who are applying to graduate school do not know how to effectively write a good graduate school personal statement. They fall into a few common traps that keep their writing from being effective and memorable. Some of the most common traps they fall into are being too boring in their writing, restating their resume in their personal statement, or being too impersonal in the personal statement. This is understandable. They were …

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