When business schools such as Stanford, Harvard or evaluate your professional background, they pay a lot of attention to the companies you have worked for. The admissions committee members are human, like all of us; -whether they admit it or not, they are impacted by marketing campaigns, brand names and perception.
Getting into an MBA Program if You aren’t working for Google, Goldman or the IMF
Reputation makes a BIG difference
So, if you are working for a Fortune 500 company, or got into a program that is highly selective and competitive (an analyst program in investing banking, anything at Google or a PE firm), you get some extra brownie point in the evaluation process. Why? Naturally, when UCLA tries to evaluate whether you are of the right caliber for their programs, they might assume that if you were smart, social and hard-working enough to get into Microsoft you might be the right material for them.
Applying from a start-up or an international company
What if you have only worked for start-ups or companies that don’t have a strong reputation in the US? If you are working for a company that is the leader in your country or region, you can add a one-liner in the resume to show that, and highlight the annual revenues or number of employees.
Are you a start-up kind of person? Don’t let this hold you back from getting into these top schools. If your clients or vendors are strong brand names, leverage and include that in your resume, essays, or even rec letters. If you don’t have any of these, and can’t get any halo effect, just stick to what you have done. Show what you’ve accomplished, whether it’staking a leadership role in an up-and-coming firm, or playing jack of all trades and starting your own shop.
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