Ross | Mr. Automotive Compliance Professional
GMAT 710, GPA 3.7
Wharton | Mr. Digi-Transformer
GMAT 680, GPA 4
Stanford GSB | Ms. 2+2 Tech Girl
GRE 333, GPA 3.95
Stanford GSB | Ms. Healthcare Operations To General Management
GRE 700, GPA 7.3
Chicago Booth | Ms. CS Engineer To Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.31
Kenan-Flagler | Mr. Engineer In The Military
GRE 310, GPA 3.9
Chicago Booth | Mr. Oil & Gas Leader
GMAT 760, GPA 6.85/10
Stanford GSB | Mr. Seeking Fellow Program
GMAT 760, GPA 3
Wharton | Mr. Real Estate Investor
GMAT 720, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Chef Instructor
GMAT 760, GPA 3.3
Harvard | Mr. Climate
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Wharton | Mr. New England Hopeful
GMAT 730, GPA 3.65
Berkeley Haas | Mr. Bangladeshi Data Scientist
GMAT 760, GPA 3.33
Harvard | Mr. Military Banker
GMAT 740, GPA 3.9
Ross | Ms. Packaging Manager
GMAT 730, GPA 3.47
Chicago Booth | Mr. Private Equity To Ed-Tech
GRE 326, GPA 3.4
Harvard | Mr. Gay Singaporean Strategy Consultant
GMAT 730, GPA 3.3
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Electric Vehicles Product Strategist
GRE 331, GPA 3.8
Columbia | Mr. BB Trading M/O To Hedge Fund
GMAT 710, GPA 3.23
Columbia | Mr. Old Indian Engineer
GRE 333, GPA 67%
Harvard | Mr. Athlete Turned MBB Consultant
GMAT 720, GPA 3.4
Ross | Mr. Civil Rights Lawyer
GMAT 710, GPA 3.62
Stanford GSB | Mr. Co-Founder & Analytics Manager
GMAT 750, GPA 7.4 out of 10.0 - 4th in Class
Cornell Johnson | Ms. Environmental Sustainability
GMAT N/A, GPA 7.08
Cornell Johnson | Mr. Trucking
GMAT 640, GPA 3.82
Ross | Mr. Low GRE Not-For-Profit
GRE 316, GPA 74.04% First Division (No GPA)
Harvard | Mr. Marine Pilot
GMAT 750, GPA 3.98

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Addressing MBA Resume Gaps

Gaps in an MBA resume can cause concern for admissions officers.

But what exactly is the right way to address them in your application? Jessica Chung, former Associate Director of Admissions at UCLA Anderson and admissions coach at Fortuna, offers a few tips on how applicants can effectively address a gap in their MBA resume.

“As an expert coach with Fortuna Admissions, I always advise candidates with this concern not to hide or gloss over it,” Chung writes. “Silence is not a strategy. Hoping your admissions reviewer just won’t notice rarely works and won’t win you any favors.”

BE STRAIGHTFORWARD

The general rule of thumb when it comes to addressing gaps, according to Clear Admit, is to focus on ones that are three months or longer.

When explaining a gap in your resume, Chung says, it’s important to not use excuses but rather, be sincere and straightforward in the reason for the gap.

“Maybe you took time off to start an entrepreneurial venture, initiated a career switch or got laid off,” she writes. “Or maybe illness or other personal circumstances were to blame. Whatever the reason, what’s best is to provide a straightforward explanation versus an excuse.”

Being straightforward, Chung says, will give admissions officers context into your application as a whole.

“You want them to assess your candidacy from a place of understanding as they review your entire application,” she writes. “Express honesty and reflection, with an awareness that your reasoning may alleviate any concerns.”

SHOW GROWTH

It’s okay to have a gap in your resume. What’s more important, Chung says, is to demonstrate the lessons that you’ve learned.

“For example, if you were laid off, perhaps the unexpected break gave you an opportunity for valuable introspection instead of rushing into another job that may or may not be a good fit,” Chung writes. “If you took the time to reassess your career evolution, next steps, and the kind of impact you wanted your next position to have on your career, it can suggest both clarity of purpose and maturity.”

USE THE OPTIONAL ESSAY

Experts say the optional essay is a good place to address gaps in your resume.

While it’s important to offer context, Chung says, make sure to be concise in your explanation.

“Did you spend this time in other meaningful activities, such as studying for the CFA exam or conducting informational interviews with individuals in a role you aspire for? Perhaps you took a gap year immediately after undergraduate studies to volunteer abroad, imparting renewed purpose and ambition, which in turn can provide great insight into your personal development and motivations,” Chung writes.

Sources: Fortuna Admissions, Clear Admit

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