Jarrett Brandon Early

Sr. Admissions Consultant

Menlo Coaching

Virginia Beach

United States

Net Promoter Score: 10

Consultant Bio

The author of three novels in three years, Jarrett knows how to tell a story. Whether world-building for a fictional universe or helping you craft a masterful business school essay, Jarrett feels most at home when he’s leveraging the power of narrative to connect with a reader—especially when that reader is a member of the AdCom.

Adventurous by nature, Jarrett spent the better part of a decade living and working in Thailand. As the Associate Director and head coach for one of Thailand’s leading admissions consultancies, Jarrett put his talent for storytelling to good use, helping numerous clients construct MBA applications that highlighted their international business experience. 

Since returning to America, Jarrett has further enhanced his ability to craft impactful stories, and his diverse range of experience within the business culture of the US allows him to understand clients from any professional background.  

I want to work with a consultant who knows the MBA—and my target schoolinside and out.

Jarrett has helped hundreds of young professionals land offers at the world’s top programs, including HBS, GSB, Wharton, Kellogg, Columbia, Sloan, LBS, and INSEAD, among many others. 

Thanks to his direct experience with many MBA programs, Jarrett knows how to adjust his clients’ applications to address each program’s unique definition of the ideal MBA candidate. Whether guiding clients through the vastly different essays of HBS, Berkeley, and Fuqua, or preparing clients for the contrasting interview styles of Wharton, Kellogg, and LBS, Jarrett knows exactly what it takes to get into the business school of your dreams.

I want someone who understands non-traditional candidates and the challenges facing international applicants.

Despite working with many clients from the traditional backgrounds of finance, consulting, marketing, and technology, Jarrett has also worked with dozens of clients whose pre-MBA careers would be considered more uncommon. Entrepreneurs, engineers, oil & gas workers, sales professionals, farmers, music producers, athletes, and applicants from family businesses have all won admission under Jarrett’s expert guidance. Moreover, his experiences in Thailand gave Jarrett a deep understanding of MBA admissions from an international perspective and allowed him to become adept at working with non-native English speakers.

I’m looking for an experienced consultant and an experienced business professional.

As the Executive Director of a technology business incubator, Jarrett was exposed to and assisted a variety of startups across industries while collaborating with supporting global corporations. Most recently, while employed with Kenan-Flagler, Jarrett worked closely with companies like Google, Bain, Amazon, McKinsey, Dell, and PwC, learning about expected career trajectories at the firms and the specific skills and backgrounds each company looks for in a potential candidate. Armed with this insider perspective, Jarrett ensures that every client develops goals that are well-defined, ambitious, and, most importantly, realistic.

I’m afraid that my profile is “vanilla,” and I need a consultant who can help me tell my story in a way that won’t put the admissions committee to sleep.

Jarrett thinks that vanilla is a wonderful flavor; it just needs a few toppings to set it off. As a novelist, Jarrett understands that it is the smaller, often overlooked details that add depth and richness to a story. Through several engaging conversations, Jarrett will learn about a client’s life, career, and aspirations, taking note of any details or themes that will help the client’s story stand out. Having worked with numerous clients with almost identical backgrounds, Jarrett has always been able to unearth those details, usually in the form of fears, motivations, obstacles, or hidden talents, that make even the most vanilla story burst with flavor.

Company Information

If you want to do everything you can to win admission to a top MBA program, and you are ready to do the hard work involved in building your profile and creating great applications, Menlo Coaching can help. We have high standards and will push you hard to uncover every detail that will help you to find your voice and tell your story in the most compelling way possible.

You will never have a blind spot when you work with us. We visit campuses, interview admissions directors (see our blog), and employ a network of students to give us candid feedback about their MBA programs. We know the things that aren’t always discussed openly, like how schools manage their rankings, the side channels through which schools receive feedback on applicants, and more.

Our services combine unlimited 1:1 coaching with a self-paced curriculum that allows you to learn the basics in a way that fits your incredibly busy schedule. We also bring you together with other applicants to build your MBA network and keep your motivation high throughout the process.

To ensure the highest quality of service, we accept only a limited number of clients each year so that we can keep a low ratio of clients to coaches. Contact us as soon as you have committed to pursuing an MBA and want to maximize your odds of acceptance.

Menu of Services and Associated Costs

We support applicants across all stages of an MBA application: planning your career goals, selecting schools that will help you achieve those goals, networking effectively with students, staff and alumni, identifying your personal story, and telling it across the many essays, application forms, resumes, and recommendations. Our structured approach means that you’ll always know the answer to the question “What should I be doing NOW to improve my odds of acceptance?”

Our interview preparation combines mock interviews, tailored to each school’s format, with communications training provided by former professional actors. You’ll overcome your interview nerves and will feel confident, authentic and relaxed on the day of the interview.

Even after the interview, we work with you to negotiate your merit-based aid. Although we cannot promise an award for any particular candidate, our clients have received millions of dollars of additional awards based directly on our negotiating strategies.

Finally, we love helping future-year applicants to build their MBA profiles through our “Early Birds” program because taking the right steps now will give you an edge in the competitive application process later.

Location: Virginia Beach United States

Email: jarrett@menlocoaching.com

Website: http://menlocoaching.com/

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P&Q Consultant Reviews

  • Great Service, Quick Responsive Rate, Most Efficient Consultant I've Worked With
    1 month ago
    In the second round, I applied to eight schools, got into six of them, and got into two WLs. I could not have achieved this and gotten into nearly all of my dream schools without Jarret's support and help. I'd say one of the most notable traits of Jarret is his work efficiency and work ethic. He made sure he had his contact open 24/7 so whenever I needed something from him, he could give me support/advice as soon as possible. The advisor was never late on anything during our consultation, and he delivered feedback really quickly. What I also appreciate from this Advisor is his ability to help me tailor my story and truly stand from my perspectives to customize my application strategies in terms ...
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    Class of 2026 Admit
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  • Incredible Guidance Through My MBA Journey
    2 months ago
    I started my MBA process two months before R2 deadlines, incredibly unsure about how the application process worked, and needing someone to help guide me through the process. I got connected to Jarrett, and it was an instant connection on goal alignment from day 1. Jarrett was instrumental in keeping me on track with my essays and providing insightful tips into the differences between the MBA programs I was applying to. While working together, it felt that we were always in lockstep about the upcoming deadlines and tasks needed to be complete between sessions. He took a very daunting process and made everything flow seamlessly and effortlessly. I was selective in the schools that I wanted to apply to: 4 programs within the M7. Ultimately, I ...
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  • Got To My Dream School. 11/10
    4 months ago
    I applied to 8 schools in Round 1, and I didn't have a full understanding of the application process, nor did I have an idea of which schools were a perfect fit for my profile and my goals. I was choosing between 3 consultants; the introductory call with Jarrett was the first and fortunately the last. I immediately realized that I would be very comfortable working with the him, we would get everything done in a short time frame, and in the way I envisioned it. We started to get things done the same week. Jarrett understood my personal story, experience and goals as deeply as possible, we approved a set of schools accordingly (mostly M7), Jarrett was highly professional and ready to support 24/7. In ...
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  • Unbelievable Support & Guidance!! 10/10 Would Recommend
    5 months ago
    Jarrett was the primary consultant that helped me with my MBA applications. He was incredible in helping me understand what elite MBA programs were looking for so that I could refine my story and craft my essays accordingly. Jarrett was flexible, thoughtful, detailed, and strategic in helping me build an application that was both authentic to who I am and specific to each school positioning me to be extremely successful in the application process. He is also just a really great and likeable guy and really cares about his clients. With Jarrett's guidance, I had more success than I could have imagined in the MBA process receiving acceptances to two M7 schools as well as a full scholarship to another T10. I would highly recommend ...
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    Joshua Cohen
    MBA Class of 2026 Admit
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  • THE Difference Maker (6/7 Acceptances)
    2 years ago
    I came to Jarrett just 10 weeks prior to application due dates with a plan to apply to 7 schools. Jarrett was confident that this could not only be done but done well. He immediately organized me around due dates, drafts, and goals and kept me on pace to feel comfortable and confident in every application, interview, and negotiation. Though I came to Jarrett overwhelmed, at no point after we started working together did that feeling return. Jarrett has an incredible talent for seeing “golden threads” where others cannot, gives honest and direct feedback, and responds at all hours of the day with an eagerness to hop on Zoom and work out problems. Ultimately, I was only rejected from 1 out of those 7 schools ...
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    Class of 2025 Admit
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