Vincent’s Resume Writing Experience: Having changed roles and companies a couple of times already, I had a pretty decent resume that I could build upon for my application. Updating it took me a couple of hours, with most of that work consisting of quantifying my accomplishments and highlighting aspects of my experience that I thought each target school would value (I thus created various versions of my resume for different schools, the same way you would when applying for jobs). I added color to it by emphasizing non-work and non-academic achievements, which actually led to great discussions during my interviews.
Goals : State your short & long term goals. Give an example or two of the type of company you’d like to work at post-MBA as well as the role you hope to interview for.
Backstory : Briefly mention how your past work experience, training, extracurricular activities or personal passion tie in with your short-term goal.
Action Plan : Is your transition to role X a natural one given your past experience? For most people the answer is: not completely. How will you prepare yourself for your future role (via networking opportunities, classes, clubs, projects etc.)?
Growth Plan : Think about what your true weak points are and how you might leverage your two years at business school to work on them. Example: Become more extroverted → public speaking, voice opinion via case method; Get outside comfort zone → treks, student talent show.
Cultural : What about Kellogg really resonates with you? What excites you? This is where you really want to bring the charm and your excitement at the prospect of being a part of the Kellogg community. Mention one thing you might gain and one thing you might contribute.