B-School work experience question

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Looking for advice with my M7 b-school application. Since graduating in 2009, my work experience includes 7 months at a boutique consulting firm, year and a half at a boutique/mm bank in s&t and what will be 2.5 years at a large well know AM firm in port management. My question is this: Should I include the 7 months at the consulting firm as part of my work experience on the application, my resume...? The section for work experience on the application (my first choice school that is) clearly states to include work experience you find most meaningful so doesn't explicitly state all has to be included. As for my resume, correct me if im wrong but I believe I can tailor that however I want. I don't mention it in my essay that contains info on my background and path to business school.
Pros- won't leave any gap in work experience (although 7 months could possibly go unnoticed straight from graduation). Firm consulted for operational aspects of banks so could be somewhat spun to be relevant
Cons- look more like a job switcher, not a well known firm, job was basically operations, could appear as if I didn't have a great plan post college

Thanks for the advice

Comments (8)

Jun 19, 2012

I'm no adcomm member but this is a toss up in my opinion. I don't think it really matters one way or another. If it were me I would include but don't feel super passionately about it.

Jun 19, 2012

Yes, you can leave it off assuming you have a reason for being "unemployed". Leave it on if you want to change to consulting.

Jun 19, 2012

I don't think it would be bad to leave it on. You wouldn't show any gaps in employment history, and while you've had 3 jobs, each job you've held for a longer period than the last.

Jun 19, 2012

I would include it as long as you can craft a good story on why you transitioned from consulting to boutique S&T in your essays

Jun 19, 2012

I would consider leaving it off. It doesn't seem like it's adding any real value. If you had a great experience there or learned something really unique, then I would say to use it, but in my opinion, it will just bring up questions as to why you didn't stay very long.

Flip side. You could explain in your essays/interviews that you weren't staffed in the manner you were lead to believe when you were hired. Because of that, you began looking for opportunities that would provide you with a greater amount of professional growth and/or responsibility and that you found the S&T a few months later, which provided that growth and responsibility.

As others have said, it's not the end of the world to mention it, so I could go either way but since you didn't mention it in the essays that you've already written, I would probably lean towards leaving it out.

Mind sharing what schools you are applying to and maybe some of your stats?

Regards

Jun 19, 2012

thanks all. still a little undecided but leaning towards leaving it in and realzing this probably isnt a make or break kind of thing. altho it was a small firm, my 2 engagaments were at BBs so does kind of help to tie my story.

as for my stats

top 30 undergrad
3.7+ gpa, econ major
730 gmat (95%V 80%Q)
travel abroad and charitable extra curriculars...

Columbia ED is my target at the moment. Will send out to the rest of the M7 and NYU if need be should that not work out.

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Jun 19, 2012
Tradin:

thanks all. still a little undecided but leaning towards leaving it in and realzing this probably isnt a make or break kind of thing. altho it was a small firm, my 2 engagaments were at BBs so does kind of help to tie my story.

as for my stats

top 30 undergrad
3.7+ gpa, econ major
730 gmat (95%V 80%Q)
travel abroad and charitable extra curriculars...
.
Columbia ED is my target at the moment. Will send out to the rest of the M7 and NYU if need be should that not work out.

FWIW I think you've got a very good shot at CBS ED. Good luck

Jun 19, 2012
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