Admission Drivers - Legend

Leader/Manager:
Led/managed/recruited people

Team Player/ Relationship Builder:
Worked well with others, built relationships under difficult circumstances

Smart:
GPA/academic distinctions, GMAT, recommender reviews

Initiates:
Initiated successful projects / changes

International/Cultural:
International orientation/experience, cultural sensitivity

Presentation Skills:
Public speaking (large audience is strongest - state the number of people), presenting to senior people, presenting to team

Persuasion Skills:
Persuaded people (senior people in particular)

Community/Society:
Contributed to community/society

Business Skills:
Negotiating, planning, decision making, selling, buying

Source of Career Plan/Program Choice:
Essay ends with something like:
"this experience helped me realize that I want to become the CEO of…"
Or:
"this experience made me realize that I need to do an MBA"
Or:
"this experience made me realize that Wharton is the right school for me"

Promoted:
In most cases, a promotion is a situation where:
A title listed on the resume is more senior than the previous title listed on the resume,
AND in both positions the candidate worked with the same organization OR worked with organizations of similar size in the same industry.

A ''semi-promotion'' (better than nothing!) is an increase in responsibility (manage more people / bigger budget / bigger project, etc.) with no change in title.

Credible Names:
- Association with global brands (employer: Procter & Gamble, or: "negotiated with IBM")
- Association with large local companies ("Canada's second largest cosmetics distributor")
- Association with famous people ("presented to the Secretary of State")
- Association with federal/governmental bodies (employer: the Ministry of Finance)

Story is Unique:
The admission committee is not likely to encounter many such stories