It’s almost the weekend, and we know you want to set aside those business school applications, take a break, and have some fun. So every Friday we make it our mission to give you a reason not to panic.
Today’s topic: Help, I’m unemployed!
With the Great Recession seemingly outlasting every prediction of an a Great Recovery, a lot of us are still knocking on doors, resume in hand, and not getting any offers. And when those MBA applications ask us about our current employment, it’s no surprise that so many of us start getting anxious.
The economic downturn has been tough for all of us, and admissions committees recognize that. Qualified employees everywhere have been laid off for reasons that have nothing to do with their performance.
So don’t worry if you’re not currently employed. Just make sure to explain why in your essays, and maybe try to get your supervisor from your last job address it in a recommendation letter. When your application essays ask you to describe a challenging time, this experience might actually provide you with some truly interesting content.
As always, focus on the positive. Highlight all the other interesting and constructive ways you’ve spent your extra free time — like community service, or involvement in professional and non-professional organizations. These activities can be just as valuable in the admissions committee’s eyes as your work experience, and the ability to bounce back from adversity is an added bonus.
Have a good weekend!