When the admissions board receives your application for an MBA, they will look at your social media posts. The good news is your LinkedIn might have the most weight in their decision. The better news is that you can do something to improve your chances.
To pass admissions for an MBA in Singapore, the board will be looking for traits such as consistency across your online accounts.
Do you appear as your application reads? How does your LinkedIn fit in with your personality? Will you represent the school well if they pick you? Here are some things you can do on LinkedIn to stand a better chance in admissions.
1. Get appropriate recommendations.
LinkedIn is your professional representation. Your recommendations matter. However, soliciting for recommendations can be difficult, and people often tend to only ask their friends.
Unless your friend is an expert in the field you want to pursue, avoid asking their recommendation. People who have supervised you are better qualified when it comes to recommendations on LinkedIn.
2. Include achievements you can quantify.
Do not write statements such as “I developed discipline.” It is much better to weave metrics that are quantifiable into your profile. For example, highlight how much you increased revenues of the organisation you worked at. Cite accolades and awards you have received.
3. Engage the community of your target school.
It is wise to follow the school you hope to join. Be keen to read their posts to get insights into how they operate. As an extra benefit, you will be able to research the programme and keep posted on any announcement relevant to you as an applicant.
While LinkedIn is a professional platform, it is also a social media platform. You can’t ignore the success social media offers. Interact with people and groups that lead conversations in your target areas. It will give you an opportunity to demonstrate your expertise and set yourself apart.
28 Jun 2017
A postgraduate study or degree seems to be a great addition to one’s CV. But are there any tangible benefits from it? Case in point, will it increase your chances of getting hired?
Whether it is a full-time or part-time degree in Singapore or elsewhere, there seems to be some sort of prestige that comes with a postgraduate diploma or certificate. Here is what you should know.
The modern job market is challenging to navigate. There is ample demand for workers and an equally stacked roster of applicants. Competition is fierce and jobseekers need every bit of advantage to set themselves apart. Graduate school finishers are eligible for higher-tier employment because of their skills (and the mastery of said skills). As for higher salaries, postgraduate finishers might not be a lock, but they have a better chance of warranting one.
Many believe that a postgraduate certificate or degree is not just some piece of paper with recommendations on it. All the skills from the undergraduate level are good, but they are far from mastered even in a four or five-year course. A master’s degree builds up on said skills. You can consider postgraduate degree holders as ‘levelled up’ versions of their undergraduate counterparts. They have improved time management skills, self-discipline, and overall maturity.
What Do Employers Think?
Employers are likely to welcome anyone with a postgraduate degree. While it is not automatic, it certainly gives any holder an advantage. Bu they will not stop there. Any employer would want to know what a specific applicant gained from continuing education. Any person can show up with a certificate or a diploma, but fail to back up his or her qualifications. This is not an uncommon occurrence.
In the UK, postgraduate degrees matter most of the time. In fact, the Commission for Employment and Skills states that by 2022, about 1 in 7 jobs (roughly 15 percent) will require a postgraduate degree. Considering that it is only five years down the road, it might be a good time to start going back to school.