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eBook 25 Successful MIT Sloan Cover Letters

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The ebook was written to help and inspire applicants to MIT Sloan’s 2-year, MBA program, the MIT Sloan LGO (Leaders for Global Operations) program, and the MIT Sloan Fellows program. It contains 25 well-written cover letters that applicants can draw on with examples from a cross-section of industries and job functions.

This ebook was written to help and inspire applicants to MIT Sloan’s 2-year, MBA program, the MIT Sloan LGO (Leaders for Global Operations) program, and the MIT Sloan Fellows program. It contains 25 well-written cover letters from applicants from a cross-section of industries and job functions.

Unlike the cover letter examples that you might stumble across online, these cover letters do not use generic, business buzz-word-filled content to make the applicant seem important. These cover letters demonstrate the applicant’s true (future) importance to the MIT Sloan community by highlighting past behavior, observations, and insights – something the MIT Sloan admissions committee has long considered a predictor of future behavior and a proxy for admissibility to its programs.

You are purchasing an ebook (PDF download). If you would prefer to purchase a paperback version of this ebook, one is available as ISBN 978-2958387938 on Amazon. Please consult other titles in the MBA & EMBA Application Guide Series such as 25 Successful MBA & EMBA Recommendation Letters and 25 Successful MBA & EMBA Story-based Resumes (forthcoming).

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Leah Derus is an MIT MBA and an MBA and EMBA admissions consultant with a 98% admit rate. She has worked with countless professionals over the years, helping them gain acceptance to top business schools like Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton and transition to top-tier firms.

How? By crafting MBA/EMBA application material (story-based resumes, essays, recommendations and interview material) that conveyed a coherent, desirable, and unique story to the admissions committee. As a story-based resume writer and career coach at resumeSTORY builders, she leverages the same toolkit and exacting standards to help clients write their own tickets in the job market.

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ebook 25 Successful MIT Sloan Cover Letters

part of the MBA & EMBA Application Guide series

$20.00

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The ebook was written to help and inspire applicants to MIT Sloan’s 2-year, MBA program, the MIT Sloan LGO (Leaders for Global Operations) program, and the MIT Sloan Fellows program. It contains 25 well-written cover letters that applicants can draw on with examples from a cross-section of industries and job functions.

The ebook was written to help and inspire applicants to MIT Sloan’s 2-year, MBA program, the MIT Sloan LGO (Leaders for Global Operations) program, and the MIT Sloan Fellows program. It contains 25 well-written cover letters from applicants from a cross-section of industries and job functions.

Unlike the cover letter examples that you might stumble across online, these cover letters do not use generic, business buzz-word-filled content to make the applicant seem important. These cover letters demonstrate the applicant’s true (future) importance to the MIT Sloan community by highlighting past behavior, observations, and insights – something the MIT Sloan admissions committee has long considered a predictor of future behavior and a proxy for admissibility to its programs.

You are purchasing an ebook (PDF download). If you would prefer to purchase a paperback version of this ebook, one is available as ISBN 978-2958387938 on Amazon. Please consult other titles in the MBA & EMBA Application Guide Series such as 25 Successful MBA & EMBA Recommendation Letters and 25 Successful MBA & EMBA Story-based Resumes (forthcoming).

ISBN 978-2958387938

Leah Derus is an MIT MBA and an MBA and EMBA admissions consultant with a 98% admit rate. She has worked with countless professionals over the years, helping them gain acceptance to top business schools like Harvard, Stanford, and Wharton and transition to top-tier firms.

How? By crafting MBA/EMBA application material (story-based resumes, essays, recommendations and interview material) that conveyed a coherent, desirable, and unique story to the admissions committee. As a story-based resume writer and career coach at resumeSTORY builders, she leverages the same toolkit and exacting standards to help clients write their own tickets in the job market.

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Below you’ll find five examples of MIT Sloan Cover letters. The first four are exclusively available online and the fifth is featured in the book, 25 Successful MIT Sloan Cover Letters. A note on word count: As you know, MIT Sloan requests a 300-word cover letter. In the following five examples (and in the cover letters in the book) the 300-word limit is often exceeded. In fact, my two favorite cover letters on this page are the two longest ones I Banking Director, Sloan Fellows Cover Letter and II Investment Banking Analyst, MBA Cover Letter. As long as your cover letter is interesting and engaging to read, you ought to feel comfortable exceeding the word limit by up to 100 words or so (i.e. submitting a 400-word cover letter).

MIT Sloan Cover Letter Prompt

This global leadership development program is a 12-month, full-time MBA program designed to prepare an elite group of global mid-career managers with the management skills necessary to magnify their impact as leaders and innovators. Our guiding principles are to help you develop critical skills essential for future leaders; to instill a spirit of innovation through exceptional opportunities at Sloan and across MIT; to foster a deep spirit of community among Fellows; to provide a breadth of electives and depth through one-on-one relationships with senior faculty; and to offer a flexible curriculum to allow you to tailor the program to meet your specific professional objectives. We accomplish this by maintaining a foundation in our three pillars of: leadership, innovation and global perspective.

Taking the above into consideration please submit a cover letter seeking a place in the MIT Sloan Fellows MBA program. Your letter should conform to a standard business correspondence, include one or more examples that illustrate why you meet the desired criteria and be addressed to the Admissions Committee (300 words or less).

MIT Sloan’s essay (a.k.a the cover letter) is an opportunity for candidates to give the admissions committee a sense of their experiences, personality, and understanding of the school’s core values.

We welcome people who are independent, authentic, and fearlessly creative — true doers. We are as interested in your path to accomplishment as we are in the results that you have attained. We want to know the effect you have on the people with who you engage, and, in turn, how you influence the world around you.

MIT’s motto is mens et manus (mind and hand). There is a definite line of thinking at Sloan which goes, ‘who you are and how you think is best reflected through your actions’. In past application years, Sloan has shown a great interest in candidates’ past behavior as a means to understanding the way they frame the world around them. That makes sense because what makes or breaks a person’s potential as a leader or manager begins with the way they think about, and ultimately frame interpersonal relationships, social situations and group/organizational dynamics and culminates in what they say and do.

Sloan’s admissions committee has always shown an interest in how candidates ‘overcome’ in their professional lives: defying norms, convincing others, making decisions with imperfect information, handling setbacks and moving outside one’s comfort zone. Leveraging a very short cover letter and the optional essay you’ll need to be creative about how you convey those aspects of yourself and your work to the admissions committee.

With such a tight word limit, I can’t stress enough how important it will be for you to carefully organizing your thoughts and determine what information is truly critical before writing your cover letter in the most succinct way possible. In that sense, the new cover letter’s restrictive format provides a means for the admissions committee to identify candidates with strong communication skills – which is a characteristic common to MBA graduates from top programs.

Here are some tips as you sit down to write your MIT Sloan cover letter:

  • Write this essay last. I’ve often drawn on other school essays for inspiration writing the Sloan cover letter.
  • If you’re over the word count, don’t waste precious word count with a sentence like ‘It is my pleasure to write to you today to request that my candidacy be considered for a place in the MIT Sloan MBA class of 2021‘.
  • Don’t just mention what you accomplished, give some additional insight like a) what inspired you to pursue that goal/accomplishment? b) how did other people react? etc.
  • Don’t over-analyze the cover letter prompt. You don’t have to touch on every single point in the prompt. In other words, you needn’t touch on your exceptional intellectual abilities and drive and fearlessly creative attitude and your many cutting-edge ideas etc. There’s just not enough room for that!

I Banking Director, MIT Sloan Fellows Cover Letter Example

This cover letter was written for Andriy, an applicant to MIT Sloan’s Sloan Fellows EMBA program. At the time Andriy worked as a department director at Sense Bank in Kyiv. This cover letter is part of the ebook, 25 Successful MIT Sloan Cover Letters.

 

Andriy Melnyk
Khreschatyk St, 27,
Kyiv, Ukraine, 01001

December 1st, 20XX

MBA Admissions Committee
MIT Sloan School of Management
100 Main Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142

Dear MIT Sloan MBA Admissions Committee Members,

A few years after Ukraine’s independence from the Soviet Union, Dad turned down a plush job with the NHS in the U.K. to instead help rebuild our country’s health system. As a doctor in a Ukrainian state research institute, he got paid at the end of the month, except when he didn’t…which was a regular occurrence. Engulfed in my own adolescent yearning for a new video game console, I couldn’t understand his choice to raise my sisters and me in Kyiv rather than London. Today, as a father myself, I marvel at his conviction. Resilience, a sense of agency…not destiny, and a desire to serve despite personal sacrifice. These were the values I was raised with.

During my career’s first phase, those values translated into acting as a change agent. At Oschadbank, I redesigned the bank’s mobile app increasing online sales by 25% and led the rollout of a new airline miles credit card which is now a leader in its segment.

“We’ve been catering to small and medium enterprise clients too long. Senior leadership wants to broaden our reach”, the head of Sense Bank’s strategy team explained over the phone. The bank was long on ideas and short on resources. This suited me perfectly because I’d always been the sort of person who preferred the challenge of fixing up a rusted vintage car to the easy (but ultimately boring) luxury of a BMW. I accepted the job at Sense Bank and began leading a team of 35 to develop a chatbot that enabled clients to bank via Facebook and other social media platforms – all on a shoestring budget. Next, I spearheaded a new online platform that digitalized the bank’s product offering, including two-hour loan applications (a feature that had initially met with pushback from loan officers).

Technology is great, but organizations are people places with people problems. My team’s changes caused tellers to fear being made redundant. We responded by creating virtual teller roles. Loan officers claimed two hours would never be time enough for the necessary approvals. Bureaucracy had ballooned over time. We slayed it – empowering loan officers, for the first time, to use their sole discretion in extending up to $5,000 in credit.

I’m currently the employee of the year and the youngest department director in the bank’s history. My senior director says I have a bright future there, but I don’t plan to return to Sense Bank post-MBA. Instead, the second phase of my career will find me following in my father’s footsteps, serving people. I want to launch the first Ukranian bank to serve under or unbanked citizens – eventually expanding to Central Asia. Where Oschadbank and Sense Bank better serve the affluent, this new bank will serve the poor: cab drivers who deal in cash, people without collateral who require microloans, or unbanked villagers in the distant countryside.

The holistic and world-class business education at MIT Sloan will be a source of inspiration, wisdom and an opportunity for mutual aid among classmates. I will bring my unique cultural perspective from the Eurasian region, my experience in digital transformation, and most importantly, my desire to think and do in the MIT tradition of mens et manus.

Sincerely,
Andriy Melnyk

II Investment Banking Analyst, MIT Sloan MBA Cover Letter Example

This cover letter was written for Reyna, an applicant to MIT Sloan’s 2-year MBA program. At the time Reyna worked as an analyst at Citibank in Singapore. This is a supplemental cover letter, available online only, and not part of the ebook, 25 Successful MIT Sloan Cover Letters.

 

Reyna dela Cruz
9 Sea Avenue, Apartment 5A
Singapore 424226

October 17th, 20XX

MBA Admissions Committee
MIT Sloan School of Management
100 Main Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142

Dear MIT Sloan MBA Admissions Committee Members,

During my formative years, accountability was a value that my parents emphasized. My father never framed a bad grade as an accident (something my 8-year-old self would have liked) but as the result of one’s actions (or inaction). My parents’ logic produced the intended effect: instilling in me a sense of agency over my life outcomes. I put this to good use when, in junior college, I became class president simply because I’d set my mind to it. This was a real coup considering I’d been the quietest student throughout secondary school.

During my final year at the National University of Singapore, that same sense of agency inspired me to build my own startup. It was a unique situation because my co-founder and I had set our sights on being entrepreneurs before we had a specific business idea in mind. Working backward, we defined some baseline criteria for our future business: a no-frills product with transparent pricing that leveraged digital interaction. Next, we created dummy websites and monitored traffic for our top ten ideas. The winning business was a home renovation service with an online cost estimate feature. Being an entrepreneur was great, but I was in my early 20s and wanted to work in a larger, more international environment where I could benefit from mentoring from seasoned professionals.

At Citibank, I’ve taken a similarly intrapreneurial approach to my work – spearheading stock coverage of the Philippine banking sector, which won praise for its thoroughness and unique methodology. That helped me build a name for myself in the Asian stock analyst community. I’ve also been heavily involved in the community as co-chair of Citibank’s wide-reaching Inclusion Day (attended by 4,000 employees) and as a mentor to teams of young community-minded entrepreneurs since 20XX.

Sloan’s Enterprise Management Track appeals to me because, through its EM Lab, students apply in-classroom instruction to projects sourced from real companies – experiences that would apply to a future consulting career. At Sloan, I’ll take on a leadership role in student organizations like the Water Sports Club (I’m a windsurfer and canoe polo player) and the Investment Management Club (where I can share my experience with interested students). Connecting with Sloan community members has only reinforced my feeling that Sloan’s tradition of creating questions from what others see as the status quo and then persevering to create a concrete answer aligns with my desire to combine mind and hand in my future work.

Sincerely,
Reyna dela Cruz

III Business Intelligence Associate, MIT Sloan MBA Cover Letter Example

This cover letter was written for Mani, an applicant to MIT Sloan’s 2-year MBA program. At the time Mani worked as a business intelligence associate at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, a healthcare provider in Nashville. This is a supplemental cover letter, available online only, and not part of the ebook, 25 Successful MIT Sloan Cover Letters.

 

Mani Sablan
4535 Walton Street
Nashville, TN 37232

September 12th, 20XX

MBA Admissions Committee
MIT Sloan School of Management
100 Main Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142

Dear MIT Sloan MBA Admissions Committee Members,

There’s never been a time in my life when I’ve felt so energized by what I’m doing: impacting patient care by solving practical problems.

When I joined Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) in 20XX, its 20XX initiative to reduce infection rates had only made modest inroads. Tonya West, a senior program manager, and I crafted a new vision of what ‘prevention’ entailed. We then developed a corresponding methodological approach to tackle problems. The process helped me grow as an analyst, leader, and communicator.

I went on to lead a team of data analysts in designing statistical and business tools that revealed (until then overlooked) correlations between prevention strategies and patient outcomes. I also led discussions with the VUMC’s senior-level administrators, clinicians, and staff to develop genuine buy-in. Together, we successfully reduced infection rates throughout the hospital by identifying unexpected culprits, like medical staff brining their morning Starbucks beverage in or near operating rooms.

Smaller hospitals have a real need for the type of in-house consulting work that my team provides to VUMC (a top U.S. medical center). Unfortunately, those hospitals can’t bear the overhead costs associated with such programs. That’s why my long-term goal is to co-found a data-driven service to ensure the highest levels of patient care to even the smallest healthcare providers.

To get there, I’d first like to develop a holistic understanding of the U.S. healthcare industry by joining the healthcare practice at BCG or McKinsey. I could grow into the leader I aspire to be at MIT Sloan where the Action Learning Labs, Media Lab, and emphasis on learning by doing (mens e manus) appeal to me.

Reflecting on my past choices – for example, moving from the small island of Guam to Philadelphia to attend UPenn and co-founding three start-ups – I’d say I’m as much an adventurer as a dreamer. I’m ready to start new adventures and ventures at MIT Sloan and hope to contribute to the Class of 20XX. Thank you for your time and consideration.

Sincerely,
Mani Sablan

IV Business Development Associate, MIT Sloan MBA Cover Letter Example

This cover letter was written for Chiara, an applicant to MIT Sloan’s 2-year MBA program. At the time Chiara worked as a business development associate at Temporal, a SaaS (software as a service) startup in Milan. This is a supplemental cover letter, available online only, and not part of the ebook, 25 Successful MIT Sloan Cover Letters.

 

Chiara Bernardi
Via Gaetano Donizetti, 30
20122 Milan, Italy

December 15th, 20XX

MBA Admissions Committee
MIT Sloan School of Management
100 Main Street
Cambridge, Massachusetts 02142

Dear MIT Sloan MBA Admissions Committee Members,

When I joined my current employer, Temporal, commercialization efforts for our first enterprise software had only begun. The timing was fortuitous, and with the benefit of supportive mentors and a flat organizational structure, I gained cross-functional exposure: raising capital investment, improving our marketing system, and finally integrating the sales team as a business development associate.

While those achievements are mine, the credit belongs to Lisa Kemp, Temporal’s founder. At a time when I was still recovering from Cytomegalovirus, an ear condition that can lead to deafness, Lisa believed in me and gave me a chance to prove myself. While Lisa is adept at seeing potential in ideas and transforming them into successful companies, I admire her most for her remarkable ability to see and nurture the potential in people.

A popular concept is that strength is about extracting the best from others. Lisa taught me that it’s about giving the best of oneself to others. I’ve applied the principle in my work supporting newly diagnosed patients with the Cytomegalovirus Foundation. I’m in awe at how how social media has made such widespread outreach possible.

I’m likewise fascinated by technology and its seemingly endless practical applications. I think that the sort of people who are drawn to Sloan are the ones who don’t want the answers handed to them, but instead want to develop a framework for thinking about problems. I know that’s true in my case, and I would be delighted if you would consider me for a place in the MIT Sloan Class of 20XX.

Sincerely,
Chiara Bernardi

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