The one thing to avoid when preparing your Master of Human Resource Management application essay responses

The application requirements for the Ohio State Master of Human Resource Management program are straightforward and are posted here. You do not need to be an HR major to successfully apply to this program – in fact, the program is desired for any major(s). (The most common major we tend to see in the program is psychology.)

When I ask someone why s/he is interested in pursuing a graduate degree in Human Resource Management, a common response is, “Because I like to work with people.” That response may very well be truthful – but the problem with the response is it does not answer the question or – more likely – it is an indication that the person does not know what human resource professionals do.

If you think about it, the vast majority of professions in a wide variety of contexts require that you “work with people.” Below is a tiny sample of professions that involve “working with people:”

  • Teacher
  • Grocery store clerk
  • Program manager
  • Auto mechanic
  • Janitor
  • Waiter/waitress
  • Doctor
  • Lawyer
  • Financial analyst
  • Camp counselor
  • Tax accountant
  • Sales person
  • Actor/actress

All of these professions require those people to “work with people.”

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“Working with people” is not exclusive to HR professionals

Do you see why “I like to work with people” is, by itself, a very poor response to the question, “Why are you interested in pursuing a degree in human resource management?” A better response to that question ties back to what is it that human resource professionals do and connect that to your strengths and interests. Human resource management is a very broad field that includes but is not limited to training and development, retention, staffing, compensation, organizational effectiveness, etc. Research what it is that human resource professionals do. See if you can talk to someone in the field about what s/he does.

Doing this background prep work on your part will help you write a much better essay for your application and give you much more confidence that this is the right decision for your academic and professional career!

 


When should you take the GRE (or GMAT)?

Whether you take the GRE or GMAT for your application, give yourself enough time to prepare adequately.

Whether you take the GRE or GMAT, give yourself enough time to prepare adequately.

For students applying to the Fisher Master of Human Resource Management (“MHRM“) program, a common question is “When should I take the GRE or GMAT?” There are two things you need to be aware of to get the correct answer.

1) What deadline are you shooting for? In other words, by which date do you want to have your application be complete?

It takes at least three weeks for us to get your official scores from the test administrator. Using this info, you work backward – for example, if you want to have a complete application by December 31, you want to take the GMAT or GRE by December 7 (approximately 3 weeks prior to December 31). However …

2) Do you want to build in any “error correction” time for yourself if you do no get the score you like on your first attempt?

The advice in point #1 above is true but only if you plan to take the GMAT or GRE once. The Fisher MHRM program will use your highest total GMAT/GRE scores as part of its application review process. If you want to allow for “error correction” – in other words, you want to allow yourself the option of retaking it a second time to attempt to get a higher score, you need to add (at least) another four weeks to the timeline recommended in point #1. For example, if you want to have a complete application by December 31 and want to give yourself the option of retaking it if you do not like your first score, you want to take the GMAT/GRE by early November (approximately 6 to 7 weeks prior to December 31). Important –> The test administrator requires test takers to wait at least 30 days in between each GMAT/GRE attempt.

Remember that you are welcome (and encouraged) to submit your application materials to us even if you have not already taken the GRE or GMAT. We will hold on to your application materials until we receive your official scores.

Please contact us if you have any questions about your application!

 


3 (plus 1) things to keep in mind when applying to the Fisher MHRM program

Three things to keep in mind when preparing your MHRM application

Be aware of deadlines

Deadlines have a way of sneaking up on you. I recommend taking a look at the deadlines and working backward. If you want to submit your application by December 1, for example, you know that gives you approximately three months or 12 weeks from now until then. You need to be aware of how long each item will take to be completed and submitted to us. Examples include but are not limited to:

GMAT: About two to four weeks will go by from the time you take the GRE or GMAT to the time we get your scores. Accordingly, if you want your scores to be here by December 1, you should plan on taking the GRE or GMAT no later than November 15.

References: How long will your references take to prepare their recommendations for you? Work backwards from December 1 and add an extra couple of weeks or more as “cushion” in case anything unforeseen and unpredicted occurs.

It is OK to submit things “out of order”

You do not need to wait before everything is complete before submitting your application materials. For example, you can submit GRE or GMAT scores before submitting your application. Conversely, you can submit your application before taking the GMAT or GRE. You can submit your application before all your references are received. You can submit your transcripts to us before you submit your application. And so on.

Be very aware of how long things will take to complete/submit when compiling your application materials – and assume it will take longer than you plan

As mentioned earlier, we will not receive your GRE or GMAT scores the day after you sit for the test. Plan for the lag time. Also, your references will need (on average) at least one month to prepare your letters of recommendation.

Bonus –> SPECIAL NOTE TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

TOEFL scores can take a long time to arrive at Ohio State. How long? It varies. It can be anything from several weeks to several months. The delay is almost always due to the TOEFL test administrator. If you are an international student and need to submit TOEFL or IELTS scores, be sure to keep in close touch with the TOEFL or IELTS test administrator.

 


Getting ready to apply for 2015? Here’s what you need to do.

When you are preparing your application for the Fisher Master of Human Resource Management program, please refer to the list of required items. Remember that the admissions committee will only review complete applications.

We do not pre-evaluate candidates/potential applicants. It’s not uncommon for us to receive the following question (or something like it): “My GMAT/GRE is XXX. My TOEFL is XXX. My GPA is XXX. What are my chances of being admitted?” The only way you can find out whether you will be admitted is to apply. If you wish to review statistics on the most recent class (e.g. GMAT or GRE average, GPA average, etc.), click here. The MHRM admissions committee reviews everything in an application to assess admissibility for each applicant. There is no single item that will cause someone to be admitted or be denied admission – everything is reviewed.

Here are some additional tips:

GMAT/GRE

You may submit either GRE or GMAT scores for your application. It’s your choice. Also, it is very OK for you to submit your application prior to taking the GRE or GMAT. Just be sure you take the applicable test by the end of December 2014 to meet most “early” deadlines.

Transcripts

You will need to upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from each and every university (other than Ohio State) you have attended. Even if you just took a single class at a local community college, we will need to upload a scanned copy of an official transcript from that community college. (The upload button is built into the online application.)

You are NOT required to submit transcripts for any grades you earned at The Ohio State University.

TOEFL

I plan on writing another blog post on issues involving the TOEFL but if you are required to submit the TOEFL as part of a complete application, be sure you use the correct institution code for Ohio State University (1592) and that you allow PLENTY of time for the scores to get to us. The TOEFL is regularly the one item that seems to take forever to get to us – if you need to submit the TOEFL, it is your responsibility to ensure the test administrator (ETS) sends us your official TOEFL scores.

The MHRM program also accepts IELTS from those applicants required to submit a test of English proficiency.

References

Your references can be sent to us electronically or via paper. (Additional instructions are in the application on the difference between the two formats.) Note that we will receive your references sooner if you choose electronic. Just be sure to give your recommenders plenty of time to write your references!

Essays

Give yourself enough time to write essays that really reflect you. Do not write generic, plain vanilla essays. Answer the questions that are posed to you in this application. Do not recycle essay responses you are using for any other applications.

We will be posting additional tips for each of the items referenced above throughout the next few months so keep an eye on this blog for updates.

If you have any questions, please let us know!


Fisher MHRM 2015 applications/deadlines are available online

The 2015 Fisher MHRM application is now live and available online.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early – your chances of earning admission and merit-based financial aid are best at the beginning of the application cycle.

Deadlines for Autumn 2015 are listed below:

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS (U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents)

November 14 – Fellowship nomination deadline

December 5 – Financial aid priority deadline

May 29* – Final deadline
*Complete applications received after this date may be reviewed on space available basis.

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INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

November 14 – Fellowship/priority funding deadline

March 20 – Final deadline

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If you are applying for spring 2015, the deadline to submit your application is October 15. (Application for spring term is open only to domestic part time students. If you are full time and/or international, you must apply for autumn semester.)

Over the next few months, please check back on this blog. I will post information that may help you as you prepare to submit your application. Enjoy the rest of your summer in the meantime!

Enjoy summer while it lasts!


2015 application now available online

Announcement – the 2015 application is now available!

The Fisher MHRM application for autumn 2015 is now live and available online.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early – your chances of earning admission and merit-based financial aid are best at the beginning of the application cycle, all else being equal. Your application must be complete before the admissions committee will review it – “complete” is defined as we have received everything required for your application to be complete.

Deadlines for autumn 2015 are listed below:

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS (U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents)

November 14 - Fellowship/priority funding deadline
The Fisher MHRM program participates in the University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship competitions.

December 5 - financial aid (other than fellowship) priority consideration deadline

May 29* - Final deadline
*Complete applications received after this date may be reviewed on space available basis.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

November 14 - Fellowship/priority funding deadline
The Fisher MHRM program participates in the University Fellowship and Graduate Enrichment Fellowship competitions.

March 20 - Final deadline

Over the next few months, please check back on this blog – perhaps bookmark it or add it to your RSS feed. I will post information that may help you as you prepare to submit your application. If you have any questions, please leave a comment or contact us (contact information is posted here).

In the meantime, enjoy the rest of your summer!

There are a few more weeks of summer left this year. Enjoy them!


Application for 2015 to be released soon

The new 2015 application will be released soon. Be on the lookout for it!

The new 2015 application will be released soon. Be on the lookout for it!

We’ve been working diligently on the new application for autumn 2015. I’m happy to announce that it will be posted online here on Monday, July 14, 2014. Although most of the application will be very similar to the application we used for 2014, there will be a few changes to the new application.

Please come back to this blog throughout the next several months on announcements and tips/strategies on applying for the Fisher MHRM program for autumn 2015.


5 tips when submitting your resume with your MHRM application

Take time to craft a good looking resume and it may pay dividends for you.

If you’re applying to the Fisher MHRM program, you need to submit an updated resume as part of your complete application. Your resume says a lot about you.

Here are some tips to submit an effective resume for your application:


1) Make it easy for us to read

I have read some resumes that are all over the place when it comes to format. Spacing is too big or too small. Font size is too big or too small. Font type is hard to read. The list goes on. There are plenty of good professional templates you can use – if you’re unsure which format to use, I recommend a modified version of the one used by Fisher graduate students. Click here for the templates. (Click on RESUME PREPARATION and scroll down for the examples of resumes by program.)

  • Font size: I recommend 12 point
  • Font type: I recommend Times New Roman or Arial or a similar easy-to-read font


2) If the info is relevant, a resume longer than one page is fine

Give us your unabridged version. Do not leave off information if it is relevant for your application. It is ok to submit a resume longer than one page as long as the additional information you submit is relevant to the program to which you are applying. (NOTE: “Hobbies and interests” are not relevant for your resume. This information might be relevant in the context of your essay responses but listing that one of your hobbies is knitting or that you enjoy traveling is not relevant.)

3) You do not need an objective statement
Some formats will recommend you insert an “objective statement” at the top of your resume. For purposes of applying to this program, I recommend you do not include an objective statement. If you are applying for admission to the Fisher Master of Accounting program, I am quite sure that your objective is to be admitted! You do not need to state the obvious.

4) Please
proofred proofread!
It is very easy to miss a misspelling or three. It is very easy to neglect to insert a comma where one is needed. Have someone that you trust review your resume before you submit it with the rest of your application. Submitting a sloppy resume reflects very poorly on the applicant – don’t let this happen to you.

5) References on your resume? Not needed.
I still resumes listing specific references. You are required to submit three references as part of your application. Do not list them separately on your resume. This information is definitely not needed. Also, do not include the phrase “References Available on Request.” It’s not needed.
In summary, put forth as much effort and care with your resume as you do with all other parts of your application. Submit a strong resume and it will reflect well on you.

You only need to do three things to submit your MHRM application

You only need to do three things to submit your application.

I received a great question from a student the other day. He asked me:

If I have all of my application information input, but I am waiting on electronic recommendations to be finalized, am I allowed to submit the application? The tool in the application says that my application is complete, but I am waiting on my references to submit the recommendations and did not know whether or not to submit it.

This is an excellent question. The answer? There are only three things you need to do in order to submit your Fisher MHRM application:

  1. Upload your responses to the essay questions and
  2. Upload your resume and
  3. Identify three people/references for your application.

Essays: Be sure to answer each of the questions fully and completely. Think of each question as one way interviews – the admissions committee has asked you the question … now, provide us with your best response.

Resume: It is permissible to submit a resume longer than one page. I am not implying that you must submit a resume longer than one page but IF you have information that is relevant to your application to this program (e.g. academic honors, awards, scholarships, etc.), do not limit yourself to one page. Do not include irrelevant information (e.g. high school jobs, etc.).

References: To submit your application, your references do not need to have already been submitted. You only need to identify/list three references to submit your application – your references can submit their recommendations at any time.

Everything else required for your application – test scores, transcripts, etc., can be sent to our office before or after you submit your application. (Click here for a list of required application items.) Once your application is complete, the admissions committee will begin to review your file.

So if you have completed your essay responses, have uploaded your resume, and have identified three references for your application, what are you waiting for? Apply now!

 

 

 

 


Online info sessions schedule for autumn semester 2013

Have Qs? Want more information? Sign up for an online info session!

We have scheduled online information sessions for October and November 2013. If you have any questions and/or want more information on the Fisher MHRM program, please sign up for one of the scheduled sessions that work with your schedule.

All times listed are EASTERN TIME ZONE. If you are in a different time zone, click here to determine the time difference between your location at Eastern Time Zone (Columbus OH).

We look forward to seeing you online!


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