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Does Salary Information Matter in a Business School Application?

Does Salary Information Matter in a Business School Application?


Recently we received this question from a client: “I’ve noticed that many schools ask you to put your salary history on your resume. What role does this play in the MBA admissions process?”

In short, while it’s easy to get too worried about what your salary says about you as an applicant, it’s a good indicator of how well you’ve performed on the job, and of how valuable you are to your employer. It’s one thing to get a promotion or two, but, at the end of the day, did your employer “show you the money?”


To get a reliable read on how well you’ve performed on the job, MBA admissions officers only have several things to go by: What you say in your essays/resume/interview, what your recommendation writers say, and your salary information. Obviously, you will say you were great, and you will probably only request a letter of recommendation from someone who will say the same thing. This is where your salary information comes in. It provides a sort of indisputable “fact check” to see how much the company really valued you.
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