Accepted.com offers loads of MBA resume tips on how to format and design your application resume. In this post, however, we’re going to focus on three must-know tips on how to compose your MBA resume’s content.
Before we do this, though, I’d like to explain what your MBA resume is and what role it plays in the MBA application process. What IS an MBA Resume Anyway?
First and foremost, the MBA resume is a clear outline of your employment and educational achievements. It is not a forum for talking about your personal life, your hobbies, or even your MBA goals. In most cases, your application resume serves as your introduction to the adcom readers – it is frequently the document that they read first and from which they make their first impression. This is why you should make sure that your resume follows the rules or guidelines set out by your target school.
3 Tips for Better MBA Resume Content
Now that you know what an MBA resume is, you can understand why hitting the nail on the head is so important here. A good resume equals a good first impression; a bad resume…well, you do the math.
The following three tips will help you draw the attention of the adcoms and get them excited to read the rest of your application:
1. Know your strengths – What accomplishments are you most proud of? What are some of your most impressive skills? What achievements have gained you recognition? Answer these questions by conducting a short self interview during which you take stock of your past and current jobs, making a list of the skills you acquired on the job and the specific impacts you had on each organization. Warning: Don’t describe responsibilities that are obvious from the job title; focus on contribution and achievement.
2. Be specific – Each job description you list in your MBA resume should include quantifiable details that illustrate your performance – that is, what you accomplished as well as to what extent – in the position. Instead of “Raised funds during the annual Humanitarian Activism gala event” say “Raised $1.4 million during the annual Humanitarian Activism gala event.” You may also want to include details regarding your role in organizing the event. Quantifiable facts and figures will prove to the adcom that you can deliver.
3. Don’t lie – Obvious to you? Consider yourself particularly ethical. Many applicants think a little resume fudging is normal, but I assure you, it is never a good idea, even something as seemingly small as adding a few months to the time you spent in a particular position or inflating the level of your responsibility “just a bit.” It is wrong (and that should be enough to convince you not to do it), and with today’s networking and easy fact checking, there’s a good chance you’ll be caught…and then dinged for fibbing. Background and reference checks are not just scare tactics; they’re realities.
For more important tips on creating an impactful MBA application resume, please see Accepted.com’s comprehensive advice resource guide, MBA Resume 101.
By Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted.com and author of MBA Admission for Smarties, the premier admissions consultancy and essay editing company that has helped applicants around the world gain admissions to over 450+ top schools since 1994. Visit Acccepted.com for all your MBA admissions consulting needs today!