Through this video, you will be able to acquaint yourself with certain key guidelines on preparing an impactful MBA Resume. Follow this video closely, as the nuances discussed in the same will help you prepare a strong Resume for the purpose of your MBA Applications.
How to Create an MBA Resume
Whichever program you apply to, it will most likely require you to submit a resume. This resume will be the first thing the admissions committee will see from your application. Hence, it is vital to prepare a good resume, lest a sloppy first impression prejudice the Admissions Committee against you. Here, we will explore how to build, from the ground upwards, an efficient, professional, and, above all, an impressive MBA resume.
To begin with, you must have a solid template. The resume should be a one-page document, unless you have over eight years of work experience. The document should be divided into three clear subsections - education, work experience, and extracurricular activities. If you wish, these may be further divided into sections such as internships or community service.
You will have only a limited amount of space for your resume, so you will have to make the most of it by giving each segment the amount of space it deserves. Your educational history should take up 15% of the resume’s “real estate”; extracurricular activities can take up to 25%, as these may also include volunteer work or important non-professional pursuits that can show off your skills. However, as the MBA is a professional course, it is important that the work experience section should receive the lion’s share of attention - It should comprise roughly 60% of the resume. Remember, that everything must be listed in reverse chronological order.
There will come a time during the application process when you will be required to sell a narrative supporting your candidature, but at the resume stage, the priority is readability and brevity. To make your resume easy to understand, avoid jargon and write plainly. Rather than paragraphs, use bullet points to get information across quickly. Moreover, acronyms can be used to save space but avoid the usage of non-obvious ones. In case the firm you were associated with is not a well known one, always include a short description of the same in italics next to its name.
The major focus of your resume should be to highlight your major roles and responsibilities. Include bullets on all promotions, significant awards or recognition, cross-cultural exposure, and most importantly, leadership experience. If you do bring up leadership experience, you must be sure to mention details like team size, duration of profile etc. There will be time later to describe your experiences in detail but in the case of the resume, avoid going into the nuances of your history and focus on the bare facts. Very importantly, one must not try to pad out the resume with minor achievements for the same will backfire and make the candidate appear desperate to list any and every achievement.
An important practice while creating a resume is to quantify every fact. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, well, in business, a solid numerical figure is like a whole gallery. Wherever possible, try to back up your achievements with figures, such as “Led a team of X number of people.” “Increased revenue by Y%”. This helps ground your claims and make your information easy to process.
This point should go without saying, but poor grammar must be avoided like the plague. No typos, no misspellings, no SMS language, or slang should find a place in a resume and proper sentence structure must be observed. Remember to use periods for the end of all sentences in the resume or to not use them at all. Bad grammar will make you look ill prepared and casual about the whole process and thus maintaining proper grammar is the absolute basic requirement for every part of the application process.
Similarly, formatting is immensely important as well. Your resume needs to be very neat, with proper left and right alignment, suitable and uniform pacing, and no overuse of bold and capital letters. Overusing capitals is generally considered rude, a bit like needlessly raising your voice. You also might want to avoid using tables; they eat up space and are not aesthetically pleasing. On that note, absolutely avoid gaudy colors. The key thing to bear in mind with this resume is professionalism and a ridiculous color scheme is anything but that.