The next few episodes are all about MBA resumes! Crafting the perfect MBA resume is a vital part of any great business school application, but a great MBA resume doesn’t necessarily look like you think it does.
And you can find out more about how to specifically create the perfect MBA resume format with this helpful post!
This week, Angela Guido talks about awesome resume formatting: with all the resume hints and tricks to show off your achievements in the best way possible and build an MBA resume to get you into business school.
Come back soon to learn how to avoid resume pitfalls and how to craft brilliant MBA resume bullets and make sure you also check out our awesome post, packed with MBA resume tips, MBA Resume Protocol, and go ahead and download our free MBA resume template too!
Prefer to read? Here’s the transcript:
Hello, everybody, welcome back to MBA Monday, I'm Angela Guido, and today I'm talking about resume formatting. But before I dig into resume formatting, be sure to subscribe to our channel so you don't miss another MBA Monday.
Because I love the number three, as you will no doubt know, if you've watched any of my other videos, I'm going to give you three big fat tips for formatting your MBA resume. And all three of these are a little bit counterintuitive or different from maybe how your resume currently looks, so listen up and see if these tips are useful to you.
3 MBA Resume Tips:
- Number one, more is more. A lot of resume wisdom, including the wisdom that career services will give you once you are into business school, is that you want to have a lot of white space on the page so that the reader doesn't get suffocated by the information. Now, generally speaking, this is good advice and it's especially good advice when you're recruiting for a very specific job where the company is looking to scan your resume in just a few seconds and understand the bottom line: are you basically qualified for this job that hundreds or thousands of other people are applying for? However, applying to business school is a totally different calculus because the MBA is a generalist degree. They're not looking for the people who have any specific qualification. They're looking for the people who are excellent at whatever it is they do and have done. So what that means is that your MBA resume needs to include everything that you've done that's been really, really meaningful. You need to have all of your past jobs that you can fit on the page. You need to have your education experiences, your extracurricular activities, community service, leadership, and even activities and interests. You need to put as much information as possible in your resume so that the school knows that you're accomplished, you're excellent. You're an achiever, and you're someone who strives to challenge yourself and make a difference. Needless to say, all of your bullets need to be couched in terms of results, which is an entirely different topic, which I'm going to talk about in a different MBA Monday. But for now, for the sake of formatting, more is more. So don't cut meaningful experiences, keep them in there. And it's OK if the margins are only one inch all around and it's like a big block of text because they're actually going to read every line. They're going to get to know all of your experiences.
- The second tip for perfect business school resume formatting is to put work first. So almost all of you applying to business school are currently working. Your education was before. So you want to have an overall chronological organization to your resume, which means you want to put your current work experience first, your previous job before that, if you've done significant leadership or extracurricular experience that might get its own section. And then education is almost at the very bottom because we want the resume to make perfect sense chronologically in backwards order.
- Third, and another really important tip related to everything I just said is that you do want to have an extra section at the bottom called “additional”, with activities, personal etc. This is kind of a catchall for all the things about you that are interesting or quirky or worth talking about that don't necessarily fit into work or extracurricular or entrepreneurship or leadership. It's things like running marathons or traveling to thirty-five countries or speaking six languages or being obsessed with chess. Whatever it is that's interesting about you that's something that you've spent some time doing and it's a meaningful part of your life, whether it's a hobby or an activity or anything else, put it in the additional section. That's so important because when you get to the interview – here's a really good tip -when you get to the interview, a lot of interviewers find interviews to be boring or difficult or socially awkward. So the first thing they'll do is they'll look at that bottom section and see if you have anything in common and they see, oh, you're a runner, I'm a runner (not sure of me, mind you), but if you meet someone who is a runner and you're a runner, then you immediately have something to talk about. So, adding that additional section to the bottom of your resume not only rounds out your personality, but it gives you some potential common ground to connect with a vast variety of people as you go through the application process.
You’re Ready To Format A Great MBA Resume!
So those are the three big tips for MBA resume formatting. That's it. Have fun. Next time we'll talk more about, you know, a bunch of other resume stuff. I got a lot to say about resumes. Have a great week, we'll see you next #MBAMonday!