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about resume? [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2006, 18:22
Hi everybody...
I'm preparing for B-school application, and I'm wondering that how come within 1 page, you can write a good resume? I mean, with all the experiences, education, awards (I have some good merit award, should I put them in?), extracurriculums, personal, bla bla bla?...In Ms-word, I use the font size of 10, but don't know whether it's appropriate?
Anyone plz give me some advices about writing a good resume' (according to your personal experiences. I'm holding a lot of books here, but I found that they are very lengthy and unhelpful...)
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2006, 06:53
Mine was 1 page.

It's now 3.

I changed the format completely.

I realized that listing specific technologies or programs known, and day to day duties doesn't say much to an adcom. Chances are, they aren't going to know, or care, what Requisite Pro is (if you are in IT), or SAS (if you are finance), or care if you know Java or C++, or "created distilled chemical bla bla" ...

So now my resume reads - for example...

Instead of

"Lead 3 person analyst team on Req Pro implementation, focused on Use Cases, Functional Specs, ...."

It reads like this:

"Lead three person analyst team on business requirements efforts for publicly traded Fortune 500 firm. Key accomplishments: X, Y, Z"
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 [#permalink] New post 06 Aug 2006, 19:54
I think it's important to keep it to one page... very important in fact. Go to clubs of the various top MBA programs and you can view the resume book of current MBA students... will give you an idea of formats and level of detail that is appropriate. Here's one link, for example. I just redid my resume using these as examples, and it really helped. The bottom line is you just have to cut alot of stuff out, but that's what gives the resume it's punch and power... it's not supposed to be like a CV which is more detailed...

http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/department ... s/resumes/
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2006, 03:30
lackeym77 wrote:
I think it's important to keep it to one page... very important in fact. Go to clubs of the various top MBA programs and you can view the resume book of current MBA students... will give you an idea of formats and level of detail that is appropriate. Here's one link, for example. I just redid my resume using these as examples, and it really helped. The bottom line is you just have to cut alot of stuff out, but that's what gives the resume it's punch and power... it's not supposed to be like a CV which is more detailed...

http://www2.gsb.columbia.edu/department ... s/resumes/


I've always abided by the one page rule for resumes used to obtain jobs, but in my conversations with ex-adcoms at HBS and GSB, they actually suggested against writing a resume in "get a job format" and told me not to worry about a 1 page rule.

In the end, for every person who says 1 page maximum, there will be someone who says 2 pages is ok.

(I dont know why I typed 3 above, mine is 2).
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 [#permalink] New post 07 Aug 2006, 13:02
I have to agree. In general, I believe that the length of the resume should be dictated by the character of one's achivements and accomplishments. There is little point in arbitrarily excluding quality information if it is relevant to bring the resume down to one page. What I have seen, however, is that many applicants include "filler" in their resumes that can easily be trimmed. I concur with the observation about technical detail- many applicants include lists of computer programs that are unlikely to be very informative to the reader of the resume.
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