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Profile Eval and in need of resume advice [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2011, 17:56
Hi,

Age: 27
Country: USA
Gender: Asian (Chinese/Vietnamese) Male

GMAT: 700

Education: USC, Bachelors of Science Accouting (3.52 Overall GPA, 3.67 Major GPA); Various Community Colleges (4.0) - note that I'm not a transfer student, but just took classes outside of USC given the outrageous tuition.

Work experience

Professional
Licensed CPA; Sitting for the CAIA exam
Big Four Accounting for 2 years
Fortune 100 Media Company in the Cable Television Group

On the Side
I own my own investment company. I studied finance on my own extensively for two years while I was at the Big Four firm (given the resources), and 3 years later, I've got my own company with other partners. The assets under management are in the $1M-$10M category, all fully owned (we invest for ourselves, not others).

Extra-Curricular
While at USC: Four Internships total, one on-campus job, and was a member of several organizations for a long period of time, but no serious leadership. Mentored underclassmen in official programs once I became an upperclassmen for two years.

After USC:

For the past three years, heavily involved with a Non-Profit in several committees, namely for Strategy and Operations; Also helped create a new grant program that utilizes academic research to help support the Non-Profit's efforts in obtaining corporate funding; In the process of researching ROI, ROE to help measure the efficiency with which donated dollars are being spent. I also manage the relationship of the organization with its various partner schools (they perform a civic function in partnership with the organization on certain days of the week) and manage the event (usually has over 100 people per event).

I'm also involved in a Career Mentorship program at USC, and my involvement will be three years at Matriculation.

Before those three years: Was heavily involved in volunteering at my Big Four, and led a fundraising effort that brought in over $2K for a charity. I also was involved in several committees at the Big Four, but nothing special came of it (a committee with no teeth).

I'm not really asking about my chances, since I already know where I stand a good chance to get into (Schools ranked #8-25). Money isn't an issue, so I'm not worried about getting scholarships and what not.

My goal is to eventually build my firm into a Warren Buffett-like machine. The MBA, for me, is a means to that end. It'll help me gain access to an I-Banking job, or a corporate development role where I can further develop my investing/finance skills. You can only do so much on your own.

What I am worried about is the structure of my resume as well as my essays. As you can see, I detailed my involvement with my ECs extensively, not so much with work. However with work, particularly at the Media company, should I detail out my accomplishments, in terms of the escalating responsibilities or should I describe them in monetary terms, such as PL sales managed and profit achieved? Also, what should I emphasize most in my resume, my EC accomplishments or my work accomplishments? I'm dedicated to both and they do take up a lot of my time.

Thank you for your time.

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Re: Profile Eval and in need of resume advice [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2011, 20:15
On your resume, you should always put down actionable items, such as P&L. In your essays, you can be much more subjective and stamp your ideas and perspectives. There's really nothing wrong with writing about your extracurricular activities, but as always, tailor your answer to the actual question being asked. It would be bad if you ONLY talk about extracurriculars, but it would also be bad if you have only your work to talk about. Strike a balance in between - no adcoms need to know the way you divide your life up, but they'll be interested in reading why you want an MBA and what makes you tick.
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Joined: 17 Sep 2010
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Concentration: General Management, Finance
GPA: 3.59
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Re: Profile Eval and in need of resume advice [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2011, 20:58
Thanks Bakfed, much appreciated.

I'm just apprehensive about writing about the PL items, given that I only did the analysis behind them, not the decision making. That obviously falls to the Executives....I would think the adcom/interviewers could see through this?

bakfed wrote:
On your resume, you should always put down actionable items, such as P&L. In your essays, you can be much more subjective and stamp your ideas and perspectives. There's really nothing wrong with writing about your extracurricular activities, but as always, tailor your answer to the actual question being asked. It would be bad if you ONLY talk about extracurriculars, but it would also be bad if you have only your work to talk about. Strike a balance in between - no adcoms need to know the way you divide your life up, but they'll be interested in reading why you want an MBA and what makes you tick.
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Re: Profile Eval and in need of resume advice [#permalink] New post 02 Jul 2011, 23:08
USCTrojan2006 wrote:
Thanks Bakfed, much appreciated.

I'm just apprehensive about writing about the PL items, given that I only did the analysis behind them, not the decision making. That obviously falls to the Executives....I would think the adcom/interviewers could see through this?

bakfed wrote:
On your resume, you should always put down actionable items, such as P&L. In your essays, you can be much more subjective and stamp your ideas and perspectives. There's really nothing wrong with writing about your extracurricular activities, but as always, tailor your answer to the actual question being asked. It would be bad if you ONLY talk about extracurriculars, but it would also be bad if you have only your work to talk about. Strike a balance in between - no adcoms need to know the way you divide your life up, but they'll be interested in reading why you want an MBA and what makes you tick.


truth is, adcoms know that most people have the entry level...since most people just graduated from college and that it's their first job. No matter how glamorous it is, adcoms will know that the "operations manager" will not be making that 200 million dollar deal or whatnot. The point is, it's fine that it's not the top or the best deal, but it's the initiative, the responsibility, the leadership, and the many other things that adcoms are looking for.
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Re: Profile Eval and in need of resume advice   [#permalink] 02 Jul 2011, 23:08
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