Resume Building for your MBA Application Part 2 of 3 (Content)

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By Mona Abdel-Halim

This is part 2 of a 3-part series. Make sure to read Part 1 to understand the context.

Do be sure to include content broken down into the following categories:

Education: Be sure to list any relevant education to the opportunity in which you are applying. For instance, if you attended a trade school and it is relevant to the position, it is appropriate to list it. Otherwise, be sure to list any institutes of higher education and degrees earned. Majors and minors are generally good to list, while GPAs are unnecessary in most cases but highly recommended if higher than a 3.5 in a 4.0 scale. The same also goes for standardized exams. If you’re in the top 10%, show it. Otherwise, leave it out.

Professional Experience: Professional experience is typically best when detailed chronologically. This will make following your career trajectory easy for the reviewer and will ensure they have a good understanding of your work experience and what you have achieved over time.

Activities: The purpose of a resume is to provide a reviewer with a snapshot of yourself. Be sure to list any activities you were involved with throughout your professional career. Volunteering, leadership in civic organizations, and other relevant activities are a great way to present a full picture of a well-rounded self.

Honors & Awards: Honors and awards allow an employer to see your accomplishments, and often demonstrate that you are a results-oriented individual, which is crucial to virtually every environment. Be sure to list only those honors or awards that are truly noteworthy.

Other nice to have details include:

Visa Status: If you’re applying to a summer internship or a full-time opportunity, do include this information on resumes for potential employers, but this detail is unnecessary for grad school applications.

NEVER include the following information on your professional resume:

Photo: Including your photo is a sure fire way to land your resume in the trash can. U.S. employers are not allowed to screen candidates based on age, sex, nationality, or looks. So increase your chances by leaving the photo out.

Nationality/Marital & Family Status: Including information such as your nationality, marital, or family status provides information that can be used in a discriminatory fashion by U.S. reviewers. Again these details are another big no, no! This information should be left out. While natives in countries such as China or Korea may be required to include these details, they should be omitted on the U.S version of your resume.

Check back for Part 3 of this series which deals with some more tips and tricks regarding content.

Have you converted your CV into a resume before? What other tips would you share?

Mona Abdel-Halim is the co-founder of, the world’s only resume builder for MBA candidates. You can find Mona and Resunate on Facebook and Twitter.

~Article provided by the courtesy of Kaplan GMAT

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