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Anyone willing to share their successful resume? Or at least formatting/general advice?

I've seen a few post-bschool resume books, but none for b-school applicants.

Thanks in advance.
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For formatting:

  • One page, unless the school specifically says the resume can be longer
  • Generally, the order should be: education, work experience, community involvement/other
  • Avoid jargon. The person reading your resume probably isn't from your industry, and may not even have a business background.
  • Focus more on achievements than responsibilities, and use action verbs. Only include a one-line summary of your job if it's not apparent from your position (e.g. no need to explain the responsibilities of an analyst at a consulting firm)
  • Provide a quantification or size for everything. Saying you increased sales by 10% is more impactful than just saying you increased sales.
  • Don't go crazy playing with margins or font size. Don't go smaller than 10 pt font and use a normal font like Times New Roman or Calibri. Margins should be at least 0.5"

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New post 06 Jun 2010, 07:21
I have another suggestion...I know many times people are told to submit text versions of their resume because a lot of them are scanned by computers. When you submit b-school resumes, you know exactly how it will look (because you'll submit it in a word doc or PDF or whatever more than likely and you'll get to preview it). In this case, do the ad com a favor and format your resume. I do interviewing at work and quite often HR forwards me a resume that is completely devoid of formatting & it's like reading 1-2 pages of blah. To be honest, generally I don't even look at these, they're too hard on the eyes.
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In the suggestion to write a good resume, it is mentioned that the resume should start with the Education details and then the work experience. But i have seen different suggestion on different forums of gmatclub. Some says that we should with work experience and then move on to education. Can someone please help me to understand which one is correct?
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Here are few salient points to keep in mind while writing your resume for MBA Application. Full post here

1. Try to quantify
2. Talk about results your have achieved. Focus on words like “resulting” which will tell the selectors that your work has helped to achieve a certain result. You might like to include something like: Deployed a mobile app for the company, resulting in 10% increase in the internal communication and 25% increase in the salesforce engagement through the app.
3. Articulate it well and keep the points concise and to the point . Always keep it in mind that you have to tell them your story but in such a way that they can understand you as a person and get to see what you bring to the school.
4. Always about people. Show the adcom that you are team player

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Font
Avoid fancy fonts, and instead stick to old-school fonts.Going for size 10 Times New Roman is always going to be safe. Calibri is also a good option as it gives a cleaner look.

Top of your resume
Have your name and contact information placed clearly at top of the resume. Include your email address, mailing address and your contact number. Try to to fit all the contact information in one line. If per chance your resume goes onto a second page, include your name and contact address in the second page as well.

Length of the resume
Keep everything short and precise. Keeping your resume restricted to one page is highly recommended as it helps the officer to scan through your life achievements quickly and easily.

Margins
Maintain atleast 0.7 overall margin. Presence of white space makes it easier to skim through the resume which most evaluators are going to do.

Typos. Avoid them.

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anshuverma88 wrote:
In the suggestion to write a good resume, it is mentioned that the resume should start with the Education details and then the work experience. But i have seen different suggestion on different forums of gmatclub. Some says that we should with work experience and then move on to education. Can someone please help me to understand which one is correct?

anshuverma88, thanks for a great question! Which comes first- the education or the work experience on an MBA resume? And the answer is.... truly it can be either- it somewhat depends on what plays to your strengths. If you went to Harvard undergrad and have a 3.8 GPA there, you might want to lead with education. If you work now at McKinsey in consulting and you went to XXX not well known state college with a GPA of 3.0 or less (I realize not a likely combo for working at McKinsey :) - but you get the idea), then lead with the work experience.

Having read thousands of resumes for MBA admissions, I can promise you the order that you put it in will not be the deciding factor! It will be the quality of the stuff on the resume! So get your accomplishments listed and have metrics to support key accomplishments, work on highlighting involvement in college if you have it, etc. play to your strengths!

If you are looking for R1 2017 applications, now is a great time to do serious work on your resume. We offer hourly coaching or even full packages that include resume review as part of the package and you can work with your counselor to go through as many iterations as needed to get your resume up to snuff for R1. To learn more how Stratus can help, go to this link for a free consult: http://stratusadmissionscounseling.com/ ... b-visitor/

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Thank you so much for the response. I will definitely consider stratus for the help. :)
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New post 20 Mar 2017, 19:28
I have another question on the work experience section of the resume. Can we include the awards and recognitions that we have received while working in the resume?
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