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Ironically there's been no dedicated thread to this. So I thought it would be a good idea to initiate one to discuss best practices about Font/Margins/Length/ECs/what to put and what not to. Please feel free to share your ideas and information. I am personally trying to bring mine to 12pt / 1.0" margin but it is getting extremely tough.

For Resume Books (books created by each Business School for the Graduating MBA class), see these links:

Also:
Should you change/tailor resume for each school: changing-resume-format-for-each-school-87840.html
How to note consulting role on the resume: how-to-note-consulting-role-on-resume-87797.html

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action words reminds me of this file that I always kept on my hard drive from my time at university. Its a great compilation of action words and useful buzz to catch attention of those screening your cv.

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Ironically there's been no dedicated thread to this. So I thought it would be a good idea to initiate one to discuss best practices about Font/Margins/Length/ECs/what to put and what not to. Please feel free to share your ideas and information. I am personally trying to bring mine to 12pt / 1.0" margin but it is getting extremely tough.

Edit, edit, edit. Use action words. Define achievements with tangible values (reduced costs by x%, process time by x days, saved one FTE...)

It has to fit to a page. There is no way any MBA student should not be able to get their resume to one page. If it needs jobs to be dropped at the bottom, roles to be grouped more - whatever, get it to one page.

Especially focus on the "hangers" with two or three words on the next line. and Edit.

Don't include everything about the item - leave people something to want to ask questions about while being impressive, rather than being so clear on what it was they are simply absorbing data.

on a personal tip...

Don't put interests including crochet knitting, fine wine and cheese or stuff like that or I will never interview you.

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Best piece of advice I've seen regarding resumes is to use the formats of the schools you're applying to.
Here's a collection of resume templates:
http://www.mbagameplan.com/mba_resume_samples/

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Ironically there's been no dedicated thread to this. So I thought it would be a good idea to initiate one to discuss best practices about Font/Margins/Length/ECs/what to put and what not to. Please feel free to share your ideas and information. I am personally trying to bring mine to 12pt / 1.0" margin but it is getting extremely tough.

Edit, edit, edit. Use action words. Define achievements with tangible values (reduced costs by x%, process time by x days, saved one FTE...)

It has to fit to a page. There is no way any MBA student should not be able to get their resume to one page. If it needs jobs to be dropped at the bottom, roles to be grouped more - whatever, get it to one page.

Especially focus on the "hangers" with two or three words on the next line. and Edit.

Don't include everything about the item - leave people something to want to ask questions about while being impressive, rather than being so clear on what it was they are simply absorbing data.

on a personal tip...

Don't put interests including crochet knitting, fine wine and cheese or stuff like that or I will never interview you.
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thanks - i had been looking for the tuck resume book for awhile. tuck used to have it on their website, but later took it down.
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It appears that the link to the Darden resume book is broken. Just a heads up.
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It appears that the link to the Darden resume book is broken. Just a heads up.

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MBAFocus.com provides several resume books free of charge. All you have to do is to create a user name and password and request access to these books from the schools. It has more than 20-25 schools whose resumebooks are free of charge. Top schools like H/S/W charge a lot for their resume books. But we can find books of several other good schools free of charge. Notable schools include Chicago Booth, USC, Berkeley, Indiana, ISB, Emory etc.

Check out mbafocus.com

Edit: They have started charging \$300+ for access to one of these! So, to get access to several schools resume books is thousands of dollars!
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I am applying for a Master in International Management in Bocconi University. They want some proof of international experience. Do you think it is appropriate to mention my attendance at Salsa and Kizomba international festivals? Also, I participated in Work and Travel program in the USA. It lasted more than four months. I know they are not connected with management but they provide evidence for some international experience.

Someone more knowledgable than I will hopefully reply, but my 2 cents: You can and should play-up your Work and Travel program in the USA. That's a solid international experience...it is work in another country--that's great. You could artfully spin it any number of ways. You don't necessarily have to 'sell it' as Work and Travel--could simply just explain it as work--you had a short internship abroad to broaden your international profile--while exploring opportunities.

In my opinion, the international Salsa and Kizomba festivals could be worth mentioning to help reinforce the 'international' theme you're ultimately trying to create. Perhaps best listed under "Other Interests, Hobbies, Experiences" as an afterthought...that seems best.
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So does anyone know if the adcoms prefer to see Experience first, then Education on the resume, or vice versa? The Clear Admit resume guide says to list your education first, and I believe the resumes in the Wharton resume book put education first also. However, I've heard from several MBAs that in the admissions process, you should put experience at the top of your resume and education second. Thoughts?

Well, it's flexible. But the rule of thumb is put the most important stuff FIRST (and most important stuff to the lest). So if you are a regular MBA applicant with experience, that's your work, if you are a new graduate applying to HBS 2+2, then it's your education.
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The reason education is first for current students is that is what they are currently doing. It is the most relevant info for the jobs they are applying for. Since you are applying to school and are currently working, always lead with your current or most recent job. If you are a current student in pursuing another grad degree then you can lead with your education profile.
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Where should I put promotions and awards? Should I make a separate section? Currently I just have awards under each accomplishment I've achieved at my job. Thanks in advance!
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3underscore wrote:
rao_1857 wrote:
Ironically there's been no dedicated thread to this. So I thought it would be a good idea to initiate one to discuss best practices about Font/Margins/Length/ECs/what to put and what not to. Please feel free to share your ideas and information. I am personally trying to bring mine to 12pt / 1.0" margin but it is getting extremely tough.

Edit, edit, edit. Use action words. Define achievements with tangible values (reduced costs by x%, process time by x days, saved one FTE...)

It has to fit to a page. There is no way any MBA student should not be able to get their resume to one page. If it needs jobs to be dropped at the bottom, roles to be grouped more - whatever, get it to one page.

Especially focus on the "hangers" with two or three words on the next line. and Edit.

Don't include everything about the item - leave people something to want to ask questions about while being impressive, rather than being so clear on what it was they are simply absorbing data.

on a personal tip...

Don't put interests including crochet knitting, fine wine and cheese or stuff like that or I will never interview you.

Hi Underscore ... thanks for your valuable input. Any suggestions on Font and Margins ?

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Noone really ever checks margins. Run with what you think looks right - definitely don't go too far, but that is a print and look thing. If you get it wrong, they will not care too much and teach you otherwise (plus tear your resume apart so it fits).

Font - I would go really simple. Times, Arial, Helvetica - the really anonymous type face. If electronic, make sure it is an intersystem generic font. Maybe search through here and see some or the business school templates you can find.

Really, it matters little against the content (except if you do something really unconventional).
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Noone really ever checks margins. Run with what you think looks right - definitely don't go too far, but that is a print and look thing. If you get it wrong, they will not care too much and teach you otherwise (plus tear your resume apart so it fits).

Font - I would go really simple. Times, Arial, Helvetica - the really anonymous type face. If electronic, make sure it is an intersystem generic font. Maybe search through here and see some or the business school templates you can find.

Really, it matters little against the content (except if you do something really unconventional).

Perfect!!! Make sense...

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one tip that i found was to make your resume look more "standard". i forget where i found this, but someone had a link to the Tuck business school resume book for their graduating class. i basically copied their format to make my resume look more professional. i suppose if you can get copies of a resume book from the specific schools you're applying to, then you can make the corresponding changes to your resume.
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There are many ways to lay out your CV. Therefore it is important to select the proper format. The standard font size for a CV is 12. Ariel and Time New Roman are both acceptable fonts. A CV should also never exceed two Pages of A4 paper.
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Another CV tip:

Always leave some 'white-space' within the CV. And I'm not just talking about the margins. The reviewer's eyes need a (visual) break too.

You might be able to pack a ton of detail in a huge monolith piece of text. But from a reviewer's perspective, irrespective of the quality of content, it's still a big turn-off.
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09 Mar 2010, 12:53
Quick question:

on mbagameplan, the HBS template lists experience first, then education, then the rest. Doing a google search for the hbs resume format, I end up seeing 2 other examples that have education first and then experience. Anyone know what the 'real' format should be?

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