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Bullet or Paragraph Resumes?

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The preponderance of advice online, both for MBA application resumes and employment resumes, is that bullet points are preferable. They constrain the writer to succinctly summarize achievements into single lines and offer a frame of reference for resume readers and interviewers (your third bullet point here, for example).

However, I have noticed that many MBA candidates use paragraph formats on their LinkedIn pages. These are not paragraphs in the normal sense but essentially sentences that could be bullet points arranged into a thematic paragraph. I feel that the linkages between these points align better when arranged in a cohesive paragraph as opposed to individual bullets, but I am concerned that this format is non-traditional and may look like the dreaded 'block of text' which discourages readers. I have noticed the same format in sample resumes on non-MBA school webpages (for example, Harvard Law).

What are people's thoughts on this?

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Hi there,

In my view, bullets are better - since Admissions Committees are spending limited time reviewing applications, it's best to include white space and make the resume as easy as possible to read. Hope this helps!

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New post 16 Jul 2017, 03:32
I would go for bullet resume. It is easier to read to comprehend for adcom. It is not easy task, though. You will take time to construct it, add or delete something and rewrite them many times. Many schools provide samples for resumes in their websites.
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