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The Resume, Achievements, and New Job

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Hi all,

Question regarding the resume and achievements to put as bullet points.

I was in a prior position, nailing down some great achievements, which are already detailed out on my resume. Having been planning to apply for part-time programs in Fall 2019 for quite some time now, I have no plans to delay my plans whatsoever. With that being said, I was recently recruited for a new opportunity with a new company, which I accepted and started about three weeks ago.

As I mentioned, I am still planning to carry on and submit my applications as I originally planned, as my new employer 100% supports this, and actually wants me to do so. However, since the opportunity is so new, and I am still acclimating myself to the job, what is the best approach in conveying this on my resume?

Obviously, I would love to list only achievements and not just job responsibilities, but because the job is so new, and I really have not made significant contributions yet, I can only think of bullet points that fall under the realm of day-to-day work, responsibilities, job descriptions, etc. Because some priority application deadlines are fast approaching, I do not think the time is feasible to record significant, quantifiable achievements or accomplishments, and it is really imperative to nail down my resume for upcoming application submissions.

As we all know, the resume for the MBA application is high on quantifiable achievements, something I want to convey as much as possible.

What is the best way to construct bullet points on my resume for this new position, without going overboard on job responsibilities, standard work, etc? What would you recommend as a triage to best craft a solid resume in this regard? Would adcoms view a lack of accomplishments in the position more favorable, given the position is so new? Any advice or recommendations are greatly appreciated.

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sirevd1092 Wow, very difficult situation. Is the job a big step up? If so I would include one maybe two lines, company and then role underneath with the date you accepted. Whereas you would just have years listed for other jobs, in this case do MONTH and year to highlight hello over here this is new.

If not I would be tempted to leave it out for now for the reasons you mentioned. When people have a recent promotion, I kind of pad it under the company name but new company new job that is tough.

I guess my thought is this, is the new company/title cachet worth having zero accomplishment bullets?

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Hi all,

Question regarding the resume and achievements to put as bullet points.

I was in a prior position, nailing down some great achievements, which are already detailed out on my resume. Having been planning to apply for part-time programs in Fall 2019 for quite some time now, I have no plans to delay my plans whatsoever. With that being said, I was recently recruited for a new opportunity with a new company, which I accepted and started about three weeks ago.

As I mentioned, I am still planning to carry on and submit my applications as I originally planned, as my new employer 100% supports this, and actually wants me to do so. However, since the opportunity is so new, and I am still acclimating myself to the job, what is the best approach in conveying this on my resume?

Obviously, I would love to list only achievements and not just job responsibilities, but because the job is so new, and I really have not made significant contributions yet, I can only think of bullet points that fall under the realm of day-to-day work, responsibilities, job descriptions, etc. Because some priority application deadlines are fast approaching, I do not think the time is feasible to record significant, quantifiable achievements or accomplishments, and it is really imperative to nail down my resume for upcoming application submissions.

As we all know, the resume for the MBA application is high on quantifiable achievements, something I want to convey as much as possible.

What is the best way to construct bullet points on my resume for this new position, without going overboard on job responsibilities, standard work, etc? What would you recommend as a triage to best craft a solid resume in this regard? Would adcoms view a lack of accomplishments in the position more favorable, given the position is so new? Any advice or recommendations are greatly appreciated.

Thank you.

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Ok well that answers that about putting it on.

Regarding your idea, I dont advise this - they way I do CVs is the company, under that, job scope statement, under that, bullets of concrete achievements. One of the hugest mistakes people make is putting down job scope statement in bullets mixing them with real accomplishments (should vs. DID; supposed to vs. got it done)

Put down company and job scope statement but don't fake any bullets or try to add window dressing here. You only have one page and there is much to be achieved in that small amount of space in terms of not just jobs but leadership community and a personal flair as well. The fact that it is missing will make them look around and that is why i am telling you to add the month in addition to the year to the date so they *get it.*

Trying to use the CV to discuss alignment with goals will just not work unfortunately - do that in essays and/or addl info.

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Thank you for the information. In terms of including the role, there’s no way I could exclude it from my resume, as the role itself is a step up, and overall, working at this current employer is a great boost to my application (industry specific and where I want to go in my career).

In terms of listing bullet points, I was going to go with the approach of listing significant job responsibilities and how they relate business-wise to my overall career goals. Essentially, I would “exaggerate” the points, in no means as lying or deceitful, but rather just provide as much significance and accomplishment as possible. Sorry if that doesn’t entirely make sense, but do you think that is a good approach?

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