By Linda Abraham, founder and president of Accepted.com
You want a good MBA application resume, right? WRONG. You want an exceptional MBA application resume. Your resume will likely be the first element of your application that the adcom readers will look at. If you want to wow them during this first impression, then a good resume just won't cut it.
Here are 3 ways to transform your MBA application resume from good to exceptional:
- Create a resume specifically for your MBA application; don't submit a job resume. Those who believe that a resume is a resume, won't think twice about switching a thing or two (if even that) in their job resume and declaring it done for their MBA application. But this is a huge mistake. Your application resume should be written with the academic adcom readers in mind. A job resume will probably include industry-specific or overly technical lingo that's simply inappropriate for a b-school application resume.
- Impart your impact through numbers. What the adcom readers will want to see in your resume is the degree of impact you've had on your fellow students, employees, volunteer members, team members, etc. The best way to express the magnitude of your impact is to describe your past positions and accomplishments with numbers. How many people did you lead? How much money did you raise? What percent of costs did you eliminate? These numbers will clue your reader into the fact that you don't just know how to get things done, but that you know how to go above and beyond and get them done extremely well.
- Edit, edit, and then edit some more. Your resume must be letter-perfect with error-free spelling, grammar, and formatting. Read your resume aloud to listen for mistakes, and then go over it, word-by-word, to make sure that everything is accurate, consistent, and complete. This, of course, goes beyond using your word processor's basic spell check, And the only thing that beats using your own set of eyes, is to recruit (or hire) someone else to read through your resume to make sure it's perfect.
You want to present a picture of your best self – a one-page snapshot that highlights your accomplishments and answers the adcom readers' most important question at the early stages of the application review process: Do I want to read more about this candidate?
Follow these tips and the reader reviewing your MBA admissions resume will give a resounding 'Yes!'
By Linda Abraham, president and founder of Accepted.com, the premier admissions consultancy and essay editing company that has helped applicants around the world gain admissions to over 450+ top schools since 1994. Linda is also the author of the newly-released book MBA Admission for Smarties.