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Resume Writing Tips for MBA Graduates

17th July 2018

From content to formatting

Applications are an opportunity to show professional and personal characteristics and to use one's own qualifications for an ideal position or an ideal title. Resumes are an integral part of this process, which allows candidates to stand out in the first five to seven seconds that recruiters are researching their qualifications. In a highly competitive market, resume writing skills are not only an asset, they are necessary to help top applicants find coveted jobs and other opportunities.

A strong resume is crucial for business students as MBA recruiters are often looking for specific skills and resources. While the application process may seem daunting, MBA candidates can improve their chances with a few tried and tested resume strategies.

Would you like to create a resume to help you achieve success after your MBA? Read on to find out more about it.

Strong résumés show qualifications and initiative

Top MBA resumes typically include education and professional background as well as industry-specific skills and certifications. When listing these attributes, MBA applicants should highlight not only the breadth of their qualifications, but also the level of initiative.

In addition to qualifications and official titles, applicants may also include brief descriptions of previous business activities, leadership experience, or personal projects - all of which will help demonstrate professional passion as a complement to a more formal education.

A combination of qualification and initiative not only signals the willingness to fill a position, but also the ability to develop at a higher level within a company or organization and to be successful. Applicants should arrange their résumé in terms of increased responsibility and initiative - a trend they are willing to continue in their new position. Candidates are also advised to quantify these accomplishments and list achievements such as sales through years of service.

Employers seek out-of-school engagement and volunteer work

Employers often recruit MBA graduates to fill valuable business team members. Accordingly, candidates should ensure that they are judged not only on their experience or references, but also on their human potential as future employees. Out-of-school engagement is an effective way of demonstrating the "soft skills" that can be found in collaboration and teamwork in the office. Often highlighted through volunteer work, skills such as leadership, communication, tenacity, and patience are vital for future employers.

While all volunteer and extracurricular activities can be important, MBA graduates should highlight the experiences that are relevant to their application - and thus create the clearest possible reference to a possible job title.

Resumes help MBA graduates demonstrate their communication skills

Employers also turn to graduates of MBA programs, among others, to communicate for the company, often under high pressure. Top candidates see their résumés as the first opportunity to convey their communication skills, with succinct portrayals of often complex personal experiences. Bullets, clear language, and action verbs are effective ways to convey these experiences. Of course, applicants should ensure that there are no spelling or grammatical errors in their resume and can choose to print out a draft for final proofreading.

When formatting the résumé, maximum readability should be ensured. There may be a temptation to use flashy fonts, but personal style should be secondary to legible and clean formatting. Applicants can read their résumés with spacing and a combination of bold and italic text. These stylistic accents may seem minor, but they help candidates make the best possible impression even at first glance.


Alexander Damev

Senior Learning & Education Consultant

MBA & Master of Laws programs

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