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The resume is probably the most underrated component of your MBA application. With essays, scores, uploads and interviews buzzing around the applicants' head, it is easy to forget that the unglamorous resume is often the most referred document in the application process. Though an average MBA application resume might receive less than 30 seconds per viewing it is referenced by almost every application evaluator. So crafting an effective MBA application resume is as important as developing any other application component. The basic principles of MBA Resume writing are as follows:

Not the usual suspect The career-oriented resume that you have been editing and updating throughout your professional life will prove inadequate while attempting to portray the varied, differing and additional areas of focused interest and achievement in your b-school application resume. Keeping this in mind, use 20%-50% of the resume for emphasizing your academics, community activities and hobbies, and give the professional section just 50%-80% of the space (unlike the 90%-95% you would in a job-oriented resume).

YOU It is about YOU; so focus on YOU in every part of the resume.

Connecting to the essays Your entire application should tell one unified story with a few chosen themes. So, in your resume, reemphasize the specific strengths that you want the ad-com to notice. Your resume should support and accentuate the particular qualities/achievements that are highlighted in your application, especially in the essays.

Layman directed Eliminate technical or industry-specific jargon from your MBA resume. Even in a job-oriented resume or CV, a preponderance of tech jargon is unwelcome; but in an MBA resume (as in the essays) presenting to a lay audience is critical.

Theme ALL communication is about choosing the right themes and presenting them credibly whether it is an essay or a resume. Bear in mind that your MBA application resume should reflect the themes and achievements that will advance your candidature in the business school/s of your choice.

Substantiate Use the right examples (briefly!) to strengthen and substantiate your claims. Quantify whenever possible. Claims without numbers and/or supporting corroboration will lack value.

Brevity  Keep it short. The shorter it is, the more it will be read. Even if the b-school does not specify a maximum length, stick to a single page resume.

Truth Apart from the moral implications, the main issue in not being truthful during the application process, is that the candidate's sincere lack of confidence in his own application will show through. Be honest.


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