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MBA Resume

A resume is written communication designed specifically to convey to an employer why you should be hired. Consider it your personal marketing instrument. A good resume will help open the door to an interview.

General hints to keep in mind:

  • Use concise language. Eliminate all extraneous words. Frequently, direct and indirect articles such as “the” and “a” should be omitted. In addition, leave out personal articles such as “I”, “my”, “me” or “our.”

  • Use a legible, 11 or 12 point font. The style of font you choose is one way to give your resume flair and personality. However, we recommend a fairly conservative font, especially if applying for a job in a conservative field. Examples of suggested font styles are Arial, Times New Roman and Garamond.

  • Keep your margins between .5”-1”. Margins do not have to be the same on all sides.

  • Minimize or omit anything that is irrelevant or mundane. Personal and high school information should not go into a resume. Stick to facts, leave opinions and beliefs about your personal qualities for the cover letter.

  • Select and order the major categories (e.g., Work Experience, Education) so that the most relevant information is near the top of your resume where it will receive the majority of the reader's attention. This applies to the statements under each employment entry -- order your statements so that the most relevant and impressive duties and accomplishments are near the top of the bulleted list or paragraph.

  • Your resume must be free of typographical and grammatical errors. Pay special attention to the proper use of capitalization and punctuation. When writing the names of school subjects, do not capitalize the first letter unless they are incorporated in the title of a course (e.g., math; Principles of Math). All languages are capitalized.

  • There is no single correct way to write a resume. Each person will have a unique way to present the information. Therefore, you may receive conflicting advice if you ask several people for their opinions. We suggest you use a single qualified person (such as a PEP counselor, of course!) to critique your resume.

  • Print your resume on 22-25 lb. cotton bond paper. Stick to conservatively colored paper. Always use a laser printer. Digital photocopies may be made from a laser-printed original copy.

  • The length of your resume will usually be one page but no longer than two pages. It is typical for someone who has many relevant work experiences and accomplishments to have a 2-page resume. If your resume is two pages long, make sure your name is on the top of the second

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