Most Common Mistakes in MBA Resumes

Most Common Mistakes in MBA Resumes

The resume is a critical component of application process and it demands as much of your attention as your essays do.  It is your first introduction to the Ad Com, so it should be strong enough to drive them to read your essays to learn more about you.

1. Lengthy Resumes with Technical Terms

MBA résumé is different from a job résumé that you write for your prospective employer. The Ad Com of business schools will look at your résumé to evaluate you for career progression, leadership qualities, team-working skills, initiative and other interests or activities of the future business leaders.

So, focus on these skills in a non-technical language that is comprehensible to a non-industry person. As with essays, brevity is the key here. To create a strong one-page, follow the principle of ‘less is more’ and be as concise as you can.

2. Lack of Impact

Many times, applicants create résumés that are simply a list of responsibilities and fail to not show results or accomplishments. Make sure to demonstrate impact and whenever possible, quantify your impact on your company or organization with measurable results or achievements.

3. Failure to Demonstrate Growth

Some applicants who have worked for the same company throughout their career, write the name of their most recent position. This doesn’t give the reader any clue about their professional growth.

In order to demonstrate your career growth, it is vital to list them separately. For example, if you have reached the position of Director Finance and Analytics at a financial services company in seven years, it is imperative that you list all your job positions from financial analyst to the Director of Finance and Analytics in just seven years. But your most recent job should get maximum space.

4. Omitting Additional Information Section

Usually, the applicants get so involved in the details of their professional experience that they tend to ignore extracurricular activities or community service and other interests and hobbies.

The business schools are looking for well-rounded individuals, and not the professionals who have no interests beyond their work. In addition to interests or hobbies and community involvement, the additional information section may also include certifications done, awards won, languages learned.

5. Not mentioning Extra-curricular and Community Work

Under extra-curricular activities section, applicants just write a list of their interests and hobbies. This fails to create an impression. The admission committee needs to know the specifics of your interest.

Instead of ten interests, mention only 3 to 4, but make sure to provide the specifics of your involvement.