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MBA Admission Resume

The requirement of resume varies from one institution to another, but most of them ask you to provide a list of your previous jobs (employment history) and/or a copy of your resume. The following paragraph is not meant to explain how to write your resume – there's no shortage of good books on that subject. On the other hands, writing the employment history part of the resume can prove to be a more delicate exercise.

Don't forget the rest of your application! If you draft your employment history (or even your resume) before the rest of the application, it will be easy to loose sight of two essential points:

  • Adapting to the programs concerned: as with the essay and the other parts of your application, it's important that the employment history highlights aspects of your professional background that are particularly relevant to the subjects taught in the programs. It's a matter of reinforcing your past experiences in, for example, team management, or project management for the applications to those programs especially oriented towards the development of these leadership characteristics.

  •  Maintaining coherence with the rest of your application, especially with the essays and letters of recommendation. Your employment history should mention important examples from your professional experience that are mentioned in your essays. Likewise, it's best for your letters of recommendation, especially those from your coworkers and supervisors, to be in line with the descriptions of your professional responsibilities. For that reason, it might be useful to discuss your employment history with the authors of your letters of recommendation; you could even give them a copy of your resume, or better yet, a draft of your employment history. These things are absolutely essential to bear in mind! Of course, don't forget to include.

  • A succinct descriptive list of your employers: just like the presentation of your previous studies, don't hesitate to describe the activities of your employer (sector or industry, products, location, etc.) You may also include, if need be, some figures documenting the company's exports and its rankings in lists like the Fortune Global 500. Doing this can only improve the credibility of your application.

  • A dynamic and original description of your career: in case you haven't already been explicitly asked to provide this according to a specific format on the application, it is best to do so in the resume. A description of your successive jobs should ideally include a summary of your responsibilities, the results you achieved during the time you held the position (with figures, if possible), as well as the main challenges that you faced and were able to overcome.

  •  Concrete examples: it is essential to provide concrete evidence of aspects of your professional experience to ensure the success of your application. Give examples of results you achieved, such as an increase in sales figures, a reduction in costs, or a positive procedural change instigated by your actions, etc. conversely, if you limit yourself to general descriptions of your jobs, it will be difficult to be original. In being concrete, you will be able to narrow the gap between yourself and the other candidates, even if they have held similar jobs with comparable responsibilities. Your resume will carry weight and credibility such that it will be difficult for the admission officers to ignore your application.

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