Today is a good day to get started.
If you’re thinking about getting your MBA and you’re planning to apply this year, we’re hoping you’re well into essay-writing mode already.
If that idea has you completely overwhelmed, then one way you can get started is by having someone else do some work. Specifically, that someone could be the ‘Snark. You can dive in with the Comprehensive Profile Review and get an objective view of where you stand. The Comprehensive Profile Review will help you understand your strengths and weaknesses and establish a workable strategy. It will give you a kick in the pants to launch into your applications.
Or the other low-hanging-fruit thing you can do to get your feet wet is look at your resume.
Many people assume they can just submit their regular ol’ resume in their MBA application and call it a day.
Not so, Brave Supplicant.
For starters, many of you have resumes that, how shall we put it, sorta SUCK. You probably could use an overhaul on your resume regardless of the purpose or context.
Secondly, you need to have a one-page resume for bschool. Many of you have wandering behemoths of miscellaneous stuff smushed into multiple pages. You need to fix that.
Take a look at this resume, which we found by pure accident — it was posted in conjunction with a separate article by the guy’s friend, they cross-reviewed each other’s resumes.
Go ahead, go check this out. It’ll appear in a new window. You can review it and come back.
This is the classic example of a resume that can easily be fit onto a single page, and one which would probably be a LOT more effective if it were shorter. Right now, doesn’t it appear like it’s working really hard to fill itself out? Like maybe there isn’t really all that much to report on, but the candidate is stretching and extending in order to do so?
This person graduated from college in 1999, and so he could justify going to two pages if necessary, given his tenure in the workforce (it seems that maybe the MBA was completed on a part-time basis while still working?). However the layout and formatting and overall CONTENT of the resume truly does not warrant taking up two pages of the end-user’s life.
So we offer that as an example.
And for a stronger example of how to present your background and experience and accomplishments, check out the friend’s resume here. That one most definitely deserves the full two pages that it’s occupying.
If you’re eager to get started on your bschool application adventure, one place to begin would be to look at your resume. We also now have The Resume App Accelerator — but this is not a good place to begin the whole purpose of developing your strategy. Instead, you should do the full resume revision process later — last, even. Usually it’s best to go back over the resume at the end of the process, when your essays are done and your recommendations have been submitted. You need the resume to properly reinforces everything that you are presenting in the application itself.
Wait – what are we saying – you should be doing this at the end of the process? The end is … in like 30 days if you’re applying to Harvard or Duke! The end is nigh Brave Supplicant! Hopefully you’re feeling the sense of urgency.