Mission Admission: Resume Part III – Resume Space Savers

Mission Admission is a series of MBA admission tips; a new one is posted each Tuesday.

Ideally, your resume should be only one page long; admissions committees generally expect and appreciate the conciseness of this format. If you choose to submit a two-page resume or longer, your reader may have difficulty scanning it and identifying (and remembering) important facts. With these space constraints in mind, we offer two fairly straightforward “space saver” ideas:

1. Do not include a mission statement at the beginning of your resume. Your mission in this case is to get into the MBA program to which you are applying—and, of course, the admissions committee already knows this! A mission statement will take up precious space that can be used more effectively for other purposes.

2. Only your name should appear at the top of your resume. You do not need to include your address, email address, gender, marital status, etc., because these data will all be provided in your application form. As with a mission statement, adding this kind of information will take up precious space that can be used more effectively for other purposes.

Please, resist the urge to make your resume fit on one page by shrinking your font or margins. Your font should be no smaller than 10 pt type, and your margins should be no smaller than 1” on either side and 0.75” at the top and bottom. Rather than trying to fit too much information on the page, commit yourself instead to showcasing only your most important accomplishments that best tell your story.

June 21, 2011

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  3. Hi,

    For an applicant who has over 14 years experience, is a 2 page resume recommended? I find it very difficult to fit all experiences on a one page resume.

    V A

  4. Thanks for your comment.

    A one-page resume is appropriate 99% of the time. Remember, the goal of your resume is not to represent every single position and accomplishment throughout your career, but to ensure that the reader is able to quickly digest critical information. So, almost always, a one-page resume is “easily digestible” compared to a two page-resume. There are, of course, always exceptions to the rule…


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