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. Your address should take up no more than one line of your resume. Many applicants will “stack” their addresses, using four, five or even six lines, as if they were writing an address on an envelope. Think about how much space you have taken up, if you construct your address like the following:
Assuming you plan to get your resume down to one page, you just wasted six lines of valuable real estate! Instead, how about putting your address on just one line and saving five others for valuable bullets?
And, while we are discussing resume length, 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 point 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.