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 resume consisting of two pages or more, 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:
- 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.
- 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 occupy if you present your address in the following format:
138 West 25th Street
New York, NY 10024
You just wasted six lines of valuable real estate! If you plan to whittle your resume down to one page, try putting your address on just one line so you can save five others for valuable bullets.
And, while we are discussing resume length, resist the urge to shrink your font or margins to make your resume fit on one page. 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.