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5 tips for your resume with your graduate business application

Posted by Rob C and Alison M on Aug 25, 2015 4:21:50 PM

Your resume for your graduate business application to the Fisher College of Business may look different than your professional resume (e.g. the one you use for a job search, etc.). Your resume provides information about you that may not appear elsehwere in your application.

Take time to craft a good looking resume and it may pay dividends for you.

Here are some tips to submit an effective resume for your application:

1) Make it easy to read

We have read resumes that are all over the place when it comes to format. Spacing is too big or too small. Font size is too big or too small. Font type is hard to read. The list goes on. There are plenty of good templates you can use – if you’re unsure which format to use, we recommend a modified version of the one used by Fisher graduate students. Click here for the templates. (Scroll down for the examples of resumes by program.)

  • Font size: We recommend 12 point
  • Font type: We recommend Times New Roman or Arial or a similar easy-to-read font

2) If the additional info is relevant, a resume longer than one page is fine

Give us your unabridged version. It is ok to submit a resume longer than one page as long as the additional information you submit is relevant to the program to which you are applying. Examples of things that may be relevant (but do not currrently appear) include academic awards, scholarships received, professional affiliations, etc

3) You do not need an objective statement
Some formats will recommend you insert an “objective statement” at the top of your resume. For purposes of applying to your program, we recommend you do not include an objective statement. If you are applying for admission to the Fisher Master of Accounting program, for example, we are quite sure that your objective is to be admitted! You do not need to state the obvious.

4) Please
 proofred proofread!
It is very easy to miss a misspelling or three. It is very easy to neglect to insert a comma where one is needed. Have someone that you trust review your resume before you submit it with the rest of your application. Submitting something sloppy reflects very poorly on the applicant – don’t let this happen to you.

5) References on your resume? Not needed.
We still see resumes listing specific references. You are required to submit two or three references (depending on the program) as part of your application. Do not list them separately on your resume. This information is already in your application.

Put forth as much effort and care with your resume as you do with all other parts of your application. Submit a strong resume and it will reflect well on you.

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Topics: SMF, Resume, FTMBA, WPMBA, MHRM, MAcc

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