Checklist MBA Resume – Listed below are items and elements that will help you improve your resume and the way you represent yourself. Use this MBA resume checklist and get the results you want.
All these items are based on research by countless HR experts, HR managers and recruiters.
In order to understand all of the items it is important to read the list completely. Use the checklist below to update your resume and find out, by using this checklist, what items in your resume are not consistent. Change your resume accordingly. You can also use this checklist as an outline in case you just started to create your resume.
- Two (2) pages is the maximum.
- Always use Arial or Calibri block font style. They are clear and simple to read, unlike Roman that can invoke an “out of touch” feeling.
- Use a font size of 11 or bigger. This makes your resume easy to read.
- Use bold only for emphasis or when appropriate.
- They are aware this is your resume, so don’t use “Resume” in your title.
- Layout and format are important for readability. Key information can be found easier.
- Make clear what you have accomplished.
- Always check your spelling! Mistakes make your resume look unprofessional.
- Never put in information that is false, so be honest. Your resume and online profiles (like LinkedIn) should not be contradictory.
- Make sure you don’t use jargon and don’t be vague. Use descriptive words.
- You must avoid acronyms. Abbreviations are better not used.
- Writing in first person is not done.
- Your social security number cannot be mentioned in the resume.
- Never include references. References can change, and they should only be presented upon request.
- Being funny or entertaining, or using pictures or graphics, will not be appreciated.
- Your personal information must be accurate. It must includes your full name, mailing and email addresses and your phone numbers.
- A clear summary of your qualifications and professional objective will be needed.
- It is advised to use strong verbs.
- In case you have lots of experience you should not give details that go back 15 years or more. Avoid less relevant or older information.
- There’s no need for mentioning hobbies in case you’ve been working in the field longer than five years, unless they show some relevance.
- They know that you will provide them with references. So forget about “reference available upon request”.
- Your resume should contain regular and alternative keywords.
- Per job use only two to six statements.
- Avoid mentioning routine tasks and duties that belong to job title and responsibilities, but include accomplishments.
- Accomplishments show the skills performed.
- Include any awards for outstanding performance or results.
- In case other skills cannot be displayed due to job experience, use a skills section.
Your job hunt is of course not only your resume. In order to get a good job as soon as possible, your search must be well planned and thought through.