Putting together a résumé for a prestigious Executive Master Program is no less daunting than an application to a top recruiter.

Although most Executive Master Program (EMPBA) don’t require you to create a new resume for the application process, making a few modifications to your current resume can strengthen your candidacy. How you can stand out from thecrowd, and what would like to see applicants doing more often in their résumés.

Illustrate career progression.

EMPBA programs place a significant emphasis on the career progression of candidates. Use your resume to share your career progression through a variety of roles and responsibilities. Using time progression is generally the preferred format.

Include time spent in each position.

If you have changed roles frequently, use months/years so the review team can understand the actual time spent in each position – this will help the committee understand the promotion timelines. If there is significant length (5+ years) in one position, use the bullets to outline increased responsibility during the time period.

Outline the skills built in the role.

Committee members are evaluating candidates based on what the candidates will bring to the program. While everyone has areas of opportunity, use your resume to focus on your strengths and how those will benefit your classmates and the program.

Quantify results.

To provide relative context to your impact on the organization, use quantifiable examples for results. You can consider things such as % increase, $K new business, or 1% error rate. Even things that seem unquantifiable can be re-packaged. Consider 100% project completion rate if you accomplished everything

How can students stand out from the crowd with their Executive Master Program résumé?

We encourage EMPBA applicants to focus on clarity and organization when putting a résumé together.  While the admissions committee is familiar with many different industries, make sure the bigger picture of what you do is not lost in too many details. Review your résumé for dense jargon or acronyms that might be less meaningful to an industry outsider.

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