How to Present Professional Experience in a Resume

An MBA application resume must be focused majorly towards marketing the applicant’s professional, team and leadership skills. The resume must also clearly convey the entrepreneurial initiatives and achievements of the applicant, if any. Now, the point to be considered is that if you do not possess any professional experience, how you go about the resume. In this situation, you should endeavour to highlight any practical experience you may have gained, even if it is just helping your parents or relatives in the family business. Present that as your professional experience! Also, ensure to refrain from including activities pertaining to your hobbies or may be just a part time work engagement, which you may have undertaken to earn a few bucks as your professional experience. An MBA application resume should also focus on the academic excellence as well as extra-curricular achievements of the applicant including sports, cultural events, honorary contribution, etc. as these aspects also represent leadership skills, a virtue highly desirable in a prospective MBA applicant. For more relevant information, refer to How to Prepare Resume for MBA Application and How to Prepare Resume for MS Application.

Applying clear, flawless language coupled with to-the-point content structure and flow, and some calculated presentation of your experience, skills and expertise, your resume will prove to be an absolute winner that will go a long way in winning you your deserved seat at your dream University.

Let us consider a Business Analyst MBA applicant whose responsibilities include conducting primary and secondary research as per client requirement; performing financial and market analysis; conducting market research reports on products and service trends; and SWOT analysis on key market players. Here, quantifying is the key! In the above mentioned example, the applicant should remember to briefly include the result of research and analysis and the effective percentage increase in the profit, if any. Include % and $ signs where possible and required. Explicitly mention the situation, your action for its solution and the outcome. Also remember to make use of strong, active verbs. You may consider replacing “Responsible for” or “Worked” with “Engaged in”, “Led”, “Organized”, “Managed”, “Achieved”, “Delivered”, etc. Remember to use verbs in present tense for current job and past tense for past jobs and projects.

Here are a few useful tips an MBA applicant may put to use while preparing their resume.

  • In case of single employment, you may bucket your project experience according to your initiatives, experience, leadership skills and practices and cross-functional roles in the organization.
  • Narrate your leadership practices, academic excellence and achievements, and extracurricular activities in the achievements and accolades section of your resume. How well you present these will define to the Admission Committee about your future performance as a student and may also enable the Committee to take favourable decision for your candidature.
  • There is always enough and more space and requirement for mentioning your other strengths and skills in your resume. Here, you may include your known languages, technical skills (including computer software, hardware and Internet abilities), honorary work, etc.
  • Last but certainly not the least, your resume is your first and only chance to impress the admission committee of your much desired college/university. Because of the enormous number of resumes received by the committee, they usually scurry through the documents and form an image of the applicant based on the first ten seconds of their rendezvous with the applicant’s resume. This naturally implies that if you aspire to succeed in securing a seat in your desired university, you have to cast a great impression on the admission committee and that too, fast!


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