By UCLA Anderson October 28, 2016 Leave a Comment

This blog post is part of our weekly "Application Insider" blog post series that provides insider information, tips, and advice about applying to the UCLA Anderson MBA program.



Given the holistic approach to MBA admissions, the resume is a critical component of your application, as it serves as an opportunity to highlight your pre-MBA academic, career and extracurricular experiences. While we require no specific resume format when applying to business school, keep your resume clean, relevant and 1-2 pages maximum. Think about how you can demonstrate accomplishments, leadership and career progression. You want to utilize the resume to showcase your strengths and how you can make an impact in the MBA class and UCLA Anderson as a whole.

Here are some recommended Dos and Don’ts to help guide you as you prepare your application:

  • Use the S-A-R approach. It helps in articulating your achievements in an effective flow.
    • First, state the SITUATION ? mention the challenge/obstacle you had to overcome.
    • Second, address the ACTION you took and the skills it required to solve the issue.
    • Third, provide the RESULTS ? summarize the outcome in a quantifiable manner to show your direct impact.
  • If you have received additional responsibilities, have management experience or obtained a promotion, make sure to clearly show this progression and the additional skills acquired.
  • Your extracurricular involvement helps round out your professional experience and often serves as an indicator of what type of student and/or alum you will be. List your undergraduate and post-grad involvement in the additional section of your resume (include the name of the organization, your position and dates).
  • Do not just list your official job description or duties for each role. Be strategic in your bullet points and make sure they show what you have learned and achieved.
  • Do not simply use industry-specific jargon. You want your reader — regardless of their background — to understand your accomplishments.
  • Do not provide too much information in your resume. Make sure the content is relevant and concise.

Hopefully these guidelines will help you streamline your thought process as you write your resume and prepare your application!


Make sure to check back next week for the next "Application Insider" blog post about WHAT WE LOOK FOR (CORE QUALITIES).


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