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1 page resume

June 23, 2008

Yes, can you fit your journey so far in one single page ? And decorate it attractively with borders and shadings and bullet points ? And throw in enough power words to make them prominently jump out and grab the adcom’s eyeballs ?

‘Everyone lives by selling something’

So said the wise man R.L.Stevenson. It rings true during every step that I take nowadays towards an MBA application. How good are you at selling yourself ?

Can you fit your product’s worth in one single page ? This is not a trick question, and depending on your answer, there can be only 2 categories in which you can belong –

1. Those who find one page too long – Bravo, you are the quintessential romantic who finds things too trivial to merit a mention on paper, or too valuable to voice your feelings aloud, lest they fall into words on the one page resume. Or, you just might be the latest Twitter fan and just can’t get beyond 140 characters !

2. Those who find one page too short – Congratulations. You have arrived. In the world of MBA, you are the king (or queen). Your life has been a story full of achievements. Or you are too affectionate about every single passing moment in your life. When the world searches on google, you prefer wikipedia.

And yes, if you belong to the third category who nods confidently in affirmation that one page is just right for you, and that your summarization and elaboration skills work well in tandem to create the perfect one page resume – we salute you. Welcome to the market.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 24, 2008 7:35 am

    Nice finding another fall-09 applicant. I agree that a 1 pg resume is a pain in the a**. I m also currently working on it and find it too hard to cut down the length without sacrificing details about my jobs and achievements. We should share some more thoughts about resume building…… c ya arnd…..

  2. June 24, 2008 9:45 pm

    Nice to see your blog, I was wondering what your thoughts are if any on the sheer volume of indian IT professionals applying for mbas.. Most of them have very similar backgrounds and thus have a tendency of getting bracketed/bucketed together, so is it absolutely essential to find atleast one differentiating factor that makes you stand out??

    Also I was wondering about the short term-long term Q?
    Should you be pinpoint specific:
    As an eg: short term: portfolio mgmt with I-bank/boutiques
    Long term: start a hedge fund
    Or beating around the bush and a bit more generalization is good/ok?


  3. ahembeea permalink*
    June 24, 2008 11:06 pm

    Hi Ss, thx for visiting. I hope to answer the question you’ve raised in one of my next posts.
    As for short term/long term goals, I can give you a lot of funda that I’ve collected from the net and from wiser ppl – but I’ll restrain. All I can say is – give it a lot of thought. Be clear with yourself, even before you begin to express urself in the essays/interviews.In one word, soulsearching is what is asked for.

  4. facts permalink
    July 6, 2008 11:13 pm

    excellent blog and posts.
    I wonder about this post. If the single page resume is really the merit to take peole to places. why is this the holy grail secret that can do wonders. I find my life good enough to sahre with others but whats the point in restricting to one page only. My academic achievements cosume half a page, so the life pattern to be shonw is limited to only the rest of is it really worth to restrict it to one page..or shall we think again of moving beyong and writing clearly and explicitly of what we intend to project..

  5. ahembeea permalink*
    July 7, 2008 7:21 am

    Facts – I think a single page is a good enough yardstick. You will highlight things which are most important to you, and practice restrain. Idea is to catch the readers’ attention and tell your story in one page. Nobody today has the time to go beyond the superficial.
    1 page resumes are really the holy grails even for your post MBA careers. Its important that we begin containing ourselves. The resume is only for our milestones, and tries to give a vague idea of the journey that you might have taken.

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