Your resume is a brief overview of your past. As such it is best used to tell the admissions committee about a variety of past experiences in a way that demonstrates career progress. Without stating them directly, you will be able to hint at some skills and knowledge you have gained through these experiences. However, your resume won’t tell anything about your vision of the future, nor will it give much information about your personality. The following are some tips from our resume manual to get you started. For more advice, contact Ivy League about our resume class and custom resume production service.

Function of the Resume: The resume highlights your past experiences, and these experiences in turn point out some of your skills and knowledge.

Tips from our Resume Manual

1. A well-formatted application resume should be:

  • one page long, in which only the best things are shown (quite different from a job resume, which is longer and more thorough)
  • divided into 4 or 5 sections, which is standard format and helps to make your resume easy to read
  • concise, using bullet pointed phrases and including only selected items about your past (a resume is often read in 30-60 seconds so it needs to be exceptionally clear)

2. In addition, an effective application resume :

  • shows growth: it should show, in reverse chronological order, an increase in skills and knowledge, leaving no unexplained gaps of time
  • shows balance: it should contain both professional and personal experiences (more professional than personal, but both are important), and experiences demonstrating a variety of skills and/or knowledge

3. An application resume should not include:

  • Standardized test scores
  • Common office computer skills (Excel, Word, etc.)
  • Height, weight, race or ethnicity, family information
  • Salary (unless it is requested)
  • Photograph
  • The word “Resume” at the top

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