EducationUSA Mentorship Program


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During this workshop and together with our education consultants and your mentor, you will try to write your resume.




Many graduate schools will request a resume or curriculum vitae. Please see what is the difference between the two and make sure you prepare the one that is required. Resumes and CVs differ in format, content and purpose, so it’s important to know the differences. Most often, you are expected to provide a resume. Yours will need to be focused on your academic background, achievements and strengths. You will also need to include information on employment, activities and your personal interests. Everything will need to be relevant to the program to which you are applying. 




Check what your graduate school requires you to submit – resume or a CV? As we said before, these are different. Most academic institutions may require a CV, which is the longer version of the two. There are a number of sections your CV you can include. If you don’t have information for some of them, don’t worry. Use only the sections that are relevant to your case:


  • Contact Information: Includes your name, address, phone number, and email. You don’t need to put Mr., Mrs. or Ms unless you have Dr. or some other professional title.


  • Educational Background: Indicate the institutions you have attended, the years of attendance, and the degree conferred.


  • Academic Achievements: You can list any honors, awards, papers or thesis your wrote. For both awards and papers, you should add a date and a brief description of topic or criteria or title.


  • Teaching Experience: this is more true for American candidates to graduate programs, or for candidates applying for Ph.D. programs.


  • Research Experience: If you have any, list any work you have done under a faculty member, including the place, dates, topic and if it was published.


  • Publications: In case you have any publications relevant to the field you are pursuing, include date, name and description of content.


  • Professional Experience Outside of Academia: what is your employment history? You can go back 5 years, and include the name and contact information of your  employer, dates, duration, position and duties.


  • Professional Affiliations: You can list any groups or professional societies, what they do and what was your position.


  • References: Since you are going to include recommendation letters, this is not relevant as much.


Keep margins of 1″ all around the document, and keep the font to 12pt. This will make the document easy to read. Left-align the document. It’s important that it can be read with ease. Make sure at least one person reads your “final” version and spell-check it.




Business schools look for a high-impact resume, which is compact and emphasizes progress and achievement. In contrast to an academic graduate school CV (remember CVs are more detailed, more academic, longer), B-schools look usually for a 1-page resume. As always, use powerful language and underline achievements and results, and not just positions held.


Also, don’t forget your resume doesn’t stand alone. It should complement the whole of your application. It should support your essay and the rest of the picture you are presenting to the admissions committee.


Since you are advised to stick to 1-page, don’t waste space on “objective” and don’t include full details such as email, phone, address. It’s all part of your application.


There are many websites providing free advice and templates for resumes. Study them and choose the one that best fits your story. One more piece of advice: provide more context when you list your job and company. For example under the line where you have company and title, include facts and figures about your organization (size, revenue, number of employees) and your specific responsibilities, including number of people supervised (if applicable); budget you oversaw (if applicable). Then, use the bullets under that to describe your achievements and results.


[Job Title], [Company]

Responsible for doing [X] at [Company], an $Xbn company dedicated to [Y].

– Achieved [X], resulting in [Y]

– Achieved [X], resulting in [Y]

– Achieved [X], resulting in [Y]

January 21, 2015

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