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How do I Write an MBA Curriculum Vitae?

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  • Written By: Donn Saylor
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  • Last Modified Date: 02 November 2018
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To write a proper MBA curriculum vitae (CV), you should identify the job for which you are applying; specify your work experience, skill set, and educational history; and include details that make you stand out among the rest of the qualified applicants. When presented correctly, an MBA curriculum vitae can catch the eyes of potential employers and make you a viable candidate for the position at hand. An applicant's curriculum vitae, which functions as a resume, is used above all other submitted paperwork to conduct applicant screening and to choose the job seekers who will be called in for an interview with an employer. There is, however, far more to composing a resume than just listing your name and contact information.

Your MBA curriculum vitae is your initial introduction to a prospective employer, and you should not take the opportunity lightly; the future of your career could well depend on a properly composed resume. First and foremost, name the position for which you are applying and adapt your resume to fit the needs of the job. Many consider curricula vitae to be the equivalent of job applications. Record your history and education honestly, but only include details that relate directly to the job for which you are applying.

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After you have identified your targeted position, flesh out your MBA curriculum vitae with information regarding your education — high school, college, graduate school, and any additional training you may have — as well as detailed synopsis of your work experience. Do not write long, lengthy paragraphs about what you did for your former employers. Instead, summarize your duties neatly and succinctly. It is highly advisable to keep your MBA CV to one page, but in some instances, two pages may be unavoidable. A resume any longer than two pages should be pared down as much as possible to fit within the one- to two-page range.

You will want to include a rundown of your skills. Again, this should not be a drawn-out explanation of all the talents you possess. You should keep it short and sweet and let your prospective employer know of your unique qualifications for the job. A frequent tactic is the use of bullet points to create a short list of an applicant's strongest attributes and skills.

While you should never cross the line into the overtly personal, you should include data that makes you memorable to a possible employer. Investigate your work and educational history, as well as your skill set, to find those aspects that make you truly unique, and include these when writing your CV. For example, if you were awarded a highly coveted and well-known scholarship for graduate school, include that information on your MBA CV.

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