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How to write a shortlist-worthy resume for management graduates

By | Aditya

As you must know, there are thousands of management students that graduate every year and each one of them looking for a job as furiously as you. On top of that, there will most likely be other job applicants with work experience as well.So, competition is higher than ever. What can you do to put yourself ahead in the game? The answer lies in writing a strong resume.

Most resumes of newly graduated candidates and even some experienced ones are a complete mess. Take your time and build the perfect management resume and you will be halfway to getting your dream job already.

What you need to do is simply, highlight your unique combination of work experience, education, and interpersonal skills. Most importantly, draw a connection between your abilities and the requirements of the job and see the magic happening.

Including the quintessential sections in your management graduate resume is important:

Writing a shortlist-worthy resume for management graduates demands that you effectively present all the quintessential sections in your resume. You listing your certifications in your resume or talking about your quantifiable achievements can make all the difference between you and other x-y-z management graduates who are eyeing the same coveted job as you.

So given below is a list of all the sections that should feature in your resume:

  • Header: Do not label your resume “CV” or “Resume” as it is implicit in your resume. Always use your full name as your resume header. If you have a middle name, initialize it. Seeing your name on the top-most part of your resume can help distinguish your resume from everyone else’s.


  • Personal Information: Recruiters do not need all the information of your personal life. Details of your email, contact number, and location should suffice. Be extremely careful while presenting this information as a simple typing errormight keep a potential employer from getting in touch with you. The idea is to present everything professionally and this professionalism should reflect in your email ID too. So make sure that instead of writing, you use something more professional and sophisticated such as as your email ID.


  • Profile Title: This ideally reflects your most recent job title but since this is not applicable for a management graduate with no work experience, someone who just graduated from business school should use “Management Graduate” or “MBA Graduate” as their profile title instead.


  • Resume Objective: This is where you talk about how you can be of value to the employer. Show your skills and achievements but be sure to wrap it up in 3-5 lines. As a rule of thumb, compose this section at the end as it makes it easy to cherry-pick your qualifications and professional skills.


  • Key Skills: Being a fresh management graduate, it is your skills that does the bidding for you. Having no relevant work experience, this section is your claim to fame in terms of your job application. Make sure that you do a thoughtful evaluation of past internships and skills that you have picked up at business school, and single them out in this section of your resume.


  • Professional Experience: Don’t have any? It’s okay. We all started somewhere. Mention any paid, unpaid or internship roles you may have held during your studies. While you’re at it, make sure that you don’t use paragraphs to discuss your roles as an intern or a volunteer in the organizations that you have affiliated with in the past.


  • Education: Your education is another important factor that has the potential to help you beat other competing graduates at getting the management role that you have been eye-balling since your grad days. Being from an illustrious school like Harvard Business School can easily give you an upper edge over other management graduates who graduated from a less known business school than you.


  • Certifications: If you don’t have any certifications, get certified! You have vibrant options all over the internet, so make use of them and mention these in your resume.

If you do have certifications, make it a point to list those certifications in your resume because as an entry-level worker, something as basic as proving your basic coding abilities using a relevant certification can give you that added advantage that can help you claim your place in the stars. Think about it.

Who will you choose? A management graduate with nothing but a business school to their name or a management graduate with coding abilities or other relevant certifications? Take your pick!

  • Additional Information: These may not be mandatory, but if you can make these impressive, they seal the deal for you. Here are a few that you can put in or leave out, use your judgment:
    • Honors and Awards
    • Volunteering Experience
    • Hobbies and Interests

Tips & Tricks towriting a resume for Management Graduates:

Now that we’ve covered the basics, get your ducks in a row and pounce on that job that you have been eyeing like a blood-thirsty eagle.

The points that we have mentioned below can help:

  • Incorporate keywords: Before anything, go through the job listing thoroughly and look for keywords. Here, you will find the skills that the recruiter is looking for. You will need these keywords in your key skills sections as they’ll show a prospective employer that you have the skills that they’re looking for. After you do this, sprinkle them throughout yourresume wherever feasible. While you do this, make sure that you do have these skills. Incorporate only those keywords that you can justify using in your resume.


  • Speak in numbers: Every business school demands that you do a relevant summer internship or two. Talk about these in your resume and emphasize on numbers. How many sales did you make? How many campaigns did you leave? How many marketing campaigns benefited the organization you interned with? Think these through and talk about them using numbers in your resume to maximize the impact of your resume.

Eg: Kickstarted 5+ marketing campaigns leading to improved brand visibility by 60%

Using the right format for your management graduate resume matters:

There are presently 3resume format being used in the industry, namely:

  • Reverse Chronological Resume Format
  • Functional Resume Format
  • Combination/Hybrid Resume Format

Let’s eliminate the functional resume format, a skills-based resume format, on the basis that it is not recruiter friendly. It won’t lead you anywhere and you don’t have much skills to brag about anyway.

Let’s also steer clear from combination resume format as it is better suited with senior-level professionals and you barely have any work experience to your name.

This leaves us with the reverse chronological order. This resume format is your best option as it helps you effectively endorse your most recent education and internship experience without having to emphasize on your work experience.

Conclusion & Key Takeaways

As is famously known, recruiters spend 6 seconds to glance at one resume. Their trained eye looks for very specific information on a resume. So, follow this guide religiously to transform those 6 seconds into an interview. Given below are the key takeaways of this blog:

  • Choose the reverse chronological resume format while composing your resume.
  • Do not exceed font size from 10 to 12 points.
  • Smartly include the keywords used in the job description by linking them to your past experiences.
  • Use power verbs to start the points in your professional experience section.

About the Author:
On a quest to help professionals across the world land their dream jobs, Aditya lives and breathes Hiration — a platform to help job-seekers find their way in the treacherous job market — where he’s a Co-Founder and the unofficial CPO (Chief Problem-solving Officer). He likes to code away his days and nights when he’s not busy disrupting the career space.

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