Harvard MBA Explains How To Make A Career Switch

Cartoon image of a man wearing a suit looking up at a stack of resumes that is taller than he is.

Tips For MBA Resumes

The MBA resume is a critical. In the application, it acts as a summary of your work, volunteer experience, and education.

“Your MBA resume is also usually the first thing the admissions committee will look at, and serves as an introduction to you; so it’s imperative to make a lasting, positive impression,” Linda Abraham, founder of Accepted Admissions Consulting, writes for P&Q.

But what exactly makes for a good MBA resume? Stacy Blackman, of Stacy Blackman Consulting, recently outlined a few critical elements applicants should include in their MBA resumes.


Blackman stresses the importance of showing career progression in your MBA resume by highlighting promotions or demonstrating how you’ve grown your skillset in a new job.

“For example, if you have worked for the same company for five years but received two promotions, you should highlight all three job titles, with separate dates of employment and descriptions,” Blackman writes. “Those descriptions should reflect increasing levels of responsibility.”


A foundation of leadership is important to MBA admissions officers. Blackman recommends applicants to highlight examples of times when they demonstrated leadership in their MBA resume.

“Show when you united people behind a common goal, made use of other’s talents and abilities, instilled a vision, challenged the status quo, identified a new problem, or prioritized the needs of the organization above personal needs,” Blackman writes.


To make your experiences even more compelling, Blackman recommends that applicants quantify results whenever possible.

“By giving the reader a number, you provide them with the chance to see just what kind of leader you were and will be,” Blackman writes.

Sources: Stacy Blackman Consulting, P&Q

Questions about this article? Email us or leave a comment below.