B7. What elevates a resume to the top of the pile?
Concise language and clear formatting is the number one factor for MBA resumes. You have 20-30 seconds to make an impression, and the overall visual impression is the first and strongest. Start with an action verb. Leave plenty of white space. Make the formatting utterly consistent (e.g., fonts, punctuation).
That language needs to be tailored for the audience - MBA admissions.
Many MBAs also believed in the need to stand out: differentiated from your competition, associated with large brand names, impressive accomplishments, use of numbers, and a clear story of self.
Starting with an action verb was only mentioned a few times, but it's largely assumed that every bullet should start with one.
After that, it gets more murky - there is a wide variety of answers. A truly terrific resume may need to address most of these qualities.
Coherent structure, consistent formatting; White space; Concise language
Starts with an action verb
Concise language, clear formatting, starts with an action verb, uses PAR format (Problem, Action, Result)
Clear story of self; Differentiated from competition
The whole point is to impress people; show it to people who are like the ones you want to impress; are they impressed?
It's about the way they describe what they've done; get me to stop scanning and start reading with a good hook