What needs to be on your CV for MBA applications?

There are many websites suggesting that you need a complete CV overhaul to impress a selection committee but their advice is sometimes debatable. 

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21 Jul 2022

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Which information does the MBA admissions team expect to find on your CV? 



  • Keep it clear, simple and attractive to the eye. 
  • Don’t go over the top with colours or font. 
  • A photo reminds the selection committee who you are after the interview – decide if you want to make it easy for them.
  • 1 or 2 pages maximum. 
  • Do not use full sentences or “I”
  • Favour bullet points where possible
  • Make your key information easily identifiable 
  • Get the right tone - don’t undersell yourself but don’t boast, exaggerate or make false claims. You’re in competition - make your added value stand out. 



Start with your personal details – including age, nationality and gender if your name is ambiguous. 



  • Name of school, city/country, degree (in bold)
  • Add band, GPA and rank in class if known
  • Provide clear start and finish dates
  • Start with highest degree first. 
  • Mention any international exchange programmes



  • Company, city/country, brief description if company is not well known (in bold)
  • Job title
  • Use reverse chronological order
  • Dates of start and end - even if you stayed there for less than a year 
  • Make it clear if it was full time or part time 
  • List your tasks and achievements and quantify where possible
  • Indicate any tasks involving leadership, management or mentoring
  • Do not go into too much technical detail – you are not applying for a job



Mention any training courses you have had.



List any awards, publications, presentations, patents, professional licenses, certifications or volunteer experiences



  • List the countries you have visited (or write “Trips to over 20 countries” etc)
  • Mention again any exchange programmes



List a maximum of 5 diverse pastime activities and include any particular achievements 

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