MBA Resume Format Requirements

MBA Resume Format Requirements

The following specifications pertain to the résumé that you submit for the résumé book.


  • Your résumé must be no longer than one page
  • Use Microsoft Word
  • Use 11 or 12 point font for everything but your name
  • Your left margin should not be less than 1 inch and the rest of the margins, no less than 0.75 inch
  • Use Times New Roman or Arial font
  • It must be in the specified Kelley format
  • Use black ink and plain, cheap white laser quality paper


  • Name: 14 point font, ALL CAPS, centered and in bold.
  • Address/Phone Number/E-mail: Centered under your name.
  • DO NOT include an objective.
  • Use the following three headers: EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, ADDITIONAL (ALL CAPS, bold, and left justified with a line beneath each header extending across the page).
  • Use the “Bottom Border” function to create the line beneath each header.


  • List each university in bold.
  • Under each university, highlight extracurricular activities that demonstrate leadership and initiative.
  • Also include academic achievements (GPA if above 3.7 and GMAT if above 700).


  • List each company name in bold.
  • List each position title in italics.
  • Under each position, highlight your accomplishments, starting each bullet with an action verb.
  • If space is not a limitation, you may want to consider adding a brief parenthetical clause to describe the company, particularly if the company does not have strong name recognition.
  • Experience should be listed in reverse chronological order with no gaps in dates
  • A good guideline to follow is that each position should have no more than 5 bullet statements and each bullet should be no longer than 2 lines.
  • Avoid the use of acronyms and technical terms


  • List all foreign languages you know and indicate whether you are fluent or conversant.
  • Include unique features such as special interests, honors, and achievements, etc.
  • Remember, this section gives you the opportunity to add some personality to your résumé.
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