Want to make your resume shine? Review the following guidance on format, content, and more.
A Resume, A Snapshot
Your resume is the only document your Tuck interviewer will see prior to interviewing you. Creating a strong first impression is important and having a resume that represents your work impact, skills, interests, and community involvement allows you to highlight specific meaningful aspects of your experience to others. Your resume should be a snapshot of experiences and achievements and show that you have the transferable skills needed to succeed in an academic setting and beyond the classroom. Your resume helps us understand how you align with the accomplished criterion and can be used as a vehicle to highlight the smart, aware, and encouraging criteria as well. This may seem like a heavy lift for a one-page document, but it’s definitely achievable!
Your resume should be limited to one page to allow the reader to navigate to key information quickly. In addition to fitting everything you’d like to highlight on one page, pay attention to the margins (not too narrow), spacing (1.0 suggested), and font size (no smaller than 10 point). Maintain formatting consistency throughout the resume and use white space for easy reading. We do not have a preferred template for candidates to use. However, if you’d like additional guidance on how to best structure and format your resume, including a Tuck resume format template as an example, take a look at our comprehensive resume writing guide.
Quality, not quantity, is key. If you list everything you have done at every job, you’ll end up with a long resume and show a lack of awareness as well. While every resume is unique, the most impactful ones follow a similar formula:
Why is this important? Results rarely carry over from one context to the next. It is highly unlikely that you will need to tackle exactly the same problem at Tuck as you did previously in your career. Your behaviors are transferable skills that can indicate your impact at Tuck and in your professional life, and they help us calibrate across diverse backgrounds and experiences. By providing examples of your behavior, you show us how those impressive results were earned and that your strong performance can be replicated at Tuck and beyond.
Beyond Your Professional Experience
Finally, pay attention to the non-professional part of your resume. The Education and Personal sections of your resume are just as important as the professional section and are used for the same purpose—to showcase your achievements and transferable skills. Use the Education section to show us more than just the school(s) you have attended—we see this information in your application and on your transcript(s). Focus on showing leadership and/or involvement (for instance, clubs or societies that you led), entrepreneurial mindset (clubs and societies that you founded) and evidence of achievement (strong GPA, strong GMAT/GRE, academic or athletic achievements, Deans List, etc.).
Use the Personal section to highlight leadership and/or involvement, achievement (e.g., pastimes that show a commitment to excellence), or a desire to drive change (community contributions, etc.). And if space allows for it, consider adding one or two lines in your personal section that are purely about your interests. This information helps us see more of you, the applicant, and is often used by our interviewers to start small-talk and get to know you better. Be specific when listing interests, so instead of saying that you enjoy “baking and reading," consider writing “mastering sourdough bread baking and reading about Baroque composers.”
We hope this helps you craft a resume that closely reflects your achievements and interests.