Sunday, October 07, 2007

The real meaning behind MBA resumes

One of the most important things that B-school students learn during their 2 years in college is the art of preparing resumes. They understand that their resume is their biggest self-marketing tool and spruce it up with tons of high-flown adjectives, adverbs and what not to ensure that they come out tops in getting at least a shortlist for an interview. Let us demystify some of the jargons that they use to spruce up their resume after a couple of years of life in IT.

Resume usage: “Core member of a large development project”
Real meaning: Was mostly involved in buying snacks for the team members. Helped out in some minimal documentation when someone was sick in the project…

Resume usage: “Led the business development team to win a large multi-year multi-million dollar proposal … “
Real meaning: Copy pasted over 75% of the proposal from a previous one. When everything else failed, we reduced our rates to such a ridiculous amount that we had to get the deal.

Resume usage: “Helped strategize on the business plan of the practice to focus on new and upcoming areas”
Real meaning: Put up a presentation for the senior management during one of the strategy sessions. PPT shelved into cold storage the next day.

Resume usage: “Underwent an exhaustive training program on strategic leadership”
Real meaning: Went to GRT Grand Days and had an extremely fulfilling buffet lunch. Had a good sleep away from project pains during the training sessions…

Resume usage: “Championed organization activities including recruitment efforts, pre-placement talks etc.”
Real meaning: Was one of the over two hundred panellists in one of our usual mega-recruitment drives when the number of panellists is generally more than the number of candidates.


Archana Raghuram said...

This is a classic Rajiv post. Tell me about MBAs, oof they on halwa :-)

Aiswarya said...

He he, good one!

Liked the first one a lot!

Reading in front, between and after the lines surely helps! :)

Jeeves said...

thank you archana, aiswarya...

Manikandan said...

Hi.nice blog.I am fresh jobseeker.please help me that where can i get
links of free job posts sites.
Thank you.....

Shefali Tripathi Mehta said...

I was having a bad day n thinking of my status as ‘so arbit’ and arbitrarily googled it and voila this! Really nice.
...Has given my heart
A change of mood
And saved some part
Of a day I had rued. (Robert Frost)

varsha said...

A good post on "The real meaning behind MBA resumes".An important point is a resume and cover letter should be the marketing tools that help candidate to land the position that is perfect for him.


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Harish said...

HA HA! This is brilliant! Couldn't connect with this more.

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