Eric Olson is managing director for the MSCM program and oversees the MSCM admissions committee. Eric has reviewed all applications submitted for the MSCM program since its inception and has counseled numerous prospective students on the ideal strategy to develop and deliver a competitive application for the program. Eric knows what makes applications stand out and how applicants can increase their chances of being admitted into the MSCM program.
In these application tips, Eric will share advice on how to put your best application forward. Our online application for the MSCM class of 2015 (starting coursework in January 2015) is live.
Resume/CV Optimization – Your “Baseball Card”
The main objective for the MSCM admissions committee is to get to know each and every applicant. We want to learn about your background, experiences, goals, skills, and ultimately why we are the ideal fit for you, and you for us. Your resume (or CV) is a valuable tool that presents a well-rounded snapshot of your educational and professional experience.
Think of your resume as your “baseball card” — a one-stop shop of the highlights of your career. It showcases your work progression and the knowledge, skills, and abilities you have acquired over time in chronological order.
I know developing a resume is not an easy task. It takes skill and practice. But there are several tricks that I’ve shared with students, applicants, and working professionals over the years that might help you create a resume you are proud of.
- First, keep your audience top of mind. Think about what your audience wants to hear before starting to write. Ask yourself, ‘What do they want to know about me?’
- Second, think about transferable skills. What are the innate features that you think an SCM professional should have? How do they match skills you have – process improvement, teamwork, leadership, results-oriented approach, or an optimization mindset? When articulating experiences in your resume, connect the action you took with the skills that were required to achieve your results.
- Third, write your bullet points in a clearly structured manner. Ideally you should use the “Action/Context/Results” (ACT) or “Situation/Task/Action/Result” (STAR) formats. Some quick research online will get you familiar with them. Whichever one you chose, the key point is that they force you to provide vivid examples. While it’s important to showcase the results of the work you have done, it’s equally important to express “how” you went about doing it and in what context.
We aren’t looking for perfection, but we do want to learn as much about you as we can via the application process. Your “baseball card” is a great tool that can elevate you above the competition. Of course, it does not stand alone; it is married with other elements in your application that help to provide us with a well-rounded picture of you.
If you ever have any questions we are here to help — firstname.lastname@example.org or 734-647-1396. You can also join one of our “App Chats” to learn more about the elements of the MSCM application, what we look for in the application, and where we look for it. Questions are welcome! Our goal is to make sure you are well informed of the application process and elements.