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Write Powerful Resume for MS / PhD University Applications

The resume’ is one of the key application components while applying for a Graduate school Program & plays a very important role in the Admissions Process. Here, we look at tips & hacks to ensure your resume stands out and makes an impact!

Resume vs CV

  • Resumes are normally used for non-academic roles, typical length of a resume is 1-2 pages & forms a summary of your profile including experience, projects, education & achievements.
  • Applications need a resume.
  • Since the recruiters/ profs normally spend less time in reviewing a resume it is important to ensure it is clean, crisp & concise.
  • CV is normally used while applying for academic roles, grants, fellowships, or research projects. This is a longer more detailed version of a resume and can go 6-7 pages.
  • CV will include detailed information of education, research & professional experience along with synopsis of projects, research work, papers, publications & internships.

Qualities of a Good Resume

  • Keep it short – less than 2 pages
  • Use powerful adjectives & active sentences
  • Highlight achievements, projects & relevant events
  • Provide clear details like dates, numbers, class / team size
  • Think creatively about how your academic experience can be translated into the necessary skills for a non-academic environment.
  • Highlight your strengths.
  • Define objective clearly & in sync with the program
  • List relevant presentations, publications, and papers, but not all.
  • Proof read

Resume Sample Flow

Phone | Email| Social Accounts| Address

1-2 Lines describing your objective & what you intend to do in short & long term.

Latest Education Qualification first including Name of the Degree, University, Location & Grades.
Add Special achievements if any.

Latest Experience first.
Name of the Company, Designation, Location & Timeline.
Short Summary of the role.

Similar to work-ex you can include details of the internships.

Relevant skills that match the program.


  • There’s no need to add columns like date, location, signature
  • References can be added if necessary
  • Exclude details such as Date of Birth, Marital Status, Salary
  • Some applications may need a specific format in terms of spacing, font, length, application number etc., in such cases adhere to the same

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