5 tips when submitting your resume with your MAcc application

Take time to craft a good looking resume and it may pay dividends for you.

If you’re applying to the Fisher Master of Accounting program, you need to submit an updated resume as part of your complete application. Your resume says a lot about you.

Here are some tips to submit an effective resume for your application:


1) Make it easy for us to read

I have read some resumes that are all over the place when it comes to format. Spacing is too big or too small. Font size is too big or too small. Font type is hard to read. The list goes on. There are plenty of good professional templates you can use – if you’re unsure which format to use, I recommend a modified version of the one used by Fisher graduate students. Click here for the templates. (Click on RESUME PREPARATION and scroll down for the examples of resumes by program.)

  • Font size: I recommend 12 point
  • Font type: I recommend Times New Roman or Arial or a similar easy-to-read font


2) If the info is relevant, a resume longer than one page is fine

Give us your unabridged version. Do not leave off information if it is relevant for your application. It is ok to submit a resume longer than one page as long as the additional information you submit is relevant to the program to which you are applying. (NOTE: “Hobbies and interests” are not relevant for your resume. This information might be relevant in the context of your essay responses but listing that one of your hobbies is knitting or that you enjoy traveling is not relevant.)

3) You do not need an objective statement
Some formats will recommend you insert an “objective statement” at the top of your resume. For purposes of applying to this program, I recommend you do not include an objective statement. If you are applying for admission to the Fisher Master of Accounting program, I am quite sure that your objective is to be admitted! You do not need to state the obvious.

4) Please
proofred proofread!
It is very easy to miss a misspelling or three. It is very easy to neglect to insert a comma where one is needed. Have someone that you trust review your resume before you submit it with the rest of your application. Submitting a sloppy resume reflects very poorly on the applicant – don’t let this happen to you.

5) References on your resume? Not needed.
I still see resumes listing specific references. You are required to submit three references as part of your application. Do not list them separately on your resume. This information is definitely not needed. Also, do not include the phrase “References Available on Request.” It’s not needed.
In summary, put forth as much effort and care with your resume as you do with all other parts of your application. Submit a strong resume and it will reflect well on you.

You only need to do three things to submit your MAcc application

You only need to do three things to submit your application.

I received a great question from a student the other day. He asked me:

If I have all of my application information input, but I am waiting on electronic recommendations to be finalized, am I allowed to submit the application? The tool in the application says that my application is complete, but I am waiting on my references to submit the recommendations and did not know whether or not to submit it.

This is an excellent question. The answer? There are only three things you need to do in order to submit your Fisher MAcc application:

  1. Upload your responses to the essay questions and
  2. Upload your resume and
  3. Identify three people/references for your application.

Essays: Be sure to answer each of the questions fully and completely. Think of each question as one way interviews – the admissions committee has asked you the question … now, provide us with your best response.

Resume: It is permissible to submit a resume longer than one page. I am not implying that you must submit a resume longer than one page but IF you have information that is relevant to your application to this program (e.g. academic honors, awards, scholarships, etc.), do not limit yourself to one page. Do not include irrelevant information (e.g. high school jobs, etc.).

References: To submit your application, your references do not need to have already been submitted. You only need to identify/list three references to submit your application – your references can submit their recommendations at any time.

Everything else required for your application – test scores, transcripts, etc., can be sent to our office before or after you submit your application. (Click here for a list of required application items.) Once your application is complete, the admissions committee will begin to review your file.

So if you have completed your essay responses, have uploaded your resume, and have identified three references for your application, what are you waiting for? Apply now!

 

 

 

 


Online info sessions schedule for autumn semester 2013

Have Qs? Want more information? Sign up for an online info session!

We have scheduled online information sessions for October and November 2013. If you have any questions and/or want more information on the Fisher MAcc program, please sign up for one of the scheduled sessions that work with your schedule.

 

 

 

All times listed are EASTERN TIME ZONE. If you are in a different time zone, click here to determine the time difference between your location at Eastern Time Zone (Columbus OH).

We look forward to seeing you online!


8 tips for 2014 applicants to the Fisher MAcc program

Your application will reflect the amount of time and preparation you put into planning your application.

 

The Fisher MAcc application for 2014 was published online about a month ago and I noticed many people have started their applications.

 

The list of required items for a complete MAcc application is posted here. Please keep the following in mind when preparing your application to this program:

1) Assume test scores (e.g. GMAT, TOEFL, etc.) will take longer to arrive here than you expect.

GMAT scores: Generally speaking, it will take 3 to 4 weeks for the official GMAT scores to arrive in our office from the time you sit for the exam. If you have already sat for the GMAT awhile ago and are requesting your scores to be sent to us, it usually takes 1 to 2 weeks for this to occur.

TOEFL scores: The official scores always take a long time to arrive. I have seen instances where it can take months for official TOEFL scores to arrive here. To avoid any delays, follow this advice: Be sure to use the exact same name on your application as you indicated on the TOEFL. The most common cause for score delay is when your name on the TOEFL does not match up with the name on your application. The difference between the two names could be something as simple as transposed names (e.g. Chabot Robert on the TOEFL and Robert Chabot on the application). Be sure your names on each item match up exactly.

2) Identify and talk to your references nowGive them plenty of time to prepare your letters of reference.

REFERENCES: You are welcome to submit more than three references if you wish – just note that any references beyond the three references you list in the application must use the reference paper form.

3) Determine how you wish to get your transcripts to us and be sure you have all universities/colleges accounted for.

TRANSCRIPTS: i) You need to get one transcript from each university/college you have ever attended and earned college-level credit. ii) You have two options to get transcripts to us. You may either submit one official transcript from each university (e.g. you request each university to send us an official copy) or you may scan/email us an official copy of your transcripts. If you choose to scan/email the transcripts to us, please note you must scan both sides of each transcript page.

4) Prepare your essay responses ahead of time – give yourself plenty of time to write good responses to each essay question.

ESSAYS: You will upload your essay responses as either WORD or PDF documents. There is no reason you should submit your first draft responses to each essay question. Ask a friend to proofread it for you. Check grammar and spelling. Treat your essays like you would treat a resume you are preparing for a job interview.

5) Submit the unabridged version of your resume.

RESUME: It is very acceptable to submit a resume longer than one page. If it is relevant information, we want to know about it.

6) Be aware of deadlines. Be sure to submit all required materials to us so that they arrive in our office by the applicable deadline.

DEADLINES: Do not contact my office the day before a deadline and ask “Is it OK if I submit a partial application and get the rest of it to you after the deadline?” The answer is “Any application completed after a deadline will be placed in the next deadline pool.” In other words, if you submit an incomplete application by Deadline 1 but your application is not complete until after Deadline 1 but before Deadline 2, we will consider your application complete by Deadline 2, not by Deadline 1.

7) Ensure the contact information in your application is accurate when you submit your application.

CONTACT INFORMATION: For most routine and important communications, my office will attempt to contact you via email. Be sure the email address you list in your application is accurate/correct and is an email address you check regularly.

8) Are you an international applicant? Please be aware of the 3rd party transcript evaluation requirement. And be aware it can take 6 weeks to complete this process.

COURSE BY COURSE EVALUATIONApplicants who earned or are in process of earning degrees from universities outside of the United States must also have a course-by-course evaluation of their transcripts by an approved credential evaluator and have that report sent to our admissions office. Currently, the Fisher MAcc program accepts credential evaluations from ECE or WES. This process can take six weeks to complete.

I will post additional advice throughout the upcoming admissions cycle. Please check back here throughout the next few months as you prepare to submit your MAcc application!

 

 

 

 

 


The 2014 Fisher (Ohio State) MAcc application is available now

Announcement – the 2014 application is now available!

The Fisher MAcc application for the 2014-2015 academic year is now live and available online.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so we encourage you to apply early – your chances of earning admission and merit-based financial aid are best at the beginning of the application cycle, all else being equal.

Deadlines for Autumn 2014 are listed below:

DOMESTIC APPLICANTS (U.S. citizens and U.S. permanent residents)

December 20 - Fellowship/priority funding deadline

May 15* - Final deadline
*Complete applications received after this date will be reviewed on space available basis.

INTERNATIONAL APPLICANTS

November 1 - Fellowship/priority funding deadline

February 14 - Final deadline

Over the next few months, please check back on this blog – perhaps bookmark it or add it to your RSS feed. I will post information that may help you as you prepare to submit your application. If you have any questions, please leave a comment or contact us (contact information is posted here).

Enjoy the rest of your summer in the meantime!

There are a few more weeks of summer left this year. Enjoy them!


External scholarships – apply early and often

There are scholarships you can apply to – apply early and often!

If you are seeking scholarship opportunities for the Fisher MAcc program, be sure to check your eligibility to apply for an AICPA scholarship. The majority of the scholarships have an April 1 application deadline. Scholarships include (but are not limited to):

  • The John L. Carey Scholarship: provides financial assistance to liberal arts and other non-business related degree holders who are pursuing graduate studies in accounting and the CPA designation. Amount: $5,000/year
  • The AICPA Minority Scholarship: provides awards to outstanding undergraduate and graduate minority students who plan to pursue the CPA licensure. Amount: $3,000/year
  • The AICPA/Accountemps Student Scholarship: provides financial assistance to accounting majors who plan to become CPAs. Amount: $2,500/year

The above three are but one of many scholarships that are out there. My advice – apply early (pay close attention to application processes and deadlines) and often.

Several Fisher MAcc students have received these scholarships in the past so, if you’re eligible to apply, please do so!


ApplyYourself vs Buckeyelink

If you have created an application account for the MAcc program and have started working on your application, you have been using a system called ApplyYourself (“AY“). This screen shot should look familiar when you log in:

Screen shot of application in progress

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Once you submit your application to the MAcc program, you will continue to visit AY to review your application checklist – this will tell you whether we have received your transcripts, your test scores, your letters of recommendation or any other application materials that were not submitted with your online application form.

Soon after submitting your application, you will receive an email from The Ohio State University that provides your OSU ID and OSU ID password. This information will be used to log into the Buckeyelink to check your application status as it pertains to a DECISION on your completed application. This site will be updated to indicate whether your application is in review, been approved for admission, been denied, or whether a decision has been deferred until a later date (wait listed):

For Fisher MAcc applicants, this application status button on Buckeyelink is not where you go to make sure we have received your application materials. This is where you go to check on the status of your completed application.

To summarize:

Check AY to check the status of your application that has been submitted but not yet complete.

  • In other words, until your application is complete, check AY.

Check Buckeyelink to check the status of your application that has been submitted and is complete.

  • In other words, after your application is complete, check Buckeyelink.

 

Good luck!


“Have you received my …?” : Keeping the US Postal System busy (and vice versa)

We are being weighed down by a lot of mail. One of the results of the Fisher MAcc program being nationally ranked!

“I mailed my transcripts last week, did you get them?”

As a top ranked graduate accounting program, the Fisher MAcc application office is inundated with transcripts, GMAT scores, and applications this time of year. MAcc staff is working tirelessly to make sure applications are complete for review.

If you have e-mailed us and we have not returned your e-mail, please note that the MAcc email inbox is steeped with requests about whether or not applications materials have been received. It will take us several days (or more) for us to reply. Additionally, please note that it can take a few weeks for the staff members to update your status online. The best way to keep up with your application is to check your ApplyYourself account (read this blog post for a refresher). After all, if we are busy answering e-mails, who is going to process your application? At minimum, wait at least 7 days from the time you submit your application before you contact the office to check on status.

Last, we have received many requests asking if the admissions committee can review an application without official scores. The MAcc program will not make decisions based upon scanned and uploaded copies of required test scores (e.g. GMAT, TOEFL/IELTS, etc.). Application deadlines are posted here. A recap of what you need to submit a complete application is posted here.


Who should be my reference? What should they say about me?

Very common question we get –> “Who would be a good reference for me if I’m applying to the Fisher MAcc program? What should a good letter of reference include?”

The primary criterion you should use when determining who you should approach to be your reference is “someone who knows me WELL enough to write a STRONG letter of reference.” A strong letter of reference is the sort of recommendation that introduces relevant information about the subject (e.g. you) that we would not be aware of if we had not read the letter. For example, a letter that regurgitates and summarizes easy-to-obtain information is NOT a strong letter of reference. If a recommender references your GPA, for example, this is not unique information - we’ll see your GPA on your transcripts. If a recommender states simply that “(you) are an active member of the XYZ Community Service Organization,” this is not valuable information, especially if your involvement with that organization is listed on your resume.

A more valuable recommendation will provide the admissions committee with information about you that the committee could not obtain elsewhere. For example, if your reference is a professor for which you had a class, him or her saying that “you’re a good writer” is interesting. It becomes very useful for the admissions committee if that recommender states why s/he believes you are a good writer. In other words, s/he provides proof to support his/her opinion of you. This is much more effective that simply saying “(you) got an A in my class – s/he is a very good student.” Or if your recommender wants to comment on your involvement in the XYZ Community Service Organization, this is effective if s/he discusses what you accomplished in the organization, any positive results that occurred as a result of your involvement, and why s/he believes your involvement is indicative of your potential for success in this program. In summary, the best letters of reference do not simply tell us “what” –> the best letters explain whyand in detail. The best letters talk about those characteristics about you that, in their opinions, indicate your potential for success in the program if you were to be admitted and enroll.

Who should you approach for your recommendations? If you’re still in school or you’re a recent graduate, academic/faculty references carry the most weight with the admissions committee. If you have been out of school for a few years or more, it’s likely that professional references may be most appropriate in your situation. Do not get letters of reference from family, friends, and/or friends of your family <– these type of letters are judged negatively by the admissions committee.

Although your friends may be super, do not approach them to be your references for your graduate application

We look forward to reviewing your applications!


Admissions decisions = a branch of holism

We are often asked about statistics that describe the current MAcc class. We have calculated the statistics that represent the Fisher MAcc class of 2013. Click here for the class profile statistics.

Please know that this data is aggregated – it is a summary of over 80 students currently enrolled in the program. No single applicant looks the same. The admissions committee looks at everything in each applicant’s file – no one will be denied or admitted on a single criterion (e.g. GMAT, GPA, etc.). A high GMAT does not guarantee admission nor will a “low” GMAT necessarily prevent someone from being admitted into the program. The same is true for GPA. The admissions committee looks at everything – in other words, the committee is most concerned how your credentials (references, essays, transcripts, GMAT, resume), taken together, present a complete picture of you as a potential student in this program. We are not concerned so much with the individual components – individual components, by themselves, are not indicative of an applicant’s strengths. We are more concerned with how all of these individual components, taken together, comprise a complete picture of the applicant.

The whole is greater than the sum of the parts

 


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