At Harris, we review your applications holistically and really enjoy learning about your experience and background. Your resume is the best place to share you professional, leadership, and co-curricular accomplishments. Read on for tips on crafting your resume from our Director of Recruitment Devon Reber Drehmer! 

How will my work experience be viewed?

Many incoming applicants to Harris have questions on how their work experience will be viewed, the level of importance placed on having significant work experience, and the length and format of their resume. We see students who have a variety of professional backgrounds. Many of our students have a few years of work experience in a particular field, while others have recently graduated and have not yet begun their professional careers but typically have had some internship, volunteer, or extracurricular experience while pursuing their undergraduate degree. Others have significant work experience and have concluded that pursuing a graduate degree will allow them to advance to the next level in their field or allow them to change careers. 

Applicants to the Evening Master’s Program (EMP) and Master of Arts in International Development (MAIDP) typically have at least five years of work experience.  Applicants to the PhD program typically submit a CV highlighting research experience.

How long should my resume be and in what format?

When reviewing your resume, we aren’t looking for a particular format or length; the resumes we receive are as diverse as the students applying to Harris. While it may be appropriate for some students to have lengthier resumes to detail their professional and, if applicable, research experience, other students may have more brief summaries of their experience. Some students prefer to submit chronological resumes while others prefer to format their experience according to relevance to policy or the program for which they are applying. gain, we are not looking for one format or a limited set of professional careers and we encourage you to submit a resume that you believe best supports your Harris application.