You’ve worked hard to juggle your job, family, and education for a year or more and earned a prestigious advanced degree with your executive MBA. While frustrating to have a friend or family member underestimate your new degree, it can be career-limiting to have an employer or hiring influencer fail to understand the significance of your continued education and additional skills and experience. Plan ahead and be prepared to show and tell the difference!
Be sure to add information on your degree and the added value it brings to you as an employee and job candidate to your personal branding. This way, when hiring influencers search for you, the information they find already includes your executive MBA and what you’ve gained from earning it.
While you still must list your executive MBA acronym the same as an MBA on your resume, there are ways to include the differences between the executive MBA and a standard MBA into your narrative on your resume. Weave that information into a discussion of your skills and experience, so hiring influencers who aren’t familiar with the degree will want to ask you more about it.
Your interviews with hiring influencers are the perfect opportunities to emphasize the broader scope, deeper experience, and increased array of skills you have earned along with that graduate degree. Even an interviewer unfamiliar with the degree will be impressed by the scope of what your executive MBA program covered. An interview is a time to market yourself to prospective employers, and you must plan to market your executive MBA as part of the value you bring to your next employer and position!