Dear Experts, I've been out of work for 4 months now. I've gotten several interviews. Each time, my MBA has come up. I'm very proud of it. I paid my way through grad school, graduated with honors, and one of my course projects on entrepreneurship won an award. So, I've shared this information. However, I am now thinking this is causing me NOT to get the job. Here's why... At a party this weekend, I heard a woman say no one with an MBA gets hired at her company because management says they are all 'too full of themselves and don't really know how business runs.' I was blown away. I know some people feel a sense of competition against those with advanced degrees, they even mentioned that in school, but I had no idea actual management teams would feel that way. I'm 28 years old and have the rest of my life to work, should I be hiding the fact I got my MBA instead of showcasing it? Does having an MBA pay off? Here is how our CAREEREALISM-Approved Experts answered this question on Twitter: Q#363 Don't hide it, but look at larger companies who might value it more. (@gradversity) Q#363 Ive had 2 take my MBA off my card & resume many times. Advice: Know yr Audience & respond appropriately. (@JoshuaWaldman) Q#363 May be ur attitude, not ur MBA; best not 2 tout MBA as reason 4 accomplishments; others do much w/o MBA. (@juliaerickson) Q#363 Obviously keep MBA on resume & accomps; just also show how u have learned on the job & will learn more. (@juliaerickson) Q#363 Use "inside info" & be prepared to demonstrate biz wisdom in interviews. Be sure to be opposite of the perception. (@DawnBugni) Q#363 In interviews, demonstrate you have a pragmatic understanding of business. That you aren't resting on MBA laurels. (@resumstrategy) Q#363 Cannot account for small minded jealous people. MBA is def. something to b proud of. Present and sell all ur skills. (@DebraWheatman) Our Twitter Advice Project (T.A.P.) is no longer an active campaign. To find an answer to the above question, please use the "Search" box in the right-hand column of this website.
November 09, 2009