Have you ever wondered what’s the return on attending an Ivy League school? I certainly have. I considered it when a few of my high school friends ended up at Harvard, and I ended up at a “top-tier” public university. Nowadays, I consider it often, because I have my own kids and think about where they might end up attending college and whether it’d really be worth the cost of a top-tier, private university.
A good friend of mine is a school administrator, and he wrote me the following: I’ve reviewed hundreds of resumes in order to fill various teacher and staff positions. Currently, I’m working as a contract recruiter for a large public school district so once again I am reviewing a large volume of resumes on a weekly basis to fill teacher and administrator positions. I see all sorts of resumes in a wide variety of formats and interview many candidates in the hopes of finding the best of the best for our schools.
As a result, here are some thoughts I’ve pondered regarding Ivy League or top-tier schools (ie. Stanford, considered the Harvard of the West coast) versus all the others.
1. An Ivy League school makes a resume stand out. I hate to admit it, but when I look at a bunch of resumes, they all start to look ordinary. However, the worst is when I see a resume that is horribly formatted. I reviewed one the other day that was 3 pages long written in paragraph format! Sorry, I digress. So, what makes a resume stand out?