For years, applicants to Johnson have been invited to imagine themselves as the author of their Life Story and submit a corresponding Table of Contents.
The suggestion for a “Back of the Resume” prompt to replace it came from a Cornell alumnus, Hernan Saenz (MBA/MIIR ’98), who now is a managing partner at Bain overseeing its Dallas and Mexico offices.
The essay is to learn more about candidates’ individual and interpersonal areas to them a creative way to share some of those unique, individual elements of who they are.
New Johnson Back of the Resume Essay Prompt:The front page of your resume has given us a sense of your professional experience and accomplishments as well as your academic summary and extracurricular involvement. If the back page reflects “the rest of your story,” please help us get to know you better by sharing the experiences that will give us insight into your character, values, and interests.
Judi Byers, Johnson executive director of admissions and financial aid
There are no wrong answers. Candidates should highlight the things they think help tell their story that showcases authenticity. This could mean using a second page—a literal backside of the resume—to outline different ways you are engaged with a local community organization or submitting a YouTube video elaborating on your advocacy for marginalized communities.
Applicants were invited to respond to the ToC in alternative submission formats including a slide presentation, links to pre-existing media (personal website, digital portfolio, YouTube etc.), as well as visually enhanced written submissions—and the same goes for the Back of the Resume prompt.
The school wants to give candidates a chance to showcase a broader range of interests that don’t necessarily fit into their professional experience on an individual level who are exploring passions and interests outside of the workplace.