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Unformatted text preview: (advice on how to get a job in Investment Bankingand Venture Capital and Private Equity too.) Home About Contact There is a ton of advice I can give about how to write the perfect investment banking resume. With that said, instead of inundating you with a 10 page report on all the things you should do, Im going to start a series on how to write a great investment banking resume, with each entry focusing on a specific topic (the series will be titled (Writing A Great Investment Banking Resume). The first topic, and an extremely important one, is how to even get your resume noticed. In this post, well focus mostly on perfecting the presentation of your resume since the way your resume is formatted is extremely important. In my next post, Ill focus on how to improve the content of your resume, which is equally important. Great presentation will get your resume noticed. Great content will secure you an interview spot. Before I start shelling out tips on how to do this, its necessary to shed some light on how resumes are reviewed at banks because this insight into this process should drive your resume writing strategy. Typically, during recruiting season (August-November for full-time positions; January-March for summer internships), investment banks receive a PDF of hundreds of resumes from each school they recruit at. In total, thousands of resumes need to be reviewed. Because recruiting is not really core to any investment bankers job, people always perceive resume reviewing as somewhat of a distraction to their day. As a result, a lot of the initial resume screening to determine which candidates get interviews falls onto the laps of the analysts and associates. When I started off as an analyst, the vice president I worked for used to dump this job on me, and Id almost always leave this task to the very end of the day because I didnt really feel like doing it either. A lot of times, each analyst or associate would be responsible for choosing 20 candidates to interview for every 300 or so candidates. So imagine going through 300 resumes. How much time would you realistically spend on each resume? At 30 seconds a resume, it would take 2.5 hours to review all the resumes. Thats a long time. In reality, we probably spend 15-20 seconds per resume. So why is this important? Its important because it means your resume needs to stand out and be remembered within those 15-20 seconds. It needs to catch our attention. How do you do this? Here are some tips you should follow: 1) Prioritize brands: Each resume only gets a quick glancing, and we look for things that demonstrate the candidate is a high achiever and is hungry for success. By glance, I mean well quickly take a look at the major headings of your resume: the school you went to, your major, your GPA, maybe some of the classes youve taken if you dont have any prior finance experience, the names of the firms youve worked for in the past, your titles, your extra-curricular activities, and your other interests. youve worked for in the past, your titles, your extra-curricular activities, and your other interests....
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This note was uploaded on 02/01/2012 for the course BUSINESS 101 taught by Professor Xu during the Spring '11 term at Carson-Newman.
- Spring '11
- Venture Capital