October 11, 2017

CV Guide for Investment Banking

The perfect Investment Banking CV, can be hard or easy to compile depending on the amount of orientation you possess about what is required and expected of you. Here’s a simple list of Dos and Don’ts to get you started:

Do:

  • Format uniformly and correctly. Your font size and type, shouldn’t change midway.
  • For spring weeks and summer internships, divide your CV into 3 main parts:
  1. Education: Mention as many achievements as possible. Banks place huge value on academic results; it isn’t necessary to have good grades, but having them will give your application a massive boost. Ensure that you keep it concise, don’t mention results prior to GCSEs unless there’s something massively significant. Mention relevant modules at university or pre-university.
  2. Work/Leadership Experience: Possibly the most important portion of your CV. Mention all relevant former work experiences with relevant and consistent dates. Mention your most recent work experiences. Irrespective of whether your work was related to finance or banking, be sure to mention it. Attempt to include at least one leadership position here too (preferably an exec position at a society at university or something significant at school. Attempt to quantify everything you did and emphasise on what you did as well as what you learnt. Firms want proof that you added value. By quantify, I mean involve numbers. For example, perhaps you worked part-time at a super-store; mention an estimate of the number of customers you helped daily, or the amount of money you managed. If you’ve led a society, you could mention the amount of sponsorship you’ve attained from firms or the number of members and exec members you’ve led.
  3. Volunteering/ Skills/ Interests: This should ideally be as large as the Education section but definitely smaller than the Leadership section. In terms of skills, mention analytical and data-driven skills such as MS Excel or Stata. Make sure you mention the number of languages you speak along with respective fluencies. With volunteering, again, quantify. Keep the section on interests small.

Don’t:

  • Lie: A surprising number of people do this. Banks have been known to conduct extensive background checks, and will rescind and blacklist you if you get caught lying.
  • Make Grammatical errors: Proofread as many times as possible and send it to other people for feedback. One spelling error can ruin almost all your applications, if undetected.
  • Exceed a page: The average CV is scrutinised for approximately 20 seconds. Not only are lengthy CVs annoying for the people who read them, they also portray an inability to be concise and a lack of awareness. Never exceed a page for Investment Banking.
  • Use of colour, pictures and company emblems: Unless specifically mentioned, do not include pictures or use colourful lettering. Never use company emblems for work experiences, there may be legal consequences due to copyright laws.

We hope this helps!

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