The Investment Banking Resume Bankers Will Love

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If you remember yesterday’s lesson, we talked about how the #1 way to differentiate your resume to all the other candidates applying is to write a killer work experience section.

And if you’re hopped up on some tasty ol’ ritalin like any good modern day Monopoly man, you’ll probably also remember the 6 key ways to make your work experience pop are;

  1. Show real results
  2. Be extremely specific
  3. Make it all client or employer focused
  4. NOT ‘you’ focused
  5. Lace your descriptions with banker-friendly and business-y terms
  6. Supplement everrrrrrything with metrics

But all this advice can sometimes seem a little hard to apply without an example.  So here is one example of a dot point for your work experience section…

Say you interned at a small accounting firm – then one results-centric dot point could be;

“Analyzed the monthly financial statements of a $2.0M (rev) boutique food retailer and found a way to reduce their accounts receivable by 22 days, which resulted in improved liquidity (17% increase) and an additional $25,000 cash surplus for the client”.

In this answer you’ve managed to mention;

  • A specific example of a task you did – and best of all you’ve managed to do this succinctly
  • The tangible real world result achieved (sooo often missing from students’ resumes)
  • 4 metrics to make it real and ‘touchable’ for the banker
  • Business/finance terms like “rev”, “analyzed”, “financial statements” and “accounts receivable” – shown you are an insider
  • You’ve focused it all on how you added value to the company/client (not you focused)

Bankers are guaranteed to understand exactly what you did and what the impact of it all was.  Perfection!!

P.S. This lesson was extracted straight from our very popular Inside Investment Banking Course.  If you’re serious about breaking into banking, check it out now.

Screw financial modeling…you only need 6 skills to break into banking

If you’re an over excited wannabe Excel Monkey then you’ve probably tried just about everything to break in…from studying financial modeling till 3am to trying to memorize 100s of complicated technical interview questions.

But here’s the thing…

You’re wasting your time!  If you want to learn how to impress bankers, get interviews and land job offers straight out of college you simply need 6 skills.