Tuesday, November 3, 2009

Investment Banking Resumes Guidelines

My blog is approaching three years. I receive one question recently: The world is changing, will your resume guidelines be changed? Good question. I quickly browsed through my older posts and review them. Yes the world is changing, but there are things that never change, such as the sun won't rise from the west. Likewise for investment banking.

100-year old shop Lehman Brothers shut down, but the basic requirements for an investment banking resume won't change. You will always need an error-free, clean and tidy resume, in terms of layout and format. In terms of content, you will always need to present precisely your skills and achievements in a way that your future employer believe that you will bring contribution to them. These are the big rules that will never change.

The one-page length is somehow debatable. Depends on the experience you have, two pages as a maximum is acceptable. However for entry to mid level roles, I would still insist that one page is the perfect length. I've once presented a CEO's one-page resume. If a CEO with 30 years of experience can write a one-page resume, anyone in this world can.

Strategies to Shorten Your Resume

Anything 10 years or longer from now can be simplified. If you are a regional manager now, no one will care how you perform as an audit clerk some 20 years ago. You may write a line like this: 20 years audit and accounting experience started 1976 as an audit clerk at ABC Company. Details of early career available on request.

Focus on your most recent 10 years of experience, (could be one, two or three jobs), depends on how long you stay with each job and how relevant those experience are to your prospective employer.

For experienced job seekers, anything else can be omitted, except education which can be simplied. You need only to list your degree, college and year of graduation. GPA, major/minor, extra cirricular activities are not required.

Try these and see if you can craft a one-page resume for yourself.

Amazing Cover Letter
Amazing Resume Creator

Investment Banking Resumes

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

That's amazing tips on Banking resumes.I think people still need a lot of help for making their resumes good eye catching when they are going to apply for investment banking field. thanks a lot for sharing with us.

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