How to Write Resume for an Investment Banking Job

How to Write Resume for an Investment Banking Job
You resume is your first impression for any organization that you wish to work with. It could be your first impression for your future boss. Would you want to err with the stakes so high? If not, you may continue reading!So, you want to be an investment banker? Is it your career goal to be the CEO of an investment banking organization, some day? Well, then my next question would be, is your resume adequately optimized? If not, you are at the perfect (virtual) place. Here you will find the key ingredients that need to go in to your resume to make it irresistible to "taste"!

Firstly we start with your template for your investment banking resume. Do not experiment with that. The safest bet would be to go with the conventional style resumes. In case, you are the kind of person who can not go with usual, there are several resume templates available on the Internet, specific to careers in investment banking. Just Google it and your answer will be right there. Once you have selected a template, select a font. Your job description is one that demands seriousness on the front. So a good idea would be to use Times New Roman or Georgia as a font. They are legible and simple. In case, you select a curvy or a fancy font, you may end up making a creative resume for an analytical job. Pretty much like fitting a circular peg in square hole, right?

The language you utilize in your resume has to be specific to the applied job. Since your job requires you to be very fluent with investment banking jargon, make sure you use that, but, in a nonchalant way. Keep it on a need to use basis, anything more than it may seem like you are trying too hard to impress the bosses. Next, the color, it should be black. Do not experiment or try to be creative with the colors. That would be a big mistake! You may be a creative person in spite of your analytical IQ, but till your employers don't realize your appropriate abilities, they don't need to know about your other abilities.

Keep your past experience comprehensive and brief. Give the name of the organization and your roles and responsibilities. In case you are a fresher, you may mention the same for your internship. In fact, for internship, you can keep the description a little bit more in detail. Do not mention your past salary in your resume. You should, and have all the right, to keep that information to yourself until the interview level. Another point to remember would be to not say anything derogatory about your ex-organization, in either your resume or your interview. It is just a matter of ethics and culture.

One easy-to-forget detail is the cover letter. As you probably learned in school, a cover letter has to be attached with the resume. This is the only aspect of your resume that speaks directly to the reader. In this, you need to make sure that you are addressing the right person in the right manner. For example, Mr. Johnson or Mrs. Shetty. It would be extremely embarrassing for you if you wrote Mrs. Johnson or Mr. Shetty instead. It may seem trivial, but it is highly consequential as this is your first interaction with the ones who may well be deciding your future in the organization. Other than that, make sure that the cover letter is brief, courteous, professional and not flattery at all. Your cover letter should be, along with your resume, the perfect image of YOU.

The resume has to give the organization, professional details about you. So, other than your relevant personal details, refrain from being very open about your personal self in the resume. In spite of the fact that most organizations don't really care about an applicants religious faith, certain people do have hidden tendencies to type-cast. To avoid facing hassles due to this, refrain from giving your religious faith or referring to it in any way. Another aspect of it would be ethics, do not try to use the fact that you and the CEO are of the same faith as a tool to get noticed. Jobs are given on the basis of merit, let it stay that way.

I believe that, verbal expression is a more comprehensive way to let a person know you. Make use of this aspect of resumes. Always have the faith in yourself, that you can get a job on the basis of your merit, not your ability to flatter. Be honest in your resume. If you lie, and it gets caught (which, lets face it, it will for sure!), the repercussions can be dire and very long lasting. All the Best!

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