Your resume or CV is what sits between you and the interviews and job offers you want.
If you put your best foot forward with a resume that highlights your most impressive education and work experience and also makes you look like a human rather than a robot, you’ll have a significantly higher chance of winning interviews.
And if you don’t, you’ll blend in with everyone else – which means you won’t be receiving interviews.
The #1 rule of investment banking resumes is that busy, sleep-deprived bankers will spend about 30 seconds, max, reviewing your resume before they make an “interview / no interview” decision.
So, your resume should fit on one page with a normal font size and margins, and it should have your name at the top in a bigger font size.
We recommend the following sections:
For more details and the template and tutorial, refer to our full article on the ideal Investment Banking Resume For University Students.
If you need a cover letter, check out our Investment Banking Cover Letter Template – which is also very short and straightforward.
Finally, we have a Sales & Trading Resume Template and tutorial for “public markets” roles as well.
Many of the principles above also apply to your resume/CV if you’ve had full-time work experience.
For example, you still list your name and contact information at the top, skip the “Summary” section, stick to one page in most cases, aim for 2-4 major work experience entries, and focus on specifics and results in each one.
However, there are a few differences:
Despite all the tips, tutorials, and templates offered on this site, we tend to see the same resume/CV mistakes over and over.
Here are the top offenders:
Finally, remember the role of your resume: it’s designed to present your experience effectively and get your foot in the door.
You cannot rely on your resume to do everything for you, so networking and interview preparation are also critical.
You can spend 100 hours on your resume trying to make each bullet point perfect…
…or you can take the 80/20 approach by spending 1-2 days on it and then using the rest of your time for networking and interview preparation.
Hint: You’ll get much better results with the second approach.
The free templates on this page work at firms ranging from regional boutiques to middle-market banks, elite boutiques, and bulge-bracket banks.
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When we’re done, your resume will grab bankers by the lapels and not let them go until they’ve given you an interview.
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