Company is based in Chicago and deals with Consulting, Restructuring, bankruptcy, etc. My cousin is very respected and successful at this company. He tells me there is an opening and we both agree it is a good idea to jump on the opportunity.

I graduated 1.5 years ago. This would be my first analyst position. I feel like I do not have much related experience, but I am a quick learner and adapt well. My cousin tells me I am more than capable at being successful. I want this position, so please bash the resume as much as you would like.

I need help immediately. Position is time sensitive.

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Do us (and yourself) a quick favor and make a copy of your resume with identifying characteristics removed.

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wow this is a first.


Sorry. My resume is honest and I need help. Thanks for that bit though, I appreciate it. Resume Updated


Sorry. My resume is honest and I need help. Thanks for that bit though, I appreciate it. Resume Updated

WSO Resume Review Score*: 7 (out of 15 possible)

1. Wording/Bullets: 2.5 (don't bold words or #s in your bullets - otherwise would be a 5)
2. Layout/Format: 2.5
3. Overall: 2

* Note: This score is based on a subjective assessment of three different criteria all on a 1 to 5 scale (1 = poor, 2 = below avg, 3 = average, 4 = very good, 5 = excellent) based on my own experience reviewing thousands of resumes in the past and based on the current state of the posted resume.

Some explanation of the grading:

1, Wording/Bullets: This score represents the overall wording of the bullets and content throughout the resume. Are there action words? are the experiences explained clearly? Does the candidate quantify their impact where possible?

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3. Overall: This score represents the experiences and school of the candidate and is the hardest to change in the short term. Improving the Wording/Bullets and Layout/Format scores can bump this grade up (usually by 1 grade at most), however, this grade depends largely on the School, GPA, Internships, Leadership, Extracurriculars of the applicant, etc.

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I will do that if you think it's best. Current format is what my alumni association provided.


That current format sucks. Change it ASAP

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I'll get it done in an hour. Thanks.


Also why do you not have a GPA listed?


Ok, I have not completed the resume yet as I have been swamped at work. I have some issues like the question you raised about my GPA.

I had a medical withdrawal from my first university experience, I left the school with a 1.8 GPA. I was only able to raise it to a 2.95 with a 3.24 major GPA from my graduated university.

I opened 3 companies while I was in school.
Importing winter garments from s. america and having products @ Ski/Snowboard Stores on consignment.
Refinishing and re-tuning Pianos- Worked out of a storage unit
Club/Bar/Lounge/Festival Entertainment Contracts- DJ's, Live Performers, Security, Dancers, Promotions

I paved my way financially thought school but never made it big.

Also means I never had an internship other than College Works Painting my Freshman year of College 7 years ago.

What would you include on your resume?

I've never worked in "Groups" or Corporate Projects.

Basically, I have an "in." I have the skills, but definetly not the corporate experience to prove it.


Don't list GPA. If you handled funds in anyway at those positions, list them and specific numbers for experience. Do NOT put CEO, put Founder. Have you done any extracurriculars?

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Thanks again for the help. I don't feel like a recent grad and IB experience is a bit different than mine. Not sure about how to tackle this template. I feel like I will be stretching the truth... Thoughts?


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