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I want to handwrite my resume for applications so they stand out a little bit more - got conflicting advice on this but overall idea is that handwriting resume/cover letter is a huge plus assuming good credentials.

which is the better idea? mail handwritten resume or scan handwritten resume as PDF and submit online? feel that mailing might stand out more but also could get lost, is online the safer bet? THANKS

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  • ixjunitxi's picture

    Mannn, the people on this board will pounce on you for this haha. I do not think this is a good idea, in fact it is a horrible idea. You are not applying for a fashion/creative position, where a hand-written resume (potentially given to the right person) may go over well. Investment Banks are pretty conservative and in my opinion will not appreciate that sort of "creativity".

    That is the type of work you will see floating around wall street emails like the Alex Vayner video resume.

  • Bury_Bonds's picture

    Only two things come to mind that should ever be handwritten during a recruiting process:

    1. Thank you notes during late-round interviews and/or for people/alumni who REALLY help you out

    2. Proof of fluency in foreign languages (interviewers may ask you to fax a Mandarin writing sample on short notice, for example)

    DO NOT submit a handwritten resume.

  • BankonBanking's picture

    I would recommend avoiding both of these ideas. There is standing out, and then there is being left out. Stick to the traditional means of emailing your resume or uploading a traditional resume to the system. Handwriting can be messy, it can be seen as silly (a joke), and doesn't offer any personal touches. Your handwriting isn't what makes something personal, it is the sentiment and the effort - and putting the effort into an emotionless (not to you, but in the sense that it is strictly a summary of your candidacy - that's it) document such as a resume isn't the best use of time. If you are really interested in putting a personal, handwritten touch to your candidacy, hand write a letter to HR, or to your contacts, or to recruiters, etc. I wouldn't really recommend this either, but I definitely advise this over the resume.

    In general, the only handwritten note that is nice to receive is the thank you letter - thank you for advice, thank you for interviewing, etc. Good luck and stick to presenting the information in the resume as relevant to IB and highlighting your skill sets - don;t worry about the quality of your handwriting, whether you added a period, or forgot to cross a "t", etc.

  • Revsly's picture

    No... just no. If I saw it I'd probably laugh and call everyone else over. Don't do it.

    Jack: They're all former investment bankers who were laid off from that economic crisis that Nancy Pelosi caused. They have zero real world skills, but God they work hard.
    -30 Rock

  • firefighter's picture

    ok - so youre saying i should be using a handwritten font or a font that sticks out like jokewood instead?

    also - mail or online?

  • barkatthemoon's picture

    Fantastic idea.
    Chance favors the bold, son! Go for it. I say go all the way traditional, mail it.
    Good quality paper, with your initials watermarked is a plus.

  • ShreddiesBrah's picture

    Sure, if you want them to think you're incompetent at using a computer. The senior guys will probably recollect the times when they had to handwrite their resumes.

  • In reply to firefighter
    Revsly's picture

    eagles29:
    ok - so youre saying i should be using a handwritten font or a font that sticks out like jokewood instead?

    also - mail or online?

    No, I'm saying I think you're going to look like an idiot.

    Jack: They're all former investment bankers who were laid off from that economic crisis that Nancy Pelosi caused. They have zero real world skills, but God they work hard.
    -30 Rock

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    monkeyface's picture

    Brown_Bateman:
    Sure, if you want them to think you're incompetent at using a computer. The senior guys will probably recollect the times when they had to handwrite their resumes.

    haha i didn't know senior guys at banks were 140 years old

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  • T-Bone's picture

    A handwritten resume? How Piper Jaffrayish of you.

  • zykke's picture

    Heh guys I'm pretty sure the guy is joking, no one is this dense

  • RWP's picture

    bankers are anti creative, don't do it....imagine how the bankers will react if you did a handwritten pitchbook....same reaction you will get by doing this.

  • Mayor Quimby's picture

    I'm shocked that people are taking this question seriously.

  • firefighter's picture

    I really want my resume to stand out. Any other ways? Like a blue/red font for my name or position titles, fonts like comic sans/jokewood, italicizing descriptions, shadows on descriptions, etc. what else if handwriting/mailing isnt the best idea?

  • ragin286's picture

    I think you should use wingdings font, it will really stand out then :-D

  • breakingbankers's picture

    Just follow the rules and don't try to be unique by hand-writing. It's an awful idea.

    If you do want to stand out, I have seen well-received cover letters that had a sleek and simple letterhead. That's about as creative you should probably get.

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  • TheBuySideGirl's picture

    Do it if your handwriting is Times new roman

  • monkeyjunkie's picture

    To answer your original question, I'd say go with snail mail. PDFing the handwritten resume might offer too stark a contrast to your implied lack of proficiency with computers; bankers don't like it when things don't add up

  • Machine's picture

    Do it! and draw a picture of yourself at the back of it.

    You will get an offer very soon.

  • king_ari's picture

    what?! you dont attach pictures with your resume?!
    i usually have a fullbody nude shot on the back...it makes the resume pop!

  • In reply to king_ari
    TNA's picture

    Hahah, I know right.

    I think the rule of thumb is if you are worrying about getting creative with a resume you probably don't have enough quality information on it to begin with. Keep it clean, formatted correctly, proof read it and keep the information relevant and it will be fine. From everything I have read here and my personal experiences, most resumes that are chosen are those that haven't been eliminated because of minor errors, etc.

  • Marcus_Halberstram's picture

    This reminded me of something, and I swear to god its a true story. I'll leave out the details, but I once saw a handwritten resume on a piece of notebook paper with the spiral fray still on it.... sloppily written in pencil with spelling errors. I don't remember the details of the resume, but the content wasn't much better than the format.

  • matt23suit's picture

    You people are just so rude. You obviously are stupid. I don't know where the person is that is asking for assistance but I know here in Atlanta, a lot of places require a hand written resume. I came across this topic because I also am trying to figure out how to organize a hand written resume. A friend told me about a job over by her work, and I went to talk to them about it and they told me to come back with a hand written resume. So you should probably know the reason behind something before making yourself look like an ass.

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