Ugly Truth About Resume ReviewsPE
This board is always full of requests for fine tweaks to resumes, everyone hoping that rephrasing this one bullet is going to land them the job they've always wanted.
That's all great, and hopefully we are helping some people, but here's the hard truth that nobody tells you guys: It doesn't really matter.
Your resume will likely first be reviewed by an analyst, who has a stack of about 100 to go through. He'll spend about 15 seconds on you (there are 100 resumes after all, on top of the pitch tomorrow), and here's what he's going to look at:
1.) The name of your school and your GPA
2.) The names of your previous employers, and your job title there
3.) Cursory glace at bullets to "bucket" your experience into one of the following, in descending order of prestige: "Real investment banking", "Sales/Trading", "Wealth management", "Other random shit", or "Waiting tables".
If the above look good, you'll likely go into the "Keep" pile. Otherwise, it's the "While your qualifications are impressive..." pile. Formatting? As long as it's consistent and free of typos, I don't really care.
Turns out its the experience that counts (and sadly, yes, the brand name sometimes), not the actual words on the page.
If you really want to improve your chances, try to network with someone in the group BEFORE they see your resume, that way when your 15 seconds comes, they might actually recognize you as more than "Mid-tier Private School, 3.6, BB IB Internship".