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30 year old vet, transfer junior with no current finance experience. Looking for possible other veterans who have gone through this transition from military to finance, and how they tailored their resume to get internships etc.

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  • Intern in IB-M&A
Oct 5, 2020 - 11:36pm

I'm only an intern so take my commentary with a grain of salt, but I have worked with a fair amount of veterans who were IB associates. All of them were post MBA hires and took either of the following (super generalized) routes:

Path 1 (entered into military after ROTC program or completion of undergraduate degree): Undergrad degree -> military -> MBA -> IB Associate 

Path 2 (entered into military before completing undergrad degree): Military -> Undergrad degree -> Corporate Finance role (finance positions at F500 companies or Big4 advisory) -> MBA -> IB Associate 

The issue with IB recruiting from a transfer perspective (military or not) is that most IB recruiting happens via summer analyst positions, which are already filled by the beginning of junior year at target schools.

Might be a good idea to look on LinkedIn for alumni of your school that have already made the transition, since it is a very unique experience and I don't think there are too many people that fall into that demographic on this website.

Sorry I can't be of any more help!  

 
Oct 12, 2020 - 1:09pm

Came from a similar background and just landed a FT offer for next year, happy to share my experience and hope it helps. I'm guessing you already have but I'll ask anyway: have you reached out to vets in the industry for networking and asked them to take a look at your resume? I thought mine was in pretty good shape until I did and they really helped me translate what I did into useful verbiage.

For my resume, I ended up trying to rewrite bullets from my evaluation reports (not sure of your specific background, for me it was NCOERs) to highlight experiences that a lot of the applicant pool might not have. Things like quantitative evidence of succeeding in high-stress environments working long hours (outside of a classroom environment), working with/ leading/ motivating a team in dynamic environments, managing time effectively to handle multiple priorities with competing deadlines, and working with people of all backgrounds and leadership styles (interpersonal skills) come to mind. During interviews I would focus on how these experiences would make me an asset to any team at 3am pushing hard to meet a deadline, I was someone they could count on to figure things out without having to constantly watch over my shoulder, and I wouldn't have any problem taking the initiative on things I might not know perfectly. The team-first mentality and loyalty that's prominent in the military helps, too.

I'm not an expert by any means, but this is what worked well for me. I hope it helps. If you have anything else you want to talk about, let me know. Also, happy to send over my resume if you think it might help.

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