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Mar 19, 2019 - 9:53pm

I am likely not too much older than you, but I have gotten some good advice over the years as to building a good resume, and thought I would share:

  • Some advice I got from a banker when I was first sampling my resume around was to use the standard templates. The people looking at your resume will have also looked at many other resumes, and while I originally thought a slightly different format would stand out, I learned it only made it harder for them to find the details they were looking for in a timely manner. Save them the time and use the WSO template for the industry you are pursuing.

  • Quantify as many points possible. At the end of the day, people don't want to hear how you assisted with x, or analyzed y; they really want to know your net affect on the project, and how you added value to your team (e.g. "cold called a list of prospects in order to generate leads for..." vs "Cold called 300 prospects, yielding 60 leads, and resulting in 5 new clients...").

  • I would also recommending condensing the bullet points in order to take out the fluff (this will likely be a bi-product of quantifying)

I am no expert, but those are my two cents. Lastly, I would just make sure you really put focus on your interests. Make sure they reflect who you are outside the office. I can't tell you the amount of times I have gone on a tangent in an interview because of a mutual interest; at the end of the day, people want to work with others that they enjoy being around.
Best of luck

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:02pm

Thank you for your advice! I have definitely had trouble with the interests section and I will continue to work on it. I could definitely stand to quantify more but I am wondering, my bullet points used to be more concise but I had many people suggest that I be more detailed. Do the bullet points sound that fluffy?

Mar 19, 2019 - 11:43pm

Regarding the bullet points, I think they could be more to the point, for sure. Instead of outlining the processes in the bullet points, give the person reading your resume the net effect of the process (I.e. don't tell them every system you used in that order, but tell them you used x systems to accomplish y). At the end of the day, just ask yourself if the bullet point represents a value-add with a transferable skill-set, and be able to tell the interviewer why that bullet-point represents something that makes you qualified for the position you're seeking. As I mentioned before, once you go back and quantify, I think you'll start to see less fluff.

As for the interests - don't think too hard about it. Sure, you want them to think you're a hard-worker, or an intellectual. I get it. You can show them those traits in the education and experience sections. When it comes to interests, just put whatever actually interests you. I know.. mind=blown.

Mar 19, 2019 - 10:41pm

(1) As another user pointed out, use the standard template. Templates exist for a reason: they work.

(2) This is the ugliest font I have ever seen.

(3) If you are going to stick with this format, your e-mail, phone number, and address should be on top of one another, not on the same line.

(4) What the f*ck does (2 Finance Clubs) mean?

(5) Dean's List... how many semesters? Put "Dean's List All Semesters to Date"

(6) Get rid of the "Expected" and just put 2017 - 2021

(7) Get rid of the "Activities" line. You write you were in the investment club, and then write about the club in your leadership experience. This is redundant.

(8) WD-40 Company has appreciated in value significantly over the last year. (Go on Google, type in WDFC, and click "1 year").

(9) "Money Allocation" needs to be re-written as "Capital Allocation" or something that sounds more intelligent.

(10) Listing out each individual product within the MS Office package looks ridiculous, just put "MS Office," be concise, and list other skills.

(11) You walk into an interview. The interviewer says, "So tell me what about dog-walking interests you so much." Unless you can give a good answer to that, you might want to re-think that.

(12) Bachelor of Science in Financial Mathematics (Intended Program)... not sure what the point is in writing "Intended Program"

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