[EDITED] - Fresh graduate CV review

Hi all!

I would really appreciate any comment/suggestion/insult about it!

I am primarily interested in Consulting, then also in PE and VC even if I am doubtful there are any chances without any prior experience. My school is one of the top ten in Italy, although I suppose is not very known abroad.

Just a few points that probably you will raise:
- I have not much extra experience that shows my "leadership" since here in italy we do not have campuses with extra activities, alfa-beta-gamma societies etc. So I actually do not have much to say about this...

  • I do not know if it is useful to describe a little bit more my current job, even if underwriting is self explanatory... And in this case, I do not know what to cut to free up space :)

  • here there's no GPA, that's why I've written single grades for each school.

Thank you very much for your time and help!




Comments (12)

Aug 29, 2010 - 8:23am

Just to help you out before this resume gets completely destroyed. Search this site for FT resume Review or Consulting resume Review...you will find hundreds of different threads. Read through some of those, look at the resumes that people post (especially ones where posters say it looks really good), and take note of some of the suggestions that people make. After you have redone your resume, you can repost it and I am sure that people will help.

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Aug 29, 2010 - 11:50am

This is a troll or something. If your career services at the school you go to did this to you they should be fired.

Aug 29, 2010 - 1:40pm

OK guys, one at a time.
To start: thanks everybody, even to balbasaur, I was ready for this.

@gekko: now I can't but as soon as I have a moment i'll go trough that website and try to make an idea.

@drexelalum: ok it has to be redone, no clear idea about the main mistakes but I won't ask you to write more and waste time before I read the website above. About the future experience you quote.. I didn't get it! There are two jobs listed: a current one and a past one part time. Which future experience are you referring to?

@Anthony: I'm not a troll. Probably it's just that I am the only one, ore really one of the few guys on this forum that are not from USA/UK. Here some things are different... we go to university when we are 19 and it lasts 5 years, and, yes, sadly, there is no in-campus career service that writes or reviews a CV for us! :)

Aug 29, 2010 - 3:18pm

Americans, tsk tsk

First things first mate, your CV is just a list, you need to flesh it out and remove any clutter. Your work experience should be the main thing. You work as an underwriter, what do you do there? Tasks, projects, etc. Recruiters want to see examples of your competencies and ability to deliver results. Provide examples of some of the things you worked on, and what the results were.

Your language skills should be just one line, at the bottom of your CV. Just say you're fluent in English and Italian, no other info required. Similar for your IT skills. Just list them, e.g Microsoft Office, Oracle (basic knowledge), XHTML, CSS.

You might want to combine your work experience with your extracurriculars under one heading e.g. Work and Leadership experience. Once again, focus on the tasks you did and what the results were. Remove any activities during high school, recruiters don't care about that unless you're just starting off in university.

Remove the exchange thing at Glasgow and just put it as a bullet point under your undergraduate degree, unless you accomplished something noteworthy there, there's no need to keep it separate.

If you're applying for IBD/PE roles it may be useful to list some relevant coursework from your degrees like any modeling or research.

To be blunt, you're not going to get anything without any proper experience. I assume you're looking at banks in London, and you're going to be competing with the best schools in Europe, the Grand Ecoles, HEC, Bocconi, IE, so you need to get a decent IB internship under your belt. Try finding something in Italy, I'm sure Mediobanca or some of the other banks offer that. I know in London, many of the bulge brackets offer off-cycle internships for European students so it's worth a shot to apply for those as well.

This is just something to start you off, you should look at some of the other CVs on here.

Aug 29, 2010 - 7:46pm

Thanks axelone, this was very helpful: at least something to start with to correct the whole thing.

I perfectly understand high school stuff is years away from here, but there I did that kind of extra curricular things recruiter seem to be looking for: at the university there we no tutoring or other extra activities so I thought it could be useful, otherwise it becomes quite empty (you will say: cause you have not so many things to say... maybe :)

About job description: again I understand, as said in many posts and websites, that is important to highlight responsibilities and achievements, since they are in some way measurable. Notwithstanding this, my question to you is: my job consists of receiving an insurance request, evaluating the underlying contract, evaluating the risk of the deal, evaluating the company that requires to be insured, fixing a price, then is a yes or no. We do dozens of processes like this every week, so i'm not staffed on a long term project: my responsibility is to evaluate as correctly as possible then go to my boss that signs and gives me the authorization to go on. How would you put it??

And finally: yes, of course, I definitely expect to receive - if I receive it - an offer for an internship, not a full time job or so! I know I have no experience at all... Anyway I'm still thinking also about consulting other than banking.

Thanks again for help and support

Sep 8, 2010 - 3:03pm

Hi all
I edited my cv trying to follow your suggestions and looking at management consulted and merg&inquisitions.

Here's my result, any comment or suggestion would be greatly appreciated.

Moreover I have some doubts and I would be happy to hear your opinion:

Should I still put the thing of the business case competition under work & leadership heading?
The above section and the section about the project done in glasgow are pertinent? I put them since are the most similar thing to a consulting job/result oriented activity i've done till now. Do you think they should be displayed differently or omitted?

Just a clarification about honors: each time you pass an exam cum laude, you list the latter in the section honor? I don't know if it is the same in US, but here's more or less common to have some. I have something like 5 or six in the BSc and 2 in the MSc: should they be listed?

thankyou all

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