Experienced (10+ yrs exp) Resume for VC/Growth Equity - 1 or 2 Pages? Format? Deal Sheet?

I'm looking to update my resume for VC / growth equity roles (around Principal level). I've got 10+ years of experience and have worked in 4-5 roles (including banking) before VC.

I managed to get it down to one page with size 10 font, but it required a lot of cutting and playing around with margins. One recruiter (who handles PE/buyside roles in Canada) mentioned she believes two pages is fine given years of exp, and she personally prefers it in this case cause it's easier to read.

But I'm also looking at VC/GE roles in US, and  wonder if there's a preference here.

  1. Is there a rule around 1 vs 2 pages for people with 10+ years exp, and have been in say 4-5 different roles?
  2. And if it's 2 pages, is it just your standard resume that runs on 2 pages, or is it 1st page with your role/responsibility bullets and 2nd page is a deal sheet with selected transactions?

For reference, my current one pager looks a bit like BIWS/Mergers & Inquisitions' template here: http://resume-videos-00.s3.amazonaws.com/MBA-Expe…

But I noticed M&I recently included a sample 1  pg resume + 1 pg deal sheet setup, and wondered if this is what everyone is seeing for experienced hires: http://resume-videos-00.s3.amazonaws.com/MBA-Expe…

Thanks everyone!

Comments (8)

  • Intern in PE - LBOs
Mar 4, 2021 - 7:45pm

Overthinking it. 2 is fine, could do one standard CV + one deal sheet. I prefer CV format where you list deals by job and just make it long.

Or prepare both and ask the recruiter since they're the one who knows what the client is looking for and despite what they say, they are buddy buddy with most clients.

  • Intern in RE - Comm
Mar 4, 2021 - 8:13pm

An intern giving advice to a principal. Haha only on WSO

It's not even bad advice, just made me laugh.

  • Principal in VC
Mar 5, 2021 - 7:26am

Any thoughts from the known experienced hires or familiar VC/GE/PE posters? E.g., @Compbanker, @APAE, @Mephistopheles, @throaway92, to name a few?

(At the Anonymous intern - PE poster: appreciate your comment and that your label could be more of an anonymity thing. But wanted to get some thoughts from some posters I've seen or know are experienced/senior investors).

Mar 5, 2021 - 8:31am
CompBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When I switched roles as a Principal I used a two page resume. The first was pretty standard (Education, roles/responsibilities, etc.). The second page was entirely dedicated to deals and board seats. I don't think the resume ever held me back - nearly everyone I reached out to had a conversation with me (these were all completely cold email intros / requests to meet).

Remember, people only review so many resumes from people with 10+ years of deal experience... the reviewer can actually take the time to assess the resume and make a judgment based on the content.

CompBanker’s Career Guidance Services: https://www.rossettiadvisors.com/

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Mar 5, 2021 - 8:44am
Mephistopheles, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Oof, I feel like I need to dust off the cobwebs or something, it's been a while since I've gone looking. However, we are looking to hire another principal so I've seen some examples from others. I would still try to keep it to 1 page and if you feel it necessary you can do a selected transactions sheet as a supplement to be furnished upon request. One thing that is definitely different about my resume now is the detail on first couple of gigs. There is only a sentence describing my basic function and a second bullet that says "Selected transactions: X, Y, Z, etc."

Honestly incredibly flattered that anyone would mention me in the same sentence as APAE and CompBanker, lol. 

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Mar 5, 2021 - 12:57pm
throaway92, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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