How do I spin male modelling on my CV?

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Basically, I did a bit of underwear modelling for Aussie Bum and I'm wondering how I could word this as an Extra Curricular on my CV. I was thinking about something along the lines of "mandated to communicate a brand/product to millions of customers across the world, helping facilitate a XX% increase in turnover" ?

I was thinking of leaving it out, but I fear that it may leave a Summer gap on my CV. My gut tells me that there is some potential here, I just can't put my finger on it.

Any ideas will be gratefully received.

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Oct 20, 2010

Do it!

AUSSIE BUM

Male Underwear Model

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you can't calculate your affect on turnover, guy...

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Oct 20, 2010

How do you spin it? You spin it the hell off your resume.

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Oct 20, 2010

The only thing is, the campaign was part of a successful marketing push. Given that it was successful, I want to demonstrate the part I played and take some credit for it. Essentially, people who bought the product probably will have done so because they saw me wearing them. So, I'd like to think that I had a considerable input in increasing Turnover.

Obviously, I can't calculate or quantify exactly how much of the increase I was responsible for, which is why I phrased it as a contribution.

Using the format above is not conducive to the rest of my CV either. I need a little bit of an explanation.

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Oct 20, 2010
Clarkey:

Essentially, people who bought the product probably will have done so because they saw me wearing them.

Are you serious?

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Oct 20, 2010

Hahaha... is this a serious question? Ok, if you want to put this on your resume, please don't put something along the lines of "mandated to communicate a brand/product to millions of customers across the world, helping facilitate a XX% increase in turnover".

That would make you look like a total douche.

Just 'professional modeling - Aussie Bum product' or 'professional modeling - part of successful marketing campaign'.

This is something that could either catch someone's attention... or make you the laughingstock of the recruiting process. The latter will happen if you take this too seriously.

Oct 20, 2010

Just attach a copy of your best print with your resume and put under the job title...see attached

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Oct 20, 2010

Honestly I wouldn't include this on your resume. I assume you're applying to finance positions (being on WSO) and this just isn't relevant to the work you'd be doing. Plus, spinning a modeling job into "facilitating an increase in XX% in turnover" is bullshit that any HR exec will see through.

It's definitely impressive, but more something that you share of drinks with your future co-workers, or let the female ones "find out" down the road.

Oct 20, 2010

mer Man!!!!

Oct 20, 2010
adapt or die:

mer Man!!!!

LOL ^

Oct 20, 2010

When you describe a previous position on your resume, you are expected to describe what YOU actually did. For example, if you were working in a banking internship on a major M&A deal, you might write that you built models, put together presentations, researched the industry, and wrote a CIM. You wouldn't write that you single handedly sold a $3b company to KKR, you'd instead describe your specific role. Similarly, if you worked as a male model on a major campaign, you should describe the what you actually did - "stood in my underwear while people took pictures of me in various poses." If you think those actions are actually relevant to the finance job to which you're applying, then by all means include it.

Oct 20, 2010

Since a male will probably be interviewing you, this is probably a bad idea. There's a stereotype that models have shit for brains, and other males don't want to have competition for best-looking at work.

Oct 20, 2010

LOL! Not sure if you're trying to be unique here Zoolander but I highly doubt being able to do Magnum would get your foot in the door of any bank.

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Oct 20, 2010

Cock pic. Boom, roasted.

Also, pics or you don't exist hahaha.

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Oct 20, 2010

You just put: "Willing to provide a dick shot"

Then you'll find out what REALLY drives the industry

Oct 20, 2010

Nobody on this site knows how to spin the truth.

Dude, this is an easy one, just write:

Aussie Bum
- Extensive modeling for sales and marketing of new product

"If you can count your money, you don't have a billion dollars." - J. Paul Getty

Oct 20, 2010
San Franciscan:

Nobody on this site knows how to spin the truth.

Dude, this is an easy one, just write:

Aussie Bum
- Extensive modeling for sales and marketing of new product

could be pretty entertaining to answer a follow up question on the type of modeling should it come up in the interview... would be a bit awkward when they find out that you were fashion modeling rather than financial modeling... if you were a chick i'd say this would score you major kudos with a recruiter, but as a guy i think this whole situation is bad news bears and i would avoid

Oct 20, 2010

You know, you might actually be able to pull this off. Do this:

Aussie Bum
-Modeled extensively in support of PR push in order to increase sales
-Learned how to model in a variety of situations under diverse conditions

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Oct 20, 2010

....

is this a joke or serious lol

Oct 20, 2010

Outgoing personality and charm are important trait that all banker needs to have as it is a sales job. One of my college buddy did A&F modeling. He ended up with a Goldman Sachs IBD full-time. Just make sure your got high enough GPA to justify your intelligent.

Oct 20, 2010

You can talk about how tough/stressul the photoshoots were

Oct 20, 2010

Were you in Bruno?

Oct 20, 2010

Granted, it was intended to be taken as 'tongue-in-cheek'. Essentially, I was trying to evoke some interesting responses as to how this can be worded without sounding like a tosser. The alternative is to leave a gap, which would arouse suspicion.

The suggestion I put forward myself was intended to raise a few jeers.

Oct 20, 2010

Tread lightly, you have the potential to really screw yourself over here. As others have said, it will almost certainly be a guy interviewing you, so you really don't want to come off as "Mr. Calvin Klein". You don't want list it as something ambiguous either, otherwise as soon as they ask you what you did in the "marketing department" and you say "I was a male model" they're going to think you're a moron and probably feel you deceived them a bit.

Either way, modeling is definitely not going to get you the job, so hopefully your resume is strong enough in other areas that you can talk about and fill the interview. The modeling is something you want to breeze through and move on. When the topic of your summer modeling comes up, just say "Yeah I had the opportunity to work with Aussie Bum for the summer doing some modeling. It paid the bills, was a lot of fun, and I got the chance to meet some really interesting people in the fashion industry. I learned a lot about branding."

Then shut up and move on to the next topic. Also, if you get hired, be prepared for someone to find those pictures of you in your undies and email them around to the entire office.

Oct 20, 2010

Spin the modeling experience to vaguely represent financial duties.

Aussie Bum
Model
- Created presentation materials for a major PR campaign
- Gained valuable modeling experience
- Anticipated cold market and shaved excesses prior to exposition
- Led initiative to remain in a static position long enough to capture an image for the market
- Streamlined a great opportunity bringing up the rear during the campaign

Of course, you can add more since the only reason anybody would consider adding this shit stems from the abundance of white space on their resume. You can easily BS an employment gap, but your reason should not be a stint in underwear modeling.

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Oct 20, 2010

put gay porn star

Oct 20, 2010

Definitely put it on. They will at least know your not some fat ugly slob. Lets be honest. Banking is all about prestige and looks are important to some degree. IMO

You will only disagree with this statement if you are ugly.

Oct 20, 2010

WSO never fails to put a smile on my face. I love this website dearly.

Oct 20, 2010

of course put it on your resume, look at how many replies and interest you are getting on this forum

just say you did male modelling, instead of fucking "underwear modelling"

Oct 21, 2010

i have modeling as wel on my resumel but i am short and fat..when they ask.. i say "hung like a horse" they tend to get the point

Oct 21, 2010
monty09:

i have modeling as wel on my resumel but i am short and fat..when they ask.. i say "hung like a horse" they tend to get the point

So literally a BSD...couldn't resist

If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses - Henry Ford

Oct 21, 2010

People here clearly don't understand women. Most women have zero desire to date or interact with male models--even to women male modeling is a joke. Most men don't get that women are far less visual than men, which is why they close their eyes immediately when they start to kiss. My best guess is that it would score as little points with a female interviewer as it would a male interviewer. There are plenty of good-looking 20-somethings vying for those jobs that didn't do modeling.

Oct 21, 2010
Virginia Tech 4ever:

People here clearly don't understand women. Most women have zero desire to date or interact with male models--even to women male modeling is a joke. Most men don't get that women are far less visual than men, which is why they close their eyes immediately when they start to kiss. My best guess is that it would score as little points with a female interviewer as it would a male interviewer. There are plenty of good-looking 20-somethings vying for those jobs that didn't do modeling.

"Some" women's small brains never fail to amaze me. Where on this page do you see anyone talking about dating a male model? Can you have the decency to take some time and read what we are discussing here? Men are visual (always keep my eyes open during fellatio) if that makes you feel better. And last but not least, he asked how he could spin it so it looks good on his resume.

Please don't take offense to what I said either. Thank you!

Oct 21, 2010
barboon:

Men are visual (always keep my eyes open during fellatio) if that makes you feel better.

Do you swallow too??

Oct 21, 2010
Virginia Tech 4ever:

People here clearly don't understand women. Most women have zero desire to date or interact with male models--even to women male modeling is a joke.

What sort of extensive experience with male modeling do you have that you would know this? What women do you know that have told you that they don't care for male models as people and they could never see themselves being with or even working with one? My hunch is that all you know are busted chicks who know they could never get one and that's what they say to cope with reality. I agree it may not score points for interviews, but don't make broad assumptions that girls that don't give a shit about looks. I'm pretty fucking sure there's a reason they don't have Vikram Pandit in Calvin Klein ads. If you're smart with good looks and a personality (which you seem to be suggesting are mutually exclusive), you can absolutely kill it. And a lot of the successful girls I know would definitely bring in someone reasonably qualified with model on their resume. Mainly because they're not frigid bitches.

Every one of your posts slowly decreases my will to live.

Oct 21, 2010

barboon, hey, genius, could you please read the thread in detail and note where people are saying that this would go over better with a female interviewer than a male interviewer? The answer is no, this is not likely the case at all. The point is, men always assume women think the way men do, only that women are attracted to penis. The fact is, this is not the case. And the point is, indicating he is a male model on his resume is mostly a bad idea even IF the person receiving the resume and conducting the interview were a woman.

Oct 21, 2010

the only way for us to tell is to link to pics.

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Oct 21, 2010

Nice, CREAM.

to the OP - don't put it on unless you want loads of interviewers/resume reviewers laughing at you. We laugh at people for much less, and I imagine something like that would be poorly received. When guys in a bank think of a model, they're thinking Tuesday nights at some "hip" club in the city where they can take one home. As cliched as it sounds, it's pretty true, especially for the young, immature junior bankers right out of college who are exploring the city.

While it is possible to use your womanly charms in the workplace for little things, it's a lot different being viewed as a hot piece of flesh and someone who is gorgeous but as smart as a whip. Don't start off on the wrong foot.

I'd say a lot of girls in my bank are all pretty good looking, really smart, and accomplished in someway or another.

Oct 21, 2010

I would disagree somewhat with HS. I know from a former gf how demanding modelling is and how draining some gigs can turn out to be. It may not necessarily be a good idea to put modelling on your resume, but you could bring it in in an interview situation to answer one of the "Gimme an example when you..." questions.
Congratulations on Elite, though. You'll be beating them away with a stick if you do end up at a BB.

Oct 21, 2010

I'd leave it off the resume but mention it if it's a relevant answer to a question. Unless you are doing some serious work in which case then it is definitely part of your career history.

But personally I would not want to be known on my desk as "the model girl." There's a lot of connotations behind that that frankly aren't going to be great for how you're perceived. Better just to be smart and attractive. Not sure where you get the idea that IBs are full of "bland quant type girls" - there are a lot of attractive girls at my firm.

Oct 21, 2010

Good call. And fp175, you're right-- I can't say I remember too many unattractive women at these banks when I interviewed a few months ago. Thanks guys.

Oct 21, 2010

I dated a runway model years back and came to find out that there really isn't that much money in modelling. Like acting and playing the lottery, it's usually a negative NPV gig, but the few big names give the masses the impression that it's this big money career, like real estate development or investment banking. But I digress.

Oct 21, 2010
Virginia Tech 4ever:

I dated a runway model years back and came to find out that there really isn't that much money in modelling. Like acting and playing the lottery, it's usually a negative NPV gig, but the few big names give the masses the impression that it's this big money career, like real estate development or investment banking. But I digress.

Was she a runway model in Blacksburg? NY models make bank.

Oct 21, 2010

Would it make any difference if you specifically indicated that you were a "fashion model" as opposed to any other kind of model? I think it would be almost inevitable to think of you as "the model girl" if I saw it on your resume, but I wouldn't necessarily agree that all people reading your resume would jump to some sort of inappropriate conclusion about your work history. I think if it's a part of who you are, you shouldn't feel like you need to hide it -- rather, it's more of a matter of how you present it on the resume. I don't have any creative suggestions for this but I'm sure there has to be a way to do it without giving anyone any bad ideas.

Besides, it seems like you do well in school and have already had some good employment opportunities -- do people really think it's so improbable to find women that are smart, accomplished, and good-looking at the same time? Hopefully not...at least not where I'm from

Oct 21, 2010

I think the more relevant question is whats your definition of a runway model. When someone tells me they are a runway model, they better be a consistently employed runway model for legitimate shows/designers. Anyone who is a model/waitress and tells me shes a runway model is likely to be wearing my fish taco.

Oct 21, 2010
IBD123:

BA little about my background: rising junior at a semi-target, 3.7 GPA, two finance internships one currently at a BB in Asset Management.

If I saw these stats on your resume AND saw that you were a model, I'd absolutely without hesitation move you to the top of my resume stack. Your personality is going to define how you're perceived in the office. The fact that you were a model isn't going to do anything negative if you've got the brains and personality strength to back it up.

Oct 21, 2010

I'd agree with nystateofmind. My sense is that a lot of people have this preconception about models having this sense of arrogance, dramaticism, entitlement or whatever -- and it probably doesn't help that it's really the media (and Zoolander) that popularizes these stereotypes. But if you come across as someone that's normal, agreeable, down-to-earth or whatever, you'd be find. I don't want to say that you'd be "proving someone wrong," but as with anything, people tend to have stereotypes about all kinds of things and if you just be a normal person, they're more likely to judge you based on what they see rather than some preconceived notion they may have had before they met you.

Anyway, that's just what I would do if I were interviewing someone like you.

Oct 21, 2010

i think you'll get more interviews if you put it on there. higher chances at super days too (when hungry MDs/SVPs do the interviews).

Oct 21, 2010

As a female in a bank already, I'll say again:

You don't want to be the "model girl."

Here are the options:

1) You are a model but you have a "fashion" look rather than a Sports Illustrated look (e.g. Lily Cole, Alek Wek). You put that you're a model on your resume, some guy offers an interview hoping you're hot, he doesn't think you actually are, and it backfires. Now you are "the girl who thinks she's hot because she's a model but actually looks like crap."

2) You are a hot model. You put it on your resume, a guy interviews on you, wants to sleep with you, and offers you a job. You now get to deal with sexual harassment/being uncomfortable/people talking about you when you're actually on the desk.

No matter how you slice it, take two equally attractive girls, the one who is a model will almost always be viewed in a more sexual vein by men. They can't help it.

Oct 21, 2010
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