Last part of Investment Banking Resume?

What do you think looks better as the last part of my resume? I don't have any experience in investment banking but am trying to break in. I feel like the first example shows that I am well rounded but the second example is direct experience. Please let me know what you think.

Example 1
Technical Skills: Advanced in Excel, PowerPoint * Proficient in Bloomberg, R
Training: * Pillars of Wall Street one-day boot camp on 3-statement accounting and valuation.
*Modeling: * Breaking into Wall Street's online course covering valuation, M&A and LBO
*Certifications: * Bloomberg Market Concepts Certificate Program * CFA Level I Candidate Dec. 2019
*Community Service:


A case study from the Breaking into Wall Street with selected transaction experience listed. The bullet points would be set up with indents so it would be easier to read.

Example 2
Investment Banking Case Studies Program
Certificate of completion
* Selected Transaction Experience:
o $2B acquisition of ABC Company by DFG Company.
--> Performed comparable co., precedent transaction and DCF analysis to find offer was undervalued by 5%.
--> Built an accretion/dilution model to ABC Company's ability to pay $2.5mm for the acquisition.

Comments (14)

Apr 16, 2019

I do not understand the layout, so i cannot speak to what is already on your resume. With that being said, I usually advise to leave the last section of the resume to talk about various skills, certifications & interests. Seeing as it follows, work experience and education they should already have a good idea on who you are professionally. I would utilize this space to knowledge any additional details you may want banks to know. "Interests" is a big section as bankers usually want people to have somewhat of a life. Talk about your love for sports or about the awards you won, etc.

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Apr 17, 2019

Cannot stress enough how often interests win people offers

"If you ain't first, you're last!" - GOAT

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Apr 17, 2019

Can't agree more with this.

Source: Got a generous offer higher than advertised because the C.O.O. of the investment firm saw that I played rugby on my interests section.

Plus its something you can talk about towards the end. List like 5-6 things that aren't cringy stuff like video-games or Coachella.

Apr 17, 2019

Absolutely should have "Interests" and interesting things as the last bullet of your resume. I instantly trash a resume which doesn't. We don't need to hire accretion/dilution robots, there are plenty of normal people who can do the work just fine.

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Apr 17, 2019

What do you consider interest? Couldn't volunteer work show interest? Or do you mean like running 5ks or reading the Wall Street Journal?

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Apr 17, 2019

More along the lines of the ladder. But please do not put WSJ unless its your literal only hobby. Everyone and their mom should be reading WSJ. Talk about your interest in pottery, music, underwater basket-weaving. Show some originality. Dont' be cookie cutter.

Apr 17, 2019

Projects and Interests sections.

NOONE CARES about your proficiency in Excel, because proficiency is a learned skill.
list your projects, such as those training programs or case study program or other school projects and then list your interests on a new line. If you have a common interest as reader/interviewer that is a very good sign. Also include some unique interests because no one wants to interview someone whose listed interests are only a bunch of sports or something related to finance.

Also do not put CFA candidate for December on your resume, anyone can put that even if they aren't registered yet. ADD CFA after you have completed the first exam and earned a passing grade.

Apr 17, 2019

I beg to differ on the CPA candidate comment. If you are solely lacking "working under CPA" Requirement, or are 1-2 tests out I think it is wise to put it on there. But if you havent taken any tests/still in classes, it is not wise. Its an accomplishment worth noting to differentiate.

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Apr 17, 2019