New Grad Resume


I just graduated, most of the positions I keep getting interviews for seem to be either back-office or contract. I would still like to aim for investment banking and equity research jobs. Most of my internships were in the front office in Trading or Financial Analysis roles.

I think my resume needs improvement and could be one of the things to help start landing more interviews in the sell-side of the business.

Comments (9)

Aug 13, 2009

pm'd you

Aug 13, 2009

Why is your Bachelor of Computer Science only 2004-2006....
Are you applying to front office positions and they're referring you to back office? Or are you just sending off the resume for "any position".

Which reminds me...if you are sending this off to the Big 5 in Canada... you shouldn't be getting back office interviews because you must apply directly to back office.

(p.s. if you're a quantitative and trying to get on a sales and trading in Canada as opposed to IBD... it REALLY helps if you went to the University of Waterloo)

Aug 13, 2009

I transferred after doing about 1 to 1.5 years of CS at UW. Therefore I have programming and database skills, which most trading jobs look for. Also the same skills I have used in my past positions. Should I take off that I went to UW for my first year?

I am applying to a variety of positions right now due to the market conditions. Postings for Big5 entry level trading positions are pretty non-existent right now, unless I am mistaken.

I would like to target energy trading desks in Canada, but truly there is nothing out there I have seen, so now open to applying to other sectors.

Aug 13, 2009

Yeah i can tell you personally that UW is heavily represented at TD Securities... but if you show that you didn't finish your degree.. they'll wonder why you didn't follow through... basically they'll ask why they should hire you (who didn't finish the degree), while half of the trading desk did

So if it's incomplete.. to avoid skepticism.. i'd consider taking it off

and no...the entry level positions are not "non-existent".
I can guarantee that the following will be hiring entry level rotational associates in sales and trading this fall:

TD Securities
CIBC World Markets
RBC Capital
Scotia Capital
so i'm not quite sure where you got your information regarding non-existent positions

Aug 13, 2009

Good points. Sorry to be clear, I am a new graduate, I went through rotational interviews last year, most banks hiring numbers were very low, fierce competition last year. As a new grad I do not beleive my school will allow me to apply for the rotational program.

But agreed I know TD for a fact hired very little last year, and is looking to hire more associates this year same case with BMO.

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Aug 14, 2009

Just wondering, why is a 10.5/12 the equivalent of an A-? Depending on the school, an A- usually equates to a 3.67 in the US. If you calculated it, wouldn't your 10.5/12 be equal a 3.5/4.0 exactly? Again, I don't know how Canadian schools calculate GPA so I was just pointing this out..

Aug 14, 2009

Probably because getting 10.5/12 in Canada is as hard as getting an A- in US, ie. only top 25% of the students will score 10.5/12 and above. Grades differ across countries, thus a so-so GPA by US standard ie 3.3-3.5 can mean graduating with honors/cum laude/top 10% in other countries. It's your job as an applicant to make it look as good as possible in your resume.

Aug 14, 2009

Anything 3.5+ means you have more A's than B's.

Aug 14, 2009