9/18/17

Hey WSO, I recently graduated this past month in August and have been on the search for a job as an investment banking analyst. Starting from when I was a freshman in college, I have worked my way up as a retail sales associate, to a property management real estate intern, and finally getting an opportunity to work at both a hybrid investment bank/consulting firm and a BB PWM last summer. I would love any criticism or comments from all of you because I am trying my best to find a job in investment banking or portfolio management.

I didn't network enough last year and now I am putting all my effort into emailing and setting up informational interviews with people in LA or SF since I live around the area. I have a low cumulative GPA of 3.0 but that is why I have only listed my major GPA on my resume. I understand I have a low GPA and this is mainly because I have had to work 30-40 hours a week and have worked over 9 jobs/internships over my college career to support my tuition costs. Please rip my resume apart and let me know if you think I would be able to make it to a BB, MM, or even boutique bank. Thank you in advance!

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9/18/17

Looks like any other resume.

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9/18/17

A few comments
- ubs wealth management huh?
- Analyzed and conducted market research on the basic materials sector to find opportunities within the equity
market --> why waste one whole line on the word market
- ADDITIONAL INFORMATION --> add in excel skills, bloomberg\
- seo intern manager --> no idea what u do there. manage 15-20 interns doesnt add value as well, unless you provide me with backup information
- try to say what u achieved at the end of every job description. For example --> stocks pitched managed a xx% return over a period of xx years

9/19/17

Thank you very much @Mamypokozang! Appreciate the comments. I agree with you, I have reduced the amount of bullets from my extracurricular activities and added additional experience from a previous internship.

Do you think that my job description for the Boutique IB firm and Wealth Management sounds good? I wasn't sure if I had enough action and result from those bullet points.

9/19/17

I would think Boutique IB is good. However, for BB wealth management you could elaborate more.

* Analyzed mutual funds by calculating metrics of risk and performance to replace poor performing funds for high net worth individuals --> maybe u made use of models? how complex? any var analysis done or iterations made. and what was the result
* Member of financial advisory team that managed over $250m in assets for high net worth individuals--> so wad do you do in the advisory team? what is your value add and how does it show the recruiter taht this point value adds to building your character
* Assisted with updating client accounts and financial goal analysis through UBS software --> sounds pretty boring to me this one, unless u can say smth like scenario analysis for my clients and proposed changes to their portfolios. xx% took up my recommendatinos, and netted them a xx% upside compared to their current portfolio in a year/ rebalanced them to suit market condtions.. idk . but im pretty sure you get what i mean right?

9/19/17

Awesome! I am working on changing all my bullet points for my work experiences besides the Boutique IB. I did pretty standard stuff at the BB wealth management so I didn't want to add too much bs because interns were limited in what they could work on. Once again, I really appreciate the reply! (:

9/19/17

No problem. All the best to your future endeavours! Hopefully WSO gives u a complimentary name change from The Intern to The Analyst or something. HAHA cheers!

9/19/17

Thank you! I wish you the best as well. That would be awesome if WSO eventually gives me a name change after I break into the industry! (:

9/19/17

Hey man, Class of 2017 here as well. Some helped me on my resume a while ago, and he's from a T2 balance sheet shop (Think WF, SG, BNP) and he told me to elaborate on my Experience Part, and write as little as you can on the Relevant Coursework part. I found this helpful

9/19/17

Thanks for the tip! You're right. I removed the relevant coursework because it's probably self explanatory if I was a finance major. It also gives me 2 more lines to work with for my resume. How are you doing in your job search? Or are you graduating in Fall of 2017?

9/19/17

I'd actually suggest shorter descriptions.
People tend to have preconceived notions for what certain companies/positions are involved with, so writing too much seems repetitive since eyes tend to glaze over it. (Mine do)

Then again, I'm a minimalist.

9/19/17

Sounds good! I'm working on shortening the descriptions for my clubs and extracurricular activities since I think adding one more previous internship could benefit me. I'm not sure if you mean that I should shorten some of my bullets for the IB firm and BB WM to one line though...

9/19/17

Did you have a high ACT score (30+)? If so, I would consider putting it on there. I'm a non-target as well and multiple interviewers have asked me for it. One even recommended I just put it on my resume as its an 'equalizer.' Other posters have given good advice as well.

9/19/17

Unfortunately, I did not take the ACT in high school :. My SAT score was also mediocre (1700 - 1750). I do wish I had taken tests more seriously back in high school because I noticed that a lot of applications ask for my previous SAT or ACT scores. I was considering studying and trying to score very high on the GMAT just so I can boost my resume but I've heard that it is a waste of time unless I plan on going to business school right after. At the moment, I'm considering studying for the CFA level 1 while networking to make up for my poor cumulative GPA and wasn't sure if this would be the right move.

9/19/17
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