Old-timer looking for resume review

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I guess I'm not that old, but I'm old compared to most undergrads. (I didn't have the opportunity to get a post-secondary education till a few years ago. I'm 25 now.)

I'm finishing up second year at a Canadian non-target. Most of my work experience is in retail (sales and management). I am determined to break into IB and I'll do whatever I have to do to get there.

Please take a look and let me know what you think of my resume. Thanks.

http://www.razume.com/documents/19365

Region: 
Canada

Comments (9)

Mar 24, 2011

25 = old?

Sir, I'd really like to punch you.

Mar 24, 2011

meh, I feel like it's too old to break into such a competitive industry, but I'm determined. In my defense, I did say "old" compared to most undergraduates. Most of the kids in my classes aren't even 20 yet. I've been told I'm "mature" LOL

Anyways, feedback anyone?

Mar 25, 2011

The resume is good, but there are a few things you could improve. First, the format is good, M&I is always good to see, just easy to follow and well organized, so props on that. Your academic record is strong, which bodes well for you, not sure if you need to put relevant coursework for both academic institutions but it's not a huge deal (could free up more space should you choose to expand some of your work experience). As far as content, the trading simulation is a good thing to highlight (maybe show some performance statistics if they are favorable and available). As far as your work experience, I think that you can probably gear it a little bit more towards a finance/banking focus, and you would definitely benefit from more quantification (i.e. led to x% improvement, increased sales by x%, reduced costs by xyz, etc.), but overall you just need to get a finance internship to get you out of the "this is a retail guy" stereotype. I like the fact that you have an Additional section, but I would reword that as "Interests" and maybe throw on a few other miscellaneous things that make you "you." If you go to Rotman or York, I would definitely recommend reaching out to any alumni that you may be able to get in touch with through career services networks. I am not as familiar with Canada and Bay Street, but your resume is definitely strong enough to warrant someone giving you some time to discuss opportunities. Make a few small changes by adding more concrete numbers, check out the M&I article on resumes, and then start reaching out to people. Best of luck, and I hope that helps!

Mar 25, 2011

Fuck you. I did more than you at 28. Ok, just kidding, but seriously: 25 is NOT old.

Based on your resume, you sat around doing comfy retail jobs for a bunch of years and now think that you can be in finance. You probably can.....but your going to need to justify this.

I would make the case that the financial meltdown bought your attention to finance in a way you hadn't though was possible, and that while you were 'passionate' about retail, finance is your new love. Or some such nonsense.

For what it's worth, my first boss in finance did retail for 15 years before going into finance. Good luck.

Mar 25, 2011

Thanks for the advice rufiolove. I'll make some changes based on what you've said.

UFOinsider: Plenty of 20-somethings have done more than I have.

I had to work after highschool to help my family. There was no other choice. I worked hard for a while and moved into a management role, but I knew that when I had enough saved, I wanted to go back to school. I actually (somewhat) enjoyed managing in retail, so when I went back to school, I decided to take business management. While I was completing the program, my interests leaned toward finance more than anything else, so I switched my major from management to finance. At this point, I might still pursue a minor in management (or accounting, haven't decided yet, although accounting is really dragging my GPA down).

So yeah, on a side note: anyone wanting to learn how to snowboard, I'll swap a lesson for an internship interview!

Mar 28, 2011
qwacckers:

Thanks for the advice rufiolove. I'll make some changes based on what you've said.

UFOinsider: Plenty of 20-somethings have done more than I have.

I had to work after highschool to help my family. There was no other choice. I worked hard for a while and moved into a management role, but I knew that when I had enough saved, I wanted to go back to school. I actually (somewhat) enjoyed managing in retail, so when I went back to school, I decided to take business management. While I was completing the program, my interests leaned toward finance more than anything else, so I switched my major from management to finance. At this point, I might still pursue a minor in management (or accounting, haven't decided yet, although accounting is really dragging my GPA down).

So yeah, on a side note: anyone wanting to learn how to snowboard, I'll swap a lesson for an internship interview!

I can't currently help with an interview [I'm too new and don't have much power yet], but I hear you on supporting the family! There ARE firms that really like this, and it strikes a very, VERY deep chord with some people in industry. While some people had the blue chip experience, some got to do cool stuff in the military or other adventures, others got a pile of SHIT dumped on them and made it work. This is the least enjoyable situation, so sticking it out while you see other people coming and going is fucking frustrating, but the payoff is extremely rewarding. Honestly, the one thing that hamstrung me most was low grades: keep these up. Networking can overcome this, but you lose more time, so just focus on that.

I'm cheering for you, as I can relate to an extant, so keep up the good work!

Mar 28, 2011

Thanks UFOinsider. Much appreciated boost of confidence! Did you have industry experience on your resume? If you didn't how did you overcome that to get an interview with where you are now?

Mar 28, 2011
qwacckers:

Thanks UFOinsider. Much appreciated boost of confidence! Did you have industry experience on your resume? If you didn't how did you overcome that to get an interview with where you are now?

My guess is that it probably involved vaseline, a flute, 7 golfballs, and a "Hello Kitty" book bag...

"Cut the burger into thirds, place it on the fries, roll one up homey..." - Epic Meal Time

Mar 28, 2011
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