Prospective Analyst Resumes

Is it appropriate for prospective analysts to have an objective statement included in their resumes? Is it advantageous or potentially harmful?

Given the choice, which is better to have on a resume, an objective section or an 'interests' section where space for only one is available?

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Comments (34)

Oct 26, 2006 - 8:58pm

no point in having an "objective" section, it should be evident through your cover letter and what you're applying to. Interests also useless unless you have something really unusual.

focus on what people care about - your work experience, extracurricular involvement, awards/certifications and marks. Forget the fluffy stuff.

Oct 26, 2006 - 9:22pm

list ALL of your interests. especially include special abilities - examples include ballroom dancing, 140mph tennis serves, 495lb bench-presses.

hell, make a video while you're at it.

Oct 26, 2006 - 9:28pm

hahahaha. Seriously though, I had interests on my resume and everyone I met with brought them up. It is a good way to show that you have a personality. Lets face it, if you are offered a position you will be working with your interviewers nearly every minute of the day for 2-3 years. Along with quant skills, you should show that you are able to get along with others. Sounds elementary, but it is true.

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Oct 28, 2006 - 4:22pm

Half the shit in your pitchbooks is pretty fucking obvious too, yet you still put it in. If anything you should keep the people with the objectives as they have demonstrated their ability to put the patently obvious into writing.

One guy will toss a resume because of an objective another will keep it. You have 10000 resumes for 50 slots, its just luck after a certain point.

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Oct 27, 2006 - 9:42am

I agree, don't put the objective UNLESS you have so little to write about from your work experience, school/accolades/EC's, etc. that you have an over-abundance of whitespace. If it takes away some of the extra whitespace and makes the resume look more complete, do it. If you have 2-3 relevant internships you should have no problem going without the objective line.

Oct 27, 2006 - 11:39am

No objective statement, don't give anyone extra rope to hang you with. When reviewing resumes with my school team this year, most were critical of objective statements, they usually make you look like a tool.

Oct 28, 2006 - 11:59am

It's pretty clear what the objective is when you send a resume to an IB: "To obtain an analyst position in investment banking." I'll bet at least 10% of objectives are the same as mine above, word for word. When you have an objective like that, you're telling someone what they already know, and that's a waste of time.

Oct 28, 2006 - 12:47pm

hahaha i would laugh pretty hard if someone applied for a six-figure job at my firm with a resume that lists their hobbies and books they've read. I hope you didn't throw that in with your "long-standing heavy duty passion for finance" cover letter

Oct 28, 2006 - 1:15pm
thatguy123:
hahaha i would laugh pretty hard if someone applied for a six-figure job at my firm with a resume that lists their hobbies and books they've read. I hope you didn't throw that in with your "long-standing heavy duty passion for finance" cover letter

books are a stretch...but there is nothing wrong with listing your hobbies.

And no I didn't list either because I didn't have the space

Nov 15, 2006 - 2:47pm

I had a guy tell me he liked to read fabozzi for fun once.

Nov 15, 2006 - 5:25pm

And provided it's the best for you, do as well as you can and then worry about what jobs you want/can get down the road. You are in high school and you already want to be an ibanker? why?

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