Roast my undergraduate CV

Hey WSO members,

I'm asking for help to take a look/roast at my CV.

I am applying for an internship at an asset management firm where their focus is on fundamental value investing on global equities. Looking for advice on anything I could do to improve my CV, not only for the sake of applying for this AM internship, but in general as well. 

Also was wondering if the descriptions/bullet points are too vague? For example, would it be better if I was more specific about the equity research experience? If so, how are some ways I could dive into more detail or things I could talk about?

Don't bother with constructive criticism, just tear my CV apart. Any feedback is truly appreciated, thank you in advance.

I uploaded an updated version of the CV based on the comments I received. As a prospect, I would have liked to see the changes that have been made by many others on site who have reached out for help on their CV. Putting mines out here to make an archive case future prospects have a reference if they stumble upon this page. Again, very appreciative of all the feedback.

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Comments (20)

May 31, 2021 - 6:35am

Looks nice to me. Good luck. I wish you much success. Not sure if I have any other feedback to give you right now but thought you may still appreciate this

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 31, 2021 - 7:50am

This is what I would change first:

-add major GPA since cumulative is not very high

-try to put more numbers as results in your bullets, I can't find a single one and bankers want to see what you concluded/obtained

-your second point of Citi experience is not a sentence, did you miss first word?

-remove computer skills, delete excel and PPT please, and move Capital IQ with the first skills

May 31, 2021 - 11:43am

Thanks for your feedback and taking the time to read it, I really appreciate it. I will try to see where I can insert figures to convey my impact into something more tangible. Also makes sense about the 'computer' section as PPT and Excel are kind of no shit, also saves space. Struggling to think of how I can put numbers on the equity research experience right now, any ideas on your end? Again, thanks.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 31, 2021 - 2:54pm

for example, the first line could be done in two ways:

-generated [number] investment recc based on....

but imo the best way is to redo the whole bullets and create a bullet point for each of your recommendation and go into detail something like:

-generated recommendation to initiate long position on $30mm revenue Chinese internet company based on DCF and public comparables valuation to derive price target with 15% upside on current share price

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Jun 1, 2021 - 2:02am

Hey, thanks for following up again and spelling out the example. Would definitely redo the entire section. Instead of wasting time having interviewers fish out the basic information, more productive conversations could be had since more time could be used to discuss about the details of the experience. 

  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 31, 2021 - 12:36pm

As a current A2 I would throw your resume in the trash if it ever came across my desk just because of the Forage Citi point. How can you represent that as experience? It's a 1 hr online experience where you can submit absolute crap and still get the little certificate at the end…

I don't quite know how competitive AM recruiting is compared to IB, but this is just misrepresentation and false advertising.

  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 31, 2021 - 2:48pm

lol he's def not an intern, is this thing actually just a few hours, I am not from UK so didn't notice. If it is I def agree, delete otherwise it's pretty stupid

  • Intern in IB - Gen
May 31, 2021 - 2:52pm

Yeah, saw it a bit too much over the last recruiting cycle so I checked it out. 3 modules, 5-minute videos in each where they ask you to submit some work based on a template they provide. Absolute crap.

Jun 1, 2021 - 1:51am

Hey, thank you for taking the time go through the CV and give feedback. It makes sense that these do not warrant as experience. 

I understand this would be binned for SA recruiting. I am a transfer student so I still have two years before recruiting for SA; this AM internship would be part of the preparation for SA recruiting. In any case, would it be acceptable to have those activities listed the way it is now, as younger students might not be expected to have had the time to acquire as many real working experiences?

Regardless, your advice is sound. I think I would compile all these activities into one or two bullets like @ebitda-d suggested. Truly appreciate the comments, very helpful.

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
May 31, 2021 - 2:57pm

If you feel comfortable with those skills that you listed. You are opening pandoras box of questions. Get ready to get grilled on LBO's as well.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
May 31, 2021 - 3:23pm

If you feel comfortable with those skills that you listed. You are opening pandoras box of questions. Get ready to get grilled on LBO's as well.

I second this point. 1.) these skills don't matter to an employer because they cannot be done at a professional level (I did not list any skills on my resume), and 2.) you are leaving yourself exposed to getting grilled. This is all from personal experience.

May 31, 2021 - 6:50pm

I'd get rid of the Citi and Lazard points and add some general extracurriculars not related to finance. Both are, at most, a few hours and don't really add anything to you. It'd be one thing if you "case competitor" and listed Lazard and a bunch of other comps/sessions, but to have that many bullet points on that and Citi doesn't make sense. Virtually every job in finance has long hours and you'll be working next to people and interacting with them more than your friends and family. They get a ton of perfect resumes submitted and have their pick of the litter on who to select. They don't want to hire a class of finance hardos who spent the entirety of university doing nothing but finance stuff. In interests you put rugby, cross country, and running - if you're on any uni team for those add that instead. Be more well rounded.

For skills, just drop that whole line. The only thing there is that you're fluent in English, which is a requirement. Whatever other language that's there, unless you're fluent, doesn't really matter - you can put it in interests and say language learning though. For Modelling you better know your way through them backwards and forwards because they'll grill you on them since they're listing and if you put it on there, they'll assume your proficient, if not an expert at them

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