Skills section on resume

I looked around and couldn't find any definitive answers on the forum. How do we feel about the 'skills' section on a resume when applying to an IB SA or FT role?

I have plenty of computer skills (python, c, SQL), but I'm only meh with excel (I need to take a course and practice).

People have horror stories about being grilled on excel because it was in their skills section-something I'm fairly certain would end my interview immediately. I'm thinking about removing the section entirely, but...I'm worried that it'll mean a pass-over by the computer resume scanning services that HR uses. Maybe it's odd not to have...just cause that's the norm.

Would love to hear from people that have played a role hiring/interviewing!

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Comments (9)

Aug 26, 2021 - 10:11pm

To follow up, in my bullet points / content, I made sure to meaningfully incorporate skills I want to highlight, don't just throw them in, but make sure they are there as well. Helpful to provide context around the skills, haven't been grilled yet.

  • Incoming Analyst in IB - Gen
Aug 26, 2021 - 11:50pm

That's awesome. Curious as to which banks those would be considering all the threads regarding which banks are still running FT processes

Aug 26, 2021 - 10:17pm

thanks-incorporating skills into bullets is probably the correct thing to do. Do you include any test scores? I have a 35 on my ACT and I figure it looks decent at this point, but honestly don't know where I would include it.

Feel like having a "test" section would be weird since I don't really have anything else to put there.

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Aug 27, 2021 - 3:44am

Would having a 1510 out of 1600 on the SAT be worthy enough to list on there, or no point? (Never took the ACT btw) Thank you?

Aug 30, 2021 - 9:47am

I would include it, especially if you go to a nontarget. For reference, I'm a TA for a class at my school where I help students make their resumes and the general rule of thumb is to include it if it's over 1450 (especially when you're still in the early/middle stages of college)

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Aug 27, 2021 - 3:44am

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