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    Cover Letter and Resume Workshop (January 2008) Cover Letter and Resume Workshop (January 2008) Presentation Transcript

    • Investment Banking Cover Letter & Résumé Workshop Annie Deng Ekaterina Petrovitch January 11 th , 2008
    • Agenda
      • Introduction
      • Overview of recruiting process
      • Preparing your application package
        • Résumé
        • Cover letter
      • Examples of résumés and cover letters
    • Introduction
      • Annie Deng
      • Analyst
      • Lazard, Beijing
      • [email_address]
      • Ekaterina Petrovitch
      • Analyst
      • Morgan Stanley, Toronto
      • [email_address]
    • Overview of Recruiting Process
      • Recruiting starts in early January
      • Banks come to McGill and give information sessions
        • Attend every information session and speak to as many people as possible
      • Interview process:
        • First round interviews are held in Bronfman, at the bank’s office in Montreal, or by telephone
        • Second round interviews are conducted in NYC/Toronto, typically as a “Super Saturday”
        • Offers are extended following successful second round interviews
    • Application Package
      • Serves one function: to get you an interview
      • Consists of
        • R é sum é (1 page)
        • Cover Letter (1 page)
        • Unofficial Transcript
      • Read instructions carefully…
    • Preparing your Application Package
      • Read job descriptions very carefully and tailor your application to fit the descriptions
        • Check out the company’s website
      • Some qualities of a great analyst:
        • High degree of initiative and motivation
        • Strong quantitative & analytical skills
        • Attention to detail (perfect formatting, no errors, on time)
        • Quick learner
        • Results-driven
    • Résumé - Format
      • ONE page only
      • Standard font selection i.e. Times New Roman
      • Divide into relevant sections
        • Education, Work Experience, Extracurricular, Skills, Interests
      • No more than 3-4 bullets for each job/activity
      • Keep tenses, dates, and other formatting consistent
      • No spelling/grammar mistakes!
    • Résumé - Content
      • Prioritize points you want to get across, such as summer internships and quantitative work experience
      • As much as possible, what you write should relate to investment banking
        • Relate your experiences to skills/attributes they are seeking
        • Go back to the job description/analyst skills checklist
      • Keep your statements concise, and quantify where possible.
      • Use power verbs!
      • Make sure you can talk about everything you write on your resume, including interests and hobbies
    • Cover Letter
      • One page, 3 -5 paragraphs
        • Paragraph 1: Self introduction and why you want to apply for that particular bank
        • Paragraph 2-4: Talk about relevant work experience, extracurricular activities, awards and achievements
          • Relate all these experiences to how it will help you in your role as an analyst, i.e. Captain of sports team = leadership skills, competitive spirit
          • Show, don’t tell
        • Paragraph 5: Summarize why you are a good candidate and your passion for the job; make a good closing
      • Make a reference to the bank, i.e. conversations with an executive, etc.
    • Transcript
      • Copy-paste from Minerva into a Word document
      • Do not edit anything
    • Helpful Tips
      • Have your r é sum é and cover letter read over by the Career Service and several other people
        • (Having an investment banker edit it would not be such a bad idea…)
      • Make sure there are NO typos. Even one typo is unacceptable
      • Remove any extraneous and irrelevant info. Less is more
      • Make your files into PDF format
    • Resources
      • CC website http:// www.mcgill.ca/management/career/signin /
        • Your guide to r é sum é s, cover letters, and interviews
        • Access to Vault Guides
      • CC office
        • Several books available, sample r é sum é s and cover letters
      • List of power verbs
      • http:// www.jobskills.info/resume_edge/power_verb.htm
      • CC website http:// www.mcgill.ca/management/career/signin /
        • Your guide to r é sum é s, cover letters, and interviews
        • Access to Vault Guides
      • CC office
        • Several books available, sample r é sum é s and cover letters
      • List of power verbs
      • http:// www.jobskills.info/resume_edge/power_verb.htm
    • Coming Up!
      • Technical Interview Workshop – January 18, 2008
        • Bronfman Room TBA
        • 1:00-2:00 (to be confirmed)
        • Check www.mcgillinvestmentclub.com for updates!
    • Questions?