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  • 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:// /
      • 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://
    • CC website http:// /
      • 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://
  • Coming Up!
    • Technical Interview Workshop – January 18, 2008
      • Bronfman Room TBA
      • 1:00-2:00 (to be confirmed)
      • Check for updates!
  • Questions?