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Resume & Cover Letter Workshop (F08)

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    • Investment Banking Cover Letter & Résumé Workshop Presented by: Jessica Delfino September 9 th , 2008 With contributions by Annie Deng & Ekaterina Petrovitch
    • Agenda
      • Introduction
      • Overview of recruiting process
      • Preparing your application package
        • Résumé
        • Cover Letter
        • Unofficial Transcript
      • Examples of résumés and cover letters
    • Introduction
      • Jessica Delfino
        • Highlights Producer
        • NBC Sports, Paris, London, New York, Los Angeles
        • [email_address]
    • Overview of Recruiting Process
      • Recruiting starts in early September
      • 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
        • Résumé (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
    • 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 you 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 résumé and cover letter read over by Career Services 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
        • Always send to recruiters in PDF format
    • Resources
      • CC website
        • Your guide to résumés, cover letters, and interviews
        • Access to Vault Guides
      • CC office
        • Several books available, sample résumés and cover letters
      • Lots of great websites including:
        • http://ibankingresumes.blogspot.com/
        • http://www.mergersandinquisitions.com/investment-banking-resumes/
    • Coming Up!
      • Technical Interview Workshop
        • Thursday, September 18 th ; 4:30 – 6:00 pm in Bronfman Room 204
        • Join our Facebook group for updates!
    • Question and Answer