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Sample graduate investment and banking CV

Use our annotated example of a successful application to help structure your own.

Ensure you have a voicemail set up for the contact number you
14 House Street, Roundabout Road, Swindon, SW1 4GT use, so recruiters are able to leave a message.
Phone: 07778 7891012
Check your spam inbox for emails from your target employers.
2009 – 2012 London School of Economics, BSc Mathematics and Economics Include your expected grade if you haven’t graduated yet.
(1st expected – current average 77.8%)
mathematics of finance and evaluation; advanced
economic analysis; advanced mathematical economics and complex analysis Most recruiters are familiar with degrees such as economics,
2002 – 2009 Leaton High School mathematics, and politics, philosophy and economics, so you
• A Levels: Mathematics (A), Economics (A), Biology (A) don’t have to include course details. For unusual subjects,
• GSCEs: 10 A* and A grades, including Maths and English however, additional information is useful.

Finance Experience Don’t list all your GCSE subjects and grades.
June – September 2011 Goldman Sachs Summer Analyst, Investment
Banking division
As you’ll likely have non-finance experience, it’s sensible to
• Acted as a junior analyst, collaborating directly with senior analysts
on team projects distinguish directly relevant placements from those that aren’t.
• Provided direct input with research for client presentations
• Analysis for senior team members’ use in reports and day-to-day engagements
with clients
• Built financial models and assisted in their implementation with wider
team members
• Project on BRICs economies with four other interns. Presented to senior
March 2010 Goldman Sachs Spring Programme, Investment Banking
division If you have attended multiple
• Two weeks spent working within investment banking unit insight days/weeks, summarise
• Focused on trading with tech/media/telecoms team them on your CV, as they will
• Gained understanding into how investment banking is incorporated
have probably encompassed the
into wider business
same activities.
October 2009 – April 2010 Insight days/weeks at Barclays Capital, Citi and
• Introduction to investment banking, corporate infrastructure and global
finance divisions
• Work shadowed senior banking professionals, took part in interactive games, Employment History
networked and attended seminars
2010 – 2012 Receptionist, Paddington Green GP Surgery (part time)
• Provided front desk representation, clerical support and excellence customer
service at this busy NHS surgery
• Answered queries and disseminated information to local people regarding
Include non-related work experience if you have any. revised operating hours and provisions
You will have developed transferable skills, such as
communication, interpersonal and customer service Voluntary Work
in this example. Differentiate it from your finance June – September 2012 Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
experience using an appropriate heading. • Worked as part of the small marketing team to promote fundraising initiatives
and local events via online editorial content, social media and press releases

Include unpaid work experience. It shows that you Further Positions of Responsbility
have made an effort to develop yourself outside 2011–2012 Vice-President, LSE Maths and Stats Society
university. It also highlights more transferable skills, • Chaired executive sessions in absence of the president
such as teamwork and digital communication in this • Contributed to society development through co-ordination of inter-uni
example, and that you have interests beyond maths competitions
academia, which appeals to recruiters. • Built links with society alumni to provide LSE students with investment
banking contacts

Include all relevant additional hard skills, such as Additional skills

languages and IT, under this heading. Re languages – Spanish (advanced written and spoken) and Italian (intermediate
state your proficiency level.
Some self-taught coding experience (C and Java); comfortable with all
Microsoft Windows and Apple Mac software
Extracurricular activities should be included. They Interests
show that you’re committed and able to juggle • Field hockey. Have played competitively for a local team for six years
university, work and other responsibilities, and that and have competed against other teams nationally
you have interests outside academia. Mention your
achievements and awards. References available upon request

Writing your referees’ full details isn’t necessary.

A graduate CV shouldn’t exceed two
pages of A4. Recruiters expect it to go
over one page due to the experience
you will have gained by this stage.