CV: LSE student who wants to work in M&A/consulting/private equity. SCORE=85%

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Education:

BSc Economics, London School of Economics and Political Science 2011-Present

First Class Honours (expected). First Year Modules: Elements of Accounting and Finance: 86 Mathematical Methods: 85 Elementary Statistical Theory: 69 Economics B: 68

Grammar School, UK Class of 2011

A levels: Economics A*, Maths A*, Biology A*, Chemistry A, General Studies A*, AS Further Maths A

GCSEs: 12 A*s (including Maths, Stats, Eng. Language, Eng. Literature, German, Triple Sciences)

Work Experience:

Intern: Risk and compliance consultancy,  Jul 2012-Present

 Two month internship aimed at helping develop demo environments for new regulatory software designed to identify illegal Equities and Fixed Income trading practices

 Compiling detailed Insider Trading case study presentations to pitch to large buy-side clients

UK investment bank Work Shadowing Day Aug 2012

- Selected to attend various presentations and take part in work shadowing rotations within Rates Trading, Credit Trading, Debt Capital Markets and Risk Solutions

Co-Vice President: University Investment Society

Business Analyst: Property company, Chelsea (London) 16-20 Jul 2012

- Accounting short term rental transactions and helping resolve logistical issues within the firm

-  Conducting effective market research into financing a £5 million real estate fund

Intern: Big Four Insight week 2012

- Passed all the group and written assessments and offered an internship for Summer 2013

Intern: UK bank, Corporate Finance, (1 week) 

- Interpreting balance sheets and appraising and contacting potential clients by various media

- Shadowing in Private and Corporate banking, Capital Markets and International Trade

- Adjusting loan structures and calculating NPV on Excel spread sheets

Awards & achievements:

Major Expedition Jul-Aug 2010

Four week expedition involving work experience in an orphanage, exploring a rainforest and trekking. The expedition gave me the opportunity to:

- Express my leadership and decision making skills on the days I was “group leader”

- Optimise budgeting requirements and keep accounts when planning the itinerary

Hobbies and interests:

Leading school assemblies, organising fundraising events and contacting sponsors by various media.

Community Service: 2010

- Assisting the staff at School for children with special needs

- Tutoring maths to pupils on a weekly basis as a maths mentor

Our evaluator’s comments: 

Score=85%

Nadia Capy-Osgood, a seasoned graduate recruiter who’s worked at various investment banks, says:

This student is looking for a career in M&A/Consulting/Private Equity.  It is not clear from his cv what he is looking for.  It seems he is in his penultimate year of study, and so is looking for a summer internship.  A cover letter stating the start and end year of the university will help the recruiter as well as clearly stating what programme he is applying for. 

The 3 areas he is looking to work in share competencies – his real applications will need to be finely tuned and tailored to each of the companies and roles he applies to – so it clear to the recruiter that it is a tailor-made application.

He has excellent academic scores (scoring the highest possible score in this section).  LSE also is a highly desirable university as is his involvement with the investment society. He has strong work experience particularly if he is looking for summer internship (this is not 100% clear from his cv).  

He has scored highly in his extra curricular (8/8) – showing a diverse and interesting range of activities.  I would like to have seen a cover letter for one of the areas that he is looking to work in – where he would have had an opportunity to show some of the core competencies investment banks / consultancy firms ask for such as “desire to work in the industry” “understanding of the role applying for”   “relationship building and networking”, “resilience and tenacity” and “innovation”.  Overall an excellent CV.

The verdict: This cv would pass an initial screen and would be rated “Strong” (out of Weak, Average, Strong and Excellent).  This is a very good application and one of the best out of the 3 I have screened today.  Often – if hiring numbers are down, screeners will screen batches of cv’s and select the best out of a given batch.  Interestingly, the strongest cv’s are always at the start of the season – hence the deadline dates getting earlier and earlier. I would pass this application, as I would be interested in interviewing this candidate!

 

Total score – 39/48 – This cv would pass an initial screen and would be rated “Strong” (out of Weak, Average, Strong and Excellent).  This is a very good application and the best out of the 3 I have screened today.  Often – if hiring numbers are down, screeners will screen batches of cv’s and select the best out of a given batch.  Interestingly, the strongest cv’s are always at the start of the season – hence the deadline dates getting earlier and earlier. I would pass this application, as I would be interested in interviewing this candidate!

 

 

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