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It's not your smarts, hard work or kite surfing adventures in Playa Grande, Costa Rica, that they are interested in most.Instead it's your mistakes.Bankers will look at your resume in a glass half empty kind of way, because they desperately need to find even the smallest of mistakes.Why the sadistic bent?Well, in a world of 100 hour work weeks and seas of 1000s of resumes, bankers will always resort to the fastest elimination method. And spotting petty mistakes, as opposed to identifying quality achievements is brilliant at this.A banker with attention to detail can whittle down a 500 resume pile to the top 10 in an hour this way.Resume screening in the fast paced world of investment banking is thus about elimination, not selection – at least when we're talking about the first round of screening; as compared to final rounds.This approach also makes perfect sense because with a Godlike appreciation for attention to detail bankers will wonder to themselves;"Well, if you cannot turn out a perfect resume with the study load of a college kid 14 contact hours a freaking week how could you ever spruce up a pitch book for MD Larry Larryson at 6am in time for an 8am meeting?" i.e. Mistake-riddled resumes are not indicative of bankers-in-the-making.To help you avoid making any application-killing mistakes we devote an entire tutorial in the Inside Investment Banking System to the 12 major do's & don'ts of resume writing. Or you can just do like the bankers do – make like an analyst and screw the environment.Which is to say, print your resume out. Read it over. Check. Revise. Then print it out and give it to two friends to revise. Repeat.It may seem laborious, but that's exactly what we do in investment banking when we are working on just about anything. So you should do it as well.And if possible pass it on to an older friend in banking so an insider can give it a once over.With respect to content, encourage your friend to concentrate on finding the weaknesses in your story and achievements. For example, do you have a strong education section (great school, top marks, solid degree), but a work section that mirrors a liberal arts student (i.e. No prestigious internship or even a trace of a corporate work track record)?


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