Investment Banking Resumes

Tips, Tools and Templates For Creating Your Perfect Investment Banking Resume or CV.

Why Is Your Resume Important?

Your Resume or CV is the stepping-stone that sits between your job application and getting an interview.

Therefore it’s vital that you put your best foot forward in your Resume, and adopt a structure and format that maximises your chances of success. 

The Ideal Resume Template For University Students

Hiring managers at investment bankers are extremely busy people.  Your Resume should communicate only the most relevant information that will help nudge you toward an interview.

If you’re an undergraduate or university student, we recommend you follow a simple 1-page structure as follows:

  • Header
  • Education
  • Work & Leadership Experience
  • Skills, Activities & Interests

For more details, refer to our full article on the ideal Investment Banking Resume For University Students.


Resume Tips For Experienced Professionals

Many of the same principles that apply to Entry-Level Professional Resume Templates also apply to any Resume. 

One key difference is that experienced professionals will write less about education, and more about work and leadership experience, as well as professional topics such as client management.

An experienced professional may also include supplementary page(s) outlining relevant transaction experience.   Read more on Experience Professional Resume Templates here.


Common Resume Mistakes To Avoid

  1. Taking up more than 1 page.  Investment bankers take an average of 30 seconds to read each resume.  Break the 1-Page Rule at your peril.  
  2. Using tiny margins and micro fonts. These are all effectively violations of the 1-Page Rule.  
  3. Attaching your photo (in the USA).  Leave your photo off your resume if you’re in the USA.  If you’re in other regions, follow the norm for your region. 
  4. Omitting vital information like your GPA and hope the reader won’t notice.  They will.  
  5. Non-standard formatting, fonts or other attempts at “creativity”.  This usually fails. Focus on winning the attention of time-strapped bankers and landing interviews.


Investment Banking Interview Preparation Courses

When your Resume does its job, you’ll find yourself booked into investment banking interviews.

You get one shot to make a positive impression.  Banks don’t let you come back for a “second chance” if you blow your interview.

That’s why many future investment bankers invest in specialized courses and training to help them pass their interviews with flying colours. 

  • A good starting point is our flagship Investment Banking Interview Guide
  • Most entry-level professionals will also invest in further financial modeling training such as Excel & Financial Modeling Fundamentals or BIWS Premium
  • And many of our customers will save money and get the very best in all aspects of investment banking training by enrolling in BIWS Platinum – our entire collection of courses.


Completing these courses will help you win interviews and job offers for roles that pay $150K+, and position you for success in investment banking.