If you’re trying to put together a CV that will get you a front office job in an investment bank, there are some words you must not use. For example, anything along the lines of ‘contributed,’ ‘supported’, ‘assisted’ or ‘helped’ is bad news because it suggests you weren’t entirely responsible for your accomplishments. But which words fall at the other end of the scale? Which words, when used on your CV, will actually secure you a job in an investment bank?
Listed below are approximately 80 ‘CV power words’ which will enhance your resume. Most are verbs, some are adjectives. All exude activity and achievement and are part of the vernacular in the finance sector.
Accomplished, Accurate, Achieved, Advised, Agile, Analysed, Assessed, Attained
Calculated, Captained, Collaborated, Commercial, Completed, Convinced, Coordinated,
Delivered, Designed, Developed, Devised, Detail-oriented,
Earned, Energetic, Enthusiastic, Entrepreneurial,Established, Evaluated, Executed, Expanded, Explored,
Financed, Forecasted, Formulated, Founded,
Gained, Generated, Guided,
Implemented, Innovative, Instituted, Integrated,
Managed, Maximised, Mentored, Methodical, Modelled, Monitored
Passionate, Persistent, Persuaded, Predicted, Prepared, Presented, Prioritized, Profit, Promoted, Projected
Ranked, Researched, Resilient, Revised
Smart, Strengthened, Succeeded, Supervised, Surpassed, Strategic
Target, Tested, Tracked, Transaction,Transformed
Using our own CV database, we looked at the frequency with which these ‘power words’ are used on CVs belonging to people seeking front office jobs in investment banks (sales, trading, research, capital markets, corporate finance). This gave us the words below, each of which occurs on 10% of resumes, or more. If you want to spruce up your CV, we suggest you these as appropriate.
Notably, 70% of CVs belonging to front office investment bankers include the word ‘analyzed,’ or its derivatives (analysis, analyst etc.). ‘Managed’ and ‘developed’ also occur on around 50% of resumes. At the other end of the scale, words like ‘leveraged’, ‘founded’, ‘gained’, ‘evaluated’, and ‘delivered’ are less well-used and should act as differentiators should you them.
A word of caution, however: don’t use these words too liberally. – CVs filled with power words can look cliched. And CVs which repeat the same power words repetitively can look weak. You’re best choosing five favourites and employing them judiciously for best effect.
The top 29 words for front office investment banking CVs:
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Top University, Beijing 1000XX
Sep.20xx- Ri Yue School of Management, Top University
Present M.A. (Management Science, expected)
Sep.1999- School of Management University of China
Jun.20xx B.S. (Management Science)
Aug.20xx-Sep.20xx Management Case Center of Top University, Beijing
Project Manager (Part-time)
As the main principal, taking active part in the project of the Survey of Brand Loyalty in China, including the layout of the forms, data collecting and information analysis;
Partly participating in further research in above project, including dealing with data and modeling.
May.20xx-Jun.20xx Harvest Fund Management Co., LTD Beijing
Research Assistant (Internship) Business Development Dept.
As the main principal, making the in-depth research and carrying out development of the brand-new product of open funds;participating the further evaluation of the performance of the Open Funds in China;
Mar.200-Apr.20xx Top University Tarzan Center for Supply Chain System R&D
Research Assistant (Part-time) Beijing
Being a main project director, doing the Survey of Manufactures of Shoes in China; Taking part in the preparatory arrangements of the International Conference on the Supply-Chain in Top University.
Feb.20xx-sep.20xx Students Union, UC Leader of the Activity Section
Sep.1999-sep.20xx Students Union of School of Management, UC Vice-Chairman
Sep.20xx-Dec.20xx students Union of School of Management, UC Chairman
Feb.1999-Jun.20xx Department of Management Science, UC Monitor
Scholarship and Awards获奖经历
Oct.20xx Outstanding Study Award TU
Oct.20xx Outstanding Scholarship (the most Excellent Scholarship) UC
Oct.20xx First Class Scholarship for Excellent Student UC
Oct.20xx Second Class Scholarship of Excellent Student UC
Oct.1999 Excellent Scholarship for Freshman UC
Good command of English for reading, writing and speaking, passed CET-6
Excellent in analytical tools such as SAA、EXCEL、SPSS
Passionate, confident, full of patience, highly interested in challenges
Football、Badminton; Chinese writing、Debate.
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Objective: Management Trainee
University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI Focus in Psychology and Human Development May 20xx Current GPA 3.3/4.0
Relevant Coursework: How to Change the World, General Psychology, Developmental Psychology, Psychology of Music
Hanover Park High School
Current GPA 4.2/5.0
Relevant Coursework: Art of Writing, Language Arts, AP US History I/II East Hanover, NJ
Participated in organization of Free Burma Benefit Concert.
Presented facts and statistics at events and concerts toeducate audience on issues.
Developed time management skills by scheduling events throughout the academic year. Honed interpersonal skills by contacting guest speakers. Winter 20xx
Appalachia Service Project Appalachian Area July 20xx - Present Acted as senior representative for six-member team repairing homes.
Fostered relationships with families byengaging in lunch hour conversations and activities. Organized church service and group projects to enhance 10 daytrip.
Citihope International Trip to Malawi Africa March 20xx Provided healthy lunch service to orphanages and day care centers.
Hand- delivered sustaining goods to churches,hospitals, and prisons in surrounding areas. Enhanced interpersonal skills by facilitating cross-cultural conversationswith Malawian teens and community members.
Taught personal hygiene lessons to incarcerated adults.
PresentedPowerPoint follow-up presentations for church members and elementary school children. 30 Hour Famine Event Morristown United Methodist Church April 20xx Managed team of four in coordinating youth event. Invited speakers and planned activities to educate participantsabout hunger issues.
Used Microsoft Word and Excel to organize spreadsheets, calendars and other charts for event. Presented proposal to congregation to gain financial support.
Center for Student Mission Washington, DC
Organized vacation bible school in inner-city neighborhood of Anacostia.
Volunteered at various community foodpantries.
Taught swim lessons at inner-city day camp.
Surveyed community members about poverty. August 20xx - 20xx
K-grams (mentoring program for local elementary children), University of Michigan
Symphonic Band, Hanover Park High School
Hanover Park Debate Team, Hanover Park High School
The Forum Newspaper, Features Editor, Hanover Park High School