So you have to submit a resume…right now. Uh oh, you know you should have had it proofread or even professionally edited, but there’s no time now.
Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Fix these three common mistakes for an instantly better resume:
- Make clear and concise statements. Don’t bother with meaningless phrases that fail to get to the point like “made significant contributions” or “important member of the organization.” If you can, quantify achievements by saying something like “Increased club membership by 150%” or “Grew sponsorship network to improve fundraising by $10,000 over the prior year.” Not everything can be quantified and that’s fine too! Hopefully you will have an opportunity to elaborate on your impressive feats in an interview, but you need to be clear about what your role and contributions were to get that interview.
- Don’t exaggerate your experience. I’ve seen resumes with some ridiculous statements on them. One portfolio management intern actually listed “managed $5B in assets under management.” While you should certainly describe your experience in the most positive (but truthful) light, unrealistic statements will hurt rather than help you. Instead, talk about your exposure to the investment process, participating in weekly investment committee meetings, and assisting with due diligence. Similarly, avoid using adjectives like “experienced,” “seasoned,” or “expert” unless you can truly back that up.
- Focus on your top extracurricular activities, not all of them. If you were super involved in college, it’s tempting to want to show every single club and volunteer activity. However, too many activities actually dilutes the impact you’ll make. List only your top commitments – the causes you were most passionate about, clubs you made the biggest contribution to, or really special honors and awards. Just a word of caution – never list something you couldn’t elaborate on! That creative writing club you signed up for and never attended? Leave it out or you could get asked to talk about it in an interview.