Best Sample Resume – Investment Banking 

I would want you to read this sample resume which I consider one of my most admired resumes in my investment banking headhunting life. At the end of the resume,  I’ll tell you why.

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Tokyo, 2002 – present
Quantitative Strategist - Alphagen Hokuto hedge fund

- Applied multiple investment styles incorporating fundamental valuation, event-driven, thematic, and quantitative analyses; dynamically re-weighted to optimize performance
- Communicated fundamental and tactical ideas to the fund manager, and tracked performance with a sector neutral portfolio on which incentives are based
- Developed investment decision systems including automated financial model, multi-stock valuation monitor, factor screening matrix, and performance tracking system
-  Identified and back-tested multi-factor strategies applicable to the Japanese market to generate additional sources of alpha for the fund
- Created a real-time alpha model to track price movements, valuation ratios, earnings quality & revisions, and technical factors of all covered stocks through live data links

HEDGECASHFUND, Silicon Valley, 2000 – 2002
Director, Product Management and Strategy
- Managed the product lifecycle of the financial data aggregation product line
- Acted as product evangelist to close sales with key financial institution clients

McKINSEY & COMPANY, New York / Hong Kong, 1994 – 2000
Engagement Manager, FIG / E-Business, New York (1999-2000)
Senior Associate, FIG, New York (1998-1999)
Business Analyst, Telecom Group, Hong Kong, (1994-1996)

As Engagement Manager, led consulting project teams in various client engagements:
- Investment due diligence – evaluated the business model and revenue stream of an enterprise software company and recommended target price to a top private equity firm
- Market entry strategy in financial services in Asia – evaluated market potential, financial viability, and legal implications of an in-store banking concept in Asian markets
- Product strategy for an online bank in the U.S. – developed and launched investment and loan products for one of the largest online banking businesses to double its revenue
- Business unit strategy in European securities operations – created a market leading strategy for the securities processing and custody business of a top-5 global bank
- Competitive analysis of the ECN sector – predicted market evolution of the U.S. electronic trading sector and recommended tactical options to a top-5 investment bank
- Profit improvement in asset management business – restructured financial advisor teams and commission structure to achieve 30% profit improvement


1998 CFA
2002 JSDA REGISTERED SALES REPRESENTATIVE, Sales representative registration approved by the Japan Securities Dealers Association


1997 MBA in Finance, Dean’s List - INSEAD, Fontainebleau
1994 Masters in Computer Science - MIT, Cambridge, MA
1993 Bachelors in Computer Science / Bachelors in Management - MIT, Cambridge, MA


Fluent in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, proficient in Japanese

***End of sample resume. Below is  my analysis.***

Why is this best Sample Resume? 

I grade Henry Hunter's resume as a best sample resume. To be honest, it is not easy, as there are lots of criteria to fulfil. Henry's is one of my most admired sample resumes throughout my entire investment banking headhunting life. These are the reasons. 

Consider the reader: The reader of this resume is a headhunter or a hiring manager looking to hire a quantitative strategist. At the first glance, they want to find out what the candidate is doing, with who and for how long. At a prominent position, Henry laid out his strength and achievements, which encourages the hiring manager to continue reading. Remember, hiring managers at the investment banks are extremely busy, they spend on average 30 seconds reading a resume. If they have to surf through your resume to look for information, they’ll just choose to file yours and go on to the next. 

Layout: Clean and tidy, easy to read.

Length: Just right, one page.

Education: Solid and unusually outstanding. 
- Henry obtained dual bachelor degrees in 1993 at MIT. 
- In the next four years, he obtained two master’s degrees 
- from famous institutes of MIT and INSEAD. 
- In the following year, he qualified as a CFA. All his qualifications are highly desired by investment banks – computer science, management, finance, MBA. 

Perfect job history: This is what I described as ‘off page criteria’ in the early stage of my blog. 
- Henry spent a considerable amount of time with each of his employers. He is proven to be stable and at the same time aggressive. 
- International vision. Henry has worked in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and New York – three among the four most important financial centres in the world. 
- As hedge fund is the rising star in the field of investment, he is likely to be one of the most wanted strategiest/analyst in the market. 

Exercise: writing your own sample resume
Let’s date back to 1993 and assume you were Henry. 
1. How would you write your resume?
2. How would you target a prospective employer?

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