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Ask Muffie: 06.01.06

Muffie Benson-Perella (muffie AT is an Associate in the Investment Banking Division of a "Bulge Bracket" bank. She holds a B.A. in French and Art from Vassar College and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. Her regular column "Heard in the Suite" is a probing (and, ahem, fictional) weekly look into the secret lives and behind the velvet curtains of the investment banking world.
Dear Ms Muffie:
How are you. I understand that you have enough contacts in the Banking world. Could you please help me in identifying an opportunity in any investment bank. I really appreciate your help in this regard. I am more or less new in the finance world and have strong engineer back ground. Doing my masters in Industrial and Management systems Engineering. Can i request you to send my resume muffie.
R. Mondavi

Dear R.:
First, I love your wines.
I'm much better at girls' resumes, you know, but I'll try. Well, this resume needs quite a bit of work. As I have said before, investment banking isn't for everyone, and your engineering background is very difficult to get around, frankly. I have, however, done an extreme makeover of your resume.

Some general pointers:
1. Use action words to describe your responsibilities in prior work positions.
"Directed group of analysts" is much better than "Was under manager."
2. Use white space creatively.
Make sure you highlight important parts of your resume, like the name of your school, the name of any important companies you worked with or remember from cases in class.
3. Use font size.
There is a reason you went to a big name school, tout it!
4. Use your "other" or "hobbies" section well.
Try to target important and fashionable charities you've worked for or had your father introduce you to the heads of. Good ones right now are the Robin Hood Foundation. Avoid the Nature Conservancy now that Mr. Paulson has left Goldman Sachs. Who wants to be associated with the Treasury?
I've done major plastic surgery on your resume and you can see my comments. You can download it here.
Good luck!
Muffie Benson-Perella reserves the right to edit and reprint all submissions. Forward all your critical finance and personal (but not personal finance, that's for the PCS group) questions to : muffie AT