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CV tips for development roles in investment banking

It’s obvious that as the world becomes ever more technological, there is more and more pressure placed on those who are driving that change, especially within the financial industry. The roles are growing in number, but so are those qualified, so it becomes ever harder to get through the first stage. Here’s our tips for nailing that CV and giving yourself the best shot.

Do the basics, but quickly and without a fuss

Obviously you need to make sure that your programming skills are listed so that people know what you’re capable of but remember that most people applying for these roles are going to have many of these same skills.

Get those languages that you are fluent proogramming in down - (don't lie you will be tested) - and then concentrate on the things that make you different from everyone else.

Prove your worth

Can you relate your role to the business you’re looking at? If you can make direct and tangible links to the company you’re applying for, you’re going to stand a much better shot.

Understand the work that the bank does, find relevant examples and then demonstrate your value by linking your skills to their exact specifications.

Make your achievements stand out

Your project history is going to be what makes you stand out from other candidates, so if there’s a particular project you worked on which is prominent or high-value, make sure that it’s obvious and clear – you need to be demonstrating your value as a developer to make an investment bank want you as part of their setup.

Clear, clean and concise.

It’s easy to descend into the nitty gritty of what you’ve done, and to try and make things look pretty but realistically no-one is hiring you based on what your CV looks like, they’re hiring you on the basis of what it contains.

Make sure it’s simple, stays in basic greyscale, easy to read, and does the basics well – a tried and tested formula that can’t go wrong.