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Listing Qualifications on Your Resume

Potential employers in the field of investment banking will look for candidates with the following qualifications in education and work experience:

A college or university degree in any of the following:

  • Accounting
  • Banking
  • Business Administration
  • Business Law
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resources
  • Information Technology
  • Tax Law

This is not set in stone, as potential employers will consider other business-, law- or technology-related disciplines not listed here. Basically, employers want to see that you can bring something valuable to their team.

Unique Qualifications
Employers with certain needs may look for candidates with previous education and experience in government relations, international relations, and/or public policy, depending on the type of banking that the office specializes in.

Work experience in the areas cited above, plus any aspect of accounting, banking, finance and mid-level to senior management positions (especially in finance) are particularly attractive to potential employers.

Another specialized area in which investment banks may be hiring is in government compliance. As banking and financial regulatory laws have gotten increasingly complex over recent years, there is steady demand for compliance personnel. Another critical aspect of investment banking involves raising capital to fund investments. This job requires the talents of a salesperson as well as knowledge in finance.

Entry-Level Qualifications
For junior-level positions, trainee positions or internships in investment banking, qualifications may not be confined to the areas cited above. Education and experience that is less focused on finance may be acceptable to potential employers with a view toward training new hires in investment banking specialties.

Personal Qualifications
The personal qualifications that employers find attractive in a job candidate may include the following:

Strategic thinking
Communication skills
People skills – collaboration, management ability, personality, etc.
Again, you will have to back these up with a short statement in your resume and, assuming you advance through the process, further demonstrate these qualifications in the interview.