A generic CV will not suffice for applications to graduate and internship positions at Citi. The bank’s recruiters are specific about what they want you to include and the order in which to put the information.
Set up a voicemail for the number you have on your CV so Citi recruiters, who’ll contact you on a private number, are able to leave a message. One Citi recruiter at a TARGETjobs investment banking graduate careers event stressed the importance of voicemail because you’ll only be contacted a couple of times before they move on to the next candidate. She also said you should check your spam folder, as emails from the bank could end up there by mistake.
At the TARGETjobs event, the Citi recruiter went through everything you should include in your CV if you’re applying for a graduate position or internship. She didn’t mention a personal statement, which implies you shouldn’t include one. However, if you’re convinced it’s a CV essential, read our guidance on the advantages and disadvantages.
Start with your most recent qualification and work backwards. Include your degree type (eg bachelors or masters), your graduation date, university, course name and grade (or expected grade). You could include two or three bullet points about the course, though additional details are only really necessary for unusual subjects because Citi recruiters are familiar with degrees such as economics, mathematics, politics, philosophy and economics.
Include all other qualifications taken before your degree. When writing your GCSE results, don't list each subject and the grade – that will take up too much space. Citi is primarily interested in core subjects: English, maths and science. It’s advisable to write something along the lines of: ten A* and A grades obtained, including A* in English and maths.
If you completed some or all of your qualifications outside the UK, include your international grades. Don’t put the British equivalent – Citi recruiters will do the conversion.
Citi recruiters want you to include your paid and unpaid work experience, such as voluntary work at a charity or local school, a part-time bar or retail job, or an investment banking internship, because it shows that you’ve worked in a professional environment and developed transferable skills, such as:
- undertaking staff training
- delivering customer service
- completing objectives to tight deadlines
- working with others in a professional environment.
Starting with your most recent position, summarise your experience, responsibilities and achievements. For each role, include the dates of employment, the name of the organisation and the location (city and country). Citi recruiters prefer bulleted points to complete sentences and paragraphs. Both internship and graduate applicants should avoid mentioning experiences that date back over five years; stick with jobs and placements that you’ve had while at college and university.
If you’ve had multiple bar jobs or have attended numerous spring weeks, don’t list each position or programme – summarise them under an appropriate heading to avoid repetition. If you took part in spring weeks at Citi, Nomura and BNP Paribas, for example, put them together under a heading such as ‘Investment banking spring weeks 2017–2018’.
Citi recruiters would like you to include your extracurricular activities in your CV. One Citi recruiter explained why:
- It gives interviewers something to discuss with you at the face-to-face interview.
- It shows that you’re a well-rounded person who has developed in non-academic ways.
- Successfully juggling extracurricular pursuits and a degree proves that you can handle pressure, which is a must-have for graduate roles at Citi.
- If you’ve got interests outside work and academia, you’ll probably be better equipped to engage in banter with colleagues who you’ll be sitting beside for 12-hour days.
Involvement in sports, clubs, drama, arts and blogging are examples of extracurricular activities that you could include. Also think about Citi’s company culture (more information is available on its website) and if your interests correspond with it. For entry-level recruits, sharing the bank’s culture and values is as important as having the required skill set.
If you're bi- or multilingual, include the language/s and your verbal and written proficiency level at the end of your CV under ‘additional skills’. Include other hard skills, such as computer literacy, here too.
Citi recruiters say a graduate CV shouldn’t exceed two pages of A4, while an internship CV shouldn’t go over one page. One recruiter had received a five-page CV in the past and ended up scrapping three pages of superfluous information.