18 Jun, 2020

Get your CV working for you – What format should your CV take?


In this instalment of ideas to build your CV we are considering layouts. There are hundreds of layouts available to adapt online and everyone has a very different idea of what a CV should look like and plenty of advice to pass on.

The layout of your CV is important to ensure that it can be easily read and is clear and simple for recruiters to navigate. Our advice would be to stick to a simple, traditional version using the following section headers:

  • Personal Details
  • Personal statement – tailor this to each opportunity you apply for and ensure it includes evidence of your skills and achievements
  • Education
Get your CV working for you – What format should your CV take?2020-06-18T11:28:13+00:00
17 Jun, 2020

MARKET UPDATE – Volatility returns


Author: Trevor Hubner

The last week has very much seen the return of extreme volatility to stock markets. The week ending Friday 12th June saw significant market falls as fears gripped markets about the possibility of a second wave of COVID19. From a high of 6511 on Monday the FTSE fell by around 8% to 5993 on Friday before recovering to close the week at 6105. This was just under 6% lower for the week and all global markets suffered similarly. Last week also saw the UK GDP for April fall by over 20% which, although broadly anticipated, still had some investors hitting the panic button.

However, we have since seen a significant bounce back as markets reacted […]

MARKET UPDATE – Volatility returns2020-06-17T10:28:37+00:00
16 Jun, 2020

Get your CV working for you – 5 must do’s on your CV


With recruitment picking up in front office investment banking now really is the time to review your CV and get it ready to send out.  This week we are focussing on tips to help you ensure that CV makes a positive impact and secures you an interview, whether that is virtual or face to face.

In our first installment we cover some simple things that your CV must be.

Your CV is a representation of you, and you should always bear in mind it is a sales document designed to secure you an interview.

It should always be:

  • Factually accurate
  • Clear and easy to read with correct grammar and spelling – bullet points are a good idea
  • To the point, with no long […]
Get your CV working for you – 5 must do’s on your CV2020-06-16T13:24:31+00:00
16 Jun, 2020

CV Template


CV Template – follow this link for PDF version

CV Template

Name:                                                                   Resides:

Nationality:                                                         Email:                                                    Tel:






Dates                                                                    University name and location

Degree studied and grade

Dates                                                                    School Attended

A Levels studied and grades GCSE’s studied and grades



Qualification and date e.g. ACA 2014 – first time passes



In bullet point form and include evidence of skills



Dates                                                                    Name and location of company

Brief description of company

Job Title


Responsibilities included:

In bullet point form



Bullet points

CV Template2020-06-16T13:05:56+00:00
3 Jun, 2020

Reviewing CV’s and applications



If you are recruiting in the current climate you are very likely to receive a lot of great applications.  Wading through all these CV’s can be tough! Whether you are working with a Recruitment Consultant or reviewing advert responses, deciding who to meet and who to reject can be a difficult decision.

One of the key things to have in place is a strong idea of exactly what criteria you are focussed on:

  • What educational level do they need to be?
  • What work experience do they need to have?
  • How many years’ experience do they need?
  • What skills do they need to have?

Try not to judge someone on the presentation of their CV. Drill down on what it tells you about […]

Reviewing CV’s and applications2020-06-03T11:22:22+00:00
2 Jun, 2020

What should I put on my LinkedIn profile?



LinkedIn is an amazing professional networking tool which is used extensively by recruitment consultants and in-house recruiters to advertise and to source relevant talent for vacancies. You can use it to search for:

  • Jobs
  • Recruiters in your market
  • Companies you would like to work for
  • Contacts at those companies

It is a massively useful tool in your job search. You must also bear in mind that your LinkedIn profile is an extension of your CV that is on public view. It is an opportunity to represent yourself in the best light – even sell yourself. Not only will potential employers look at your profile – so will clients, colleagues, competitors and many more!


Key points to apply when setting up or reviewing […]

What should I put on my LinkedIn profile?2020-06-02T11:28:59+00:00
21 May, 2020

Mid-cap investment banking firms busy with fund raisings



We are regularly keeping in touch with all our clients to keep up to date with how they are doing and get an idea of when they think recruitment might be back on the agenda.  A few are recruiting, which is great, but they are all very busy.

All of our mid cap investment banking clients are being kept very busy doing secondary fund raisings and other advisory work for their corporate clients. A few are also starting to look at potential IPO’s for Quarter 4 which is very positive news for transactional activity levels which will directly impact on recruitment needs into their teams.

On the whole, our clients corporate finance teams are operating at a workload capacity of between 70% […]

Mid-cap investment banking firms busy with fund raisings2020-05-21T11:58:10+00:00
19 May, 2020

Demand for Northern European Languages – German and Scandinavian



We are very pleased that a number of our clients are currently recruiting for analysts and associates to join their teams on both the sell and buy side.

As well as relevant experience either in M&A or as a fund analyst a few of the roles are specifically looking for applicants with fluent Northern European language skills.

These are excellent career opportunities at boutique M&A houses and an infrastructure fund which offer:

  • Global and Europe wide exposure
  • Opportunity to specialise in a sector – including infrastructure and consumer products
  • Boutique environments which offer you the opportunity to work closely with very senior colleagues, get involved in all the aspects of a transaction and direct client interaction

Other skill sets our clients are interested […]

Demand for Northern European Languages – German and Scandinavian2020-05-19T14:47:16+00:00