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I am excited to say that I’ve finished work on my book, How to Be an Investment Banker: Recruiting, Interviewing, and Landing the Job + Website (Wiley Finance) which will be released on April 1, 2013. It was a lot of work but I hope many of you find it useful for the investment banking recruiting process. Basically, the book is an extension of this site covering in greater detail information about investment banking and lifestyle, recruiting and interviewing and the technical stuff that you need to know, including an overview of accounting, finance, financial statement analysis, valuation, modeling, M&A and LBOs.

I’ve also recently launched a website called igokids. This has nothing to do with finance or investment banking but it is my full-time gig so feel free to check it out. igokids is local search and discovery site for everything kid related in New York City (in a nutshell, “Yelp for parents”). I’m proud to say that I developed it from scratch myself, being a totally self-taught programmer. See all the exit opportunities that investment banking can lead to?

I also want to remind you about my financial modeling self study program, which costs only $49. You can learn how to build a financial model in the comfort of your own home or office. Knowing how to build an integrated cash flow model will definitely help you in your interviews plus it is a great way to prep for those dreaded technical interview questions. Click to view more information about the financial modeling self study program.

As always, I look forward to your comments/suggestions/questions and emails (andrew [at]

How to be an Investment Banker

Random FAQ: Should I include skills on my resume?

My general view on skills is that if they are relevant and/or interesting then yes, include them at the bottom of your resume.  However, if you need more space to fit your resume on one page, skills are one of the first things that should go.  Language skills especially (except Latin) should be included as they might actually one day be relevant to your banking job.  Computer skills are okay to list if they include REAL computer skills (e.g. programming languages) but PLEASE don’t list Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook etc. as a skill.  It’s pretty much assumed in today’s world that if you can speak English and have half a brain, then you are familiar with Microsoft Office!

View more frequently asked questions about: Resumes and Cover Letters.