How Not to Apply for a Job in I-Banking

UPDATE: YouTube has removed the video; we’ve replaced it with a Veoh clip below, or you can download the file here.
UPDATE 2: Turns out that serving up the enormous video file blew the roof off our server. We’ll let Veoh host for now, and re-host it if they take it down.
omg, omg omg omgAleksey Vayner is having a bad day. Imagine you’re a recruiting director at an investment bank. Aleksay’s resume come across your desk. The ’07 Yalie’s stuff seems normal enough, until the link to a video at the end. Twenty-four hours later, you’re the laughingstock of New York, the newest viral sensation. We’ve been forwarded his stuff a couple times, and the email suffixes tell the whole story: Greenwich Capital Markets, Credit Suisse, Wachovia Securities, JP Morgan, Lazard, on and on and on.

Subject: FW: one more resume, u must see video
Subject: FW: this is pure gold.
Subject: True story- On line resume of a candidate for our training prog ram
“Too funny not to share” … “This guy must be the pride of Yale” … “You can’t make this sh** up” … “Don’t you guys go trying to recruit him – I’ve added myself to cs’s yale recruiting team. He’s ours” …

Here’s a link to Vayner’s official site (what’s with the weird must-be-over-18 warning?), and his original cover letter and resume. [Ed. note: We rushed this online as soon as we got it, only to notice Dealbreaker.com had it a little while ago. The headline overlap was accidental, seriously.) UPDATE: Read more of IvyGate’s wall-to-wall coverage of Aleksey Vayner!

235 Responses to “How Not to Apply for a Job in I-Banking”

  1. SM Says:

    In a cynical way Shawn may not be too far from the truth. However, even if true, this is not the kind of behaviour you want to encourage.

    I for one would NOT want to hire an Aleksey.

  2. SM Says:

    In a cynical way Shawn may not be too far from the truth. However, even if true, this is not the kind of behaviour you want to encourage.

    I for one would NOT want to hire an Aleksey.

  3. Donald Says:

    It’s a little funny to be honest; but you have to give credit where it’s due. And at the end of the day, he’s getting more publicity than any one of us, so he’s got a much better chance of being hired by someone than any of us do. The line used earlier about people with this kind of attitude is that he “dosen’t give a shit” – and that’s what will make him a lot more successful than any of us. Good on him.

  4. Donald Says:

    It’s a little funny to be honest; but you have to give credit where it’s due. And at the end of the day, he’s getting more publicity than any one of us, so he’s got a much better chance of being hired by someone than any of us do. The line used earlier about people with this kind of attitude is that he “dosen’t give a shit” – and that’s what will make him a lot more successful than any of us. Good on him.

  5. Evan Says:

    The sad thing is that he is just an exaggerated version of so many businesspeople and entrepreneurs.

  6. Evan Says:

    The sad thing is that he is just an exaggerated version of so many businesspeople and entrepreneurs.

  7. noshithuh? Says:

    Some things to note.

    1) Whoever hires this guy, I wouldn’t want to work for.

    2) If he doesn’t give a shit what people think, why did he hire a lawyer to prosecute people that give a shit?

    3) Why is he trying to wipe out the trail of evidence of his fakery and fraud?

    4) You don’t need to be a lunatic to be rich and successful. You need to be talented, know your area of interest to great depth, and you need to be aggressive.

    Anybody who hates this kid should pity him instead.

  8. noshithuh? Says:

    Some things to note.

    1) Whoever hires this guy, I wouldn’t want to work for.

    2) If he doesn’t give a shit what people think, why did he hire a lawyer to prosecute people that give a shit?

    3) Why is he trying to wipe out the trail of evidence of his fakery and fraud?

    4) You don’t need to be a lunatic to be rich and successful. You need to be talented, know your area of interest to great depth, and you need to be aggressive.

    Anybody who hates this kid should pity him instead.

  9. bryn Says:

    this video just got published in the FT and I was very much looking forward to the hilarious spectacle but to be perfectly honest I dont see the problem, the guy just tried something different. You need to be pushy and arrogent to succeed in most places, especially new york. besides most merchant bankers are wankers

  10. bryn Says:

    this video just got published in the FT and I was very much looking forward to the hilarious spectacle but to be perfectly honest I dont see the problem, the guy just tried something different. You need to be pushy and arrogent to succeed in most places, especially new york. besides most merchant bankers are wankers

  11. WUCL Career Services News Says:

    How Not to Apply for a Job

    Having worked in recruiting, I’ve seen my share of “interesting” candidate applications. From the Ivy League comes the latest example of how not to apply for a job. Yalie Aleksey Vayner created a video application to use for his search…

  12. WUCL Career Services News Says:

    How Not to Apply for a Job

    Having worked in recruiting, I’ve seen my share of “interesting” candidate applications. From the Ivy League comes the latest example of how not to apply for a job. Yalie Aleksey Vayner created a video application to use for his search…

  13. Randi Says:

    I am reminded of the video essay to Harvard that Elle Woods made to get into law school on Legally Blond. “I object!”

    I do have to say that he showed a lot of guts making this video and then attaching it, however if he actually could do all this stuff athletically when does he have time to work? He’ll be too busy using the corporate gym to actually make money

  14. Randi Says:

    I am reminded of the video essay to Harvard that Elle Woods made to get into law school on Legally Blond. “I object!”

    I do have to say that he showed a lot of guts making this video and then attaching it, however if he actually could do all this stuff athletically when does he have time to work? He’ll be too busy using the corporate gym to actually make money

  15. Investment wanker Says:

    You can take a horse to water – but only our dear aleksey can make it drink! I am pretty sure this guy can devide by zero as well

  16. Investment wanker Says:

    You can take a horse to water – but only our dear aleksey can make it drink! I am pretty sure this guy can devide by zero as well

  17. Matt Says:

    i recruit for Investment Banks in Sydney and i know that if that guy lived and worked in this market he would have to move interstate to get away from beer bottles being thrown at him fo being such a complete dickhead .applying making it sound like UBS needs a self serving moron like that working for them. they need people who are actually smart enough to know they dont need to take the “im good at everything” angle to get a look-in. what a fag. i cannot believe he actually went to all that effort, like did he actually think that shit woul work? my goodness that is incredible. were they gonna call him straight away and want to see him for an IV that afternoon? how can one person be such a freaking idiot!

  18. Matt Says:

    i recruit for Investment Banks in Sydney and i know that if that guy lived and worked in this market he would have to move interstate to get away from beer bottles being thrown at him fo being such a complete dickhead .applying making it sound like UBS needs a self serving moron like that working for them. they need people who are actually smart enough to know they dont need to take the “im good at everything” angle to get a look-in. what a fag. i cannot believe he actually went to all that effort, like did he actually think that shit woul work? my goodness that is incredible. were they gonna call him straight away and want to see him for an IV that afternoon? how can one person be such a freaking idiot!

  19. Melissa Says:

    This is great. At the least this guy had the nerve to think outside the box. I can see great leadership potential here. I would hire him.

  20. Melissa Says:

    This is great. At the least this guy had the nerve to think outside the box. I can see great leadership potential here. I would hire him.

  21. Luke Says:

    I hope that Yale does the right thing and kicks him out. If he graduates, it will be a black mark on the university’s reputation. He should AT LEAST be required to do 500 hours of community service.

  22. Luke Says:

    I hope that Yale does the right thing and kicks him out. If he graduates, it will be a black mark on the university’s reputation. He should AT LEAST be required to do 500 hours of community service.

  23. Graduate Ivy Says:

    Don’t be too critical, this guy reminds me of most of the Generation Y Ivy undergrads I know. Here in grad school, I can ID many 18-30 year old girls and guys who are just as self-obsessed, performance coached (with all the requisite Kaplan, SAT coached, Guidance counselor, and Tony Robbins-like bullshit), and hyper ambitious as this ex-commie jackoff. And they say the fall of the Berlin wall was a good thing? Not in this case. The fact is, many of the BMW SUV driving, i-pod dangling from the ear, jimmy choo wearing, hedge fund manager wannabe’s that we go to school with are just as fucked up as this guy; they’re just one You Tube video away from being verbally impaled on a blog themselves. I say fuck him and fuck them (many of you who comment here) too! I just can’t wait until image search engines are perfected, then we can post an image into the search bar and find all of the old videos and thumbnails of wives, daughters, and girlfriends who match the photo from their mixers, Vegas weekends, and spring break trips when they blew a guy (and his frat brothers) on camera while too drunk to know it. That will be fun. And just think about all of the latch-key kids enrolled with us whose parents were out working to 7,8,9 at night to pay for our endowment bloating tuition while little Cameron, Connor, and Brittany were playing ‘pound a hole’ on the couch with the new Hi-Def on ‘autoplay’. Oh, I can’t wait to see those videos!!!!! Embrace the media age, people, the fun is just beginning.

  24. Graduate Ivy Says:

    Don’t be too critical, this guy reminds me of most of the Generation Y Ivy undergrads I know. Here in grad school, I can ID many 18-30 year old girls and guys who are just as self-obsessed, performance coached (with all the requisite Kaplan, SAT coached, Guidance counselor, and Tony Robbins-like bullshit), and hyper ambitious as this ex-commie jackoff. And they say the fall of the Berlin wall was a good thing? Not in this case. The fact is, many of the BMW SUV driving, i-pod dangling from the ear, jimmy choo wearing, hedge fund manager wannabe’s that we go to school with are just as fucked up as this guy; they’re just one You Tube video away from being verbally impaled on a blog themselves. I say fuck him and fuck them (many of you who comment here) too! I just can’t wait until image search engines are perfected, then we can post an image into the search bar and find all of the old videos and thumbnails of wives, daughters, and girlfriends who match the photo from their mixers, Vegas weekends, and spring break trips when they blew a guy (and his frat brothers) on camera while too drunk to know it. That will be fun. And just think about all of the latch-key kids enrolled with us whose parents were out working to 7,8,9 at night to pay for our endowment bloating tuition while little Cameron, Connor, and Brittany were playing ‘pound a hole’ on the couch with the new Hi-Def on ‘autoplay’. Oh, I can’t wait to see those videos!!!!! Embrace the media age, people, the fun is just beginning.

  25. Peggy Fleming Says:

    We have been programming our video resume software CVOne for more than a year now. And, we were not sure whether video resumes would ever really take off. Thanks to Aleksey it did. About the same time we wanted to launch. He is our secret mascot.

  26. Peggy Fleming Says:

    We have been programming our video resume software CVOne for more than a year now. And, we were not sure whether video resumes would ever really take off. Thanks to Aleksey it did. About the same time we wanted to launch. He is our secret mascot.

  27. candice Says:

    Although very strange I think what he did was very ballsy and at the same time innovative. Did it do him any good? Well lets see we are all standing around watching it. He has made himself a name perhaps that was his true intention to get attention. So who are the fools us or him?

  28. candice Says:

    Although very strange I think what he did was very ballsy and at the same time innovative. Did it do him any good? Well lets see we are all standing around watching it. He has made himself a name perhaps that was his true intention to get attention. So who are the fools us or him?

  29. stonedandlovinit Says:

    He doesn’t have an ego!You guys just can’t recognize stellar confidence when you see it (note it’s in his video)have any of you actually thought that perhaps there are super over achievers in this world who can do a whole lota shit, and actually be really good at it? Don’t hate because all of your activities only relate to excessive use of drug paraphernalia, and maybe the blowing of air through some long hard cylinder shaped instrument.(get your minds outta there, though I’m sure many of you participate in this type of “blowing” as well). All the competition today causes grads to go extra lengths to show that they have that competive advan over the next shnooze, so what if non of what he’s talking about relates to the job he’s applying for, the video is creative as hell, and you all are just mad that you don’t possess his manly maverick like approach. Stop being so jealous, it’s giving you acne, and we all know that is so unattractive.

  30. stonedandlovinit Says:

    He doesn’t have an ego!You guys just can’t recognize stellar confidence when you see it (note it’s in his video)have any of you actually thought that perhaps there are super over achievers in this world who can do a whole lota shit, and actually be really good at it? Don’t hate because all of your activities only relate to excessive use of drug paraphernalia, and maybe the blowing of air through some long hard cylinder shaped instrument.(get your minds outta there, though I’m sure many of you participate in this type of “blowing” as well). All the competition today causes grads to go extra lengths to show that they have that competive advan over the next shnooze, so what if non of what he’s talking about relates to the job he’s applying for, the video is creative as hell, and you all are just mad that you don’t possess his manly maverick like approach. Stop being so jealous, it’s giving you acne, and we all know that is so unattractive.

  31. Hugely Says:

    didnt W go to Yale? Alexy and Chimpy seem to share some macho, delusional personal affectations…

  32. Hugely Says:

    didnt W go to Yale? Alexy and Chimpy seem to share some macho, delusional personal affectations…

  33. C08 Says:

    Hugely, you are clearly not Ivy League. Stop reading our blog.

  34. C08 Says:

    Hugely, you are clearly not Ivy League. Stop reading our blog.

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