I am applying for an internship in investment banking. My undergraduate grades are near-perfect and I will be attending an Ivy-League graduate program. I've also co-founded a reasonably successful startup, which I've now left in order to do the graduate program.
I feel like these experiences stand out well on my resume, but I am hesitating to add something else:
Namely, I've also worked as a salesman. My job was to sell newspaper subscriptions on the street. This has really given my a lot of experience in terms of persuasion/sales skills, and I think it might be a positive thing from the point of view of an investment bank recruiter, since investment bankers also need "persuasion and sales skills". Moreover, it is the only real job I've had apart from the startup I co-founded.
However, I simultaneously feel it is much less of an accomplishment than my other accomplishments, so I'm afraid it would detract attention from the others, and make my resume a little more "ugly". (by the way, if I would remove it, it wouldn't create a gap, since it was a side job).
How would recruiters at investment banks look at that sales job on my resume? Would they react more positively if I added it, or if I removed it?