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Saturday, October 21, 2006

I'm so pretty, and handsome

Kool me ta, Drinki I likie

A Student’s Video Résumé Gets Attention (Some of It Unwanted)

Published: October 21, 2006

With his name and image on Web sites and his appearance on the “Today” show, Aleksey Vayner may be the most famous investment-banking job applicant in recent memory.

Mr. Vayner’s curious celebrity came after an 11-page cover letter and résumé as well as an elaborate video that he had submitted to the Swiss bank giant UBS showed up on two blogs, and then quickly spread on the Internet. The clip, staged to look like a job interview, is spliced with shots of Mr. Vayner lifting weights and ballroom dancing and has him spouting Zen-like inspirational messages.

The video clip flooded e-mail inboxes across Wall Street and eventually appeared on the video-sharing site YouTube.

Blogs brimmed with commentary, much of it mocking, about Mr. Vayner and his feats. Television programs and newspapers then picked up the Web’s latest viral sensation.

Now Mr. Vayner, a student at Yale University, is starting to speak out about his 15 minutes of fame, portraying himself as being victimized by the flash flood of Web interest.

“This has been an extremely stressful time,” Mr. Vayner said in an interview.

The job materials that were leaked and posted for public view included detailed information about him that allowed strangers to scrutinize and harass him, he said. His e-mail inbox quickly filled up, with most of the messages deriding him and, in some cases, threatening him.
Mr. Vayner’s seven-minute clip, entitled “Impossible is nothing,” presents images of him bench-pressing what a caption suggests is 495 pounds and firing off what is purported to be a 140-mile-an-hour tennis serve.

The tone of the video seems too serious to be parody, yet too over-the-top to be credible. After sharing the clip, fellow students at Yale, he said, began telling their own tales about Mr. Vayner on the Web, fabricating stories of bare-handed killings and handling nuclear waste. The Internet scrutiny also raised questions about some of Mr. Vayner’s claims in his résumé, including assertions that he ran his own charity and investment firm.

He says he has been interested in finance since he was 12, when he was creating financial data models. So Mr. Vayner, who is a member of the class of 2008 at Yale, decided a few weeks ago to look for a job at a Wall Street firm. He thought that making a video would help him stand out amid the intense competition for investment-banking positions. By emphasizing his various athletic pursuits, which he said included body sculpting, weightlifting and tai chi, Mr. Vayner said he could show that he had achieved success in physical endeavors that could carry over to the financial world.

“I felt demonstrating competency in athletics is a good way to stand out, because the same characteristics are the same in business,” Mr. Vayner said. “The need to set and achieve goals, to have the dedication and competitive drive that’s required in business success.”

Despite the mockery that the video has inspired, he still speaks proudly of his athleticism. Nearly all the feats in the video are his, he said, and they are real. But he says he is not certain that the skiing segment actually shows him.

All that video said was "I'm a dick".

I can imagine the guys on the street laughing their balls off at this. Who the fuck wants to listen to a 20 year old Yalie spout about success. All he's done was get into Yale. Not bad, but not like leading a Ranger Squad in Iraq, ok. He hasn't done anything but go to class.

I wouldn't be surprised if he was turfed from all the major firms for this idiocy. Because he's sent an 11 page resume. Warren Buffet's resume isn't eleven pages.

Wow, he can lift weights and ski? So can half the men at Ft. Lewis, and they aren't going to work on the Street. What this poor bastard doesn't get is that professionalism means demonstrating their skills on the job, not talking about how great they are when they are still in school. No one has ever counted on him for anything.

So if he had kept his smug, egotistical mouth shut, he might have gotten his chance at being a big, swinging dick at some point, if he performed. Now, he's just a punchline to an office joke.

posted by Steve @ 12:02:00 AM

12:02:00 AM

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