In a competitive job market, everybody understands the need to make your CV strand out. But one Yale student has taken that to rather extreme lengths, sending prospective employers a seven-minute long motivational video - that's become the laughing stock of Wall Street.
Aleksey Vayner's glorious video tribute to how awesome he is, titled 'Impossible Is Nothing', was forwarded around New York's major investment banks, after he submitted it to financial services firm UBS AG.
The forwarded email included comments like 'What NOT to do when looking for a banking job,' 'This is pure gold,' and 'Typical Yalie.'
Describing himself as 'Aleksey Vayner, CEO & Professional Athlete,' the video shows him (supposedly) lifting a 495-pound weight, serving a tennis ball at 140mph, performing a rather impressive rotating jump while skiing, and – in an extended sequence – ballroom dancing with an underdressed lady while clad in a figure hugging black polo neck.
In the video, he comments: 'If you're going to work, work. If you're going to train, train. If you're going to dance, then dance, but do it with passion.'
Finally, wearing white robes, he majestically smashes a pile of bricks with his bare hands.
In his cover letter to UBS, he says: 'As a world-level athlete in several sports, I have developed an insatiable appetite for peak performance and continuous learning. My trainer and world martial arts champion often said, “Impossible is just someone's opinion.” I live by those words.'
His 11-page resume (11 pages!) also states that he is the CEO of his own investment firm, that he founded a charity helping young people, and that he can cure people using his knowledge of Chinese medicine.