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5 Things you should never stop doing

I've been working at a F500 company since my college graduation (8 years ago), and just recently, I decided that it was time to look outside to see what else is out there and also to see how much someone with my years of experience and skills is worth.

As I was researching jobs, applying for new roles, and interviewing, I learned several things that I wish I had known. After I had landed my current job back in college, I thought this was it. I just go to work everyday, come home and relax, and tend to my hobbies and other social activities on the weekends - no stress. This is how life will be. However, this attitude made jumping back into the job search quite difficult for several reasons:

Never stop learning
Since I work in a very specific industry, all the knowledge I've gained over the years revolved around that particular industry. In order to remain competitive, I should have used my free time to learn about other industries, etc... You never know when you have to jump ship.

Webinar: Hedge Fund Investment Pitch -- 3pm ET, 2/14/16


On Sunday February 14th, 3pm ET Wall Street Mentor John will be hosting a webinar entitled "Hedge Fund Investment Pitch", with a q&a session to follow. John is an industry veteran with experience in hedge fund.


If you missed the webinar, it will be available on the homepage in exactly 1 month, for 24 hours March 14, 2016 before going into the WSO Video Library.

February 14, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm
Event type: 
WSO Webinar

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WSO Campus Representative Program

WSO is now accepting applications to be a Campus Rep at your university for the second semester of the 2015-16 school year. We currently have 52 reps signed up but would love to add 15-20 more.

We are looking for motivated students with a solid work ethic and strong presentation/communication skills who are willing to commit for at least one semester, or ideally until May 2016. The time commitment we ask is 12-15 hours/month. Phone interviews are continuing into September so get your applications in soon!

Our Campus Reps help us by spreading the word on campus, meeting with and giving presentations to student clubs and organizations, organizing meet ups, social media activity, university partnerships, and other on campus and online activities. Perks that reps can receive include free WSO guides, free access to our Video Library & Job Board, letters of recommendation from Andy, prize money for the top reps, and more.

Click inside the post for more information and to formally apply >>>

WSO needs your help! We're looking for users to do a site-test

(Site testers will receive compensation via paypal and one month free access to our job board or video library)

Hey all, we're looking for someone to help us test the site every other Wednesday, 1245-2pm et.
Upcoming test dates:
Feb 10
Feb 24
March 9
March 23

Type of tester we're looking for:
-Fairly new to WSO (0-3 months)
-Interest in a finance-related career
-Student ($15) or finance professional ($25)
-Can 100% commit to join the test at the agreed upon time

What you need to do:
-Download software that allows you to share your screen with us via a virtual meeting (anymeeting)
-Do a short test with me to confirm your software works (5 minutes)
-Meet us FOR SURE at the test time, 12:45pm et, on the agreed upon Wednesday
-You will need to be in a quiet place with a strong internet connection

WSO Private Equity Resume Template for Professionals with Deal Experience is Released!

Big Announcement: WSO Private Equity Official Resume Template for Experienced Professionals with Deal Experience is Now Public!:

Click here for the free investment banking resume template for college students.

For those of you with deal or project experience coming from Investment Banking or Management Consulting, looking to make sure your CV format is clean and make sure that your private equity resume is polished for those competitive buyside jobs in private equity and hedge funds, we have a great sample resume you can now use free of charge (attached to this post below). We're hoping this clean format gives you an even bigger edge in recruiting (besides being members of WSO :-). Also, don't forget that our private equity interview prep guide is now available after years in the making (here)!

I went> B4 Audit> B4 CF > IB: Ask me anything

As a lot of people ask about these things then I thought I'd make an AMA:

I work in London and I made that much sought after career jump that started in Big Four audit and ended up in IB (Debt Capital Markets) at a boutique with a stopover at Big Four CF in between.

If you have any questions about this, I'm very happy to answer them.

:'-( RIP Bonus

Have you guys ever had a bad feeling about a (seemingly) good deal?

Like, a nagging or gnawing feeling that this seems to be going too smoothly...The buy-side guys are being enthusiastic and super helpful, the clients are being super helpful and compliant. Despite this there's the lingering suspicion that you keep shoving to the back of your mind that:

1) money shouldn't be made this easily.
2) the wet-dreams you have of ravaging this year's bonus cheque and then cuddling it, post-coitus, in a state of other-worldly bliss are just too satisfying to ever, ever, ever materialise?

Then, someone (client-side buddy, buy-side buddy, rabbi, gf, drinking-buddy, priest, yoga instructor...etc) says something that just niggles at the back of your neck ever so slightly which momentarily brings you back to reality ...but you ignore it 'cos hey, f*ck you...raining on my parade will not be tolerated.

Then, you get an email,

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AMA - Quant / Actuary turned future MBA student

I will be attending NYU Stern as a full-time MBA student starting this August. I thought this is a good time to share my career path, MBA application process, why MBA, how to choose your target schools, etc. I learned a lot from the posts of many accomplished professionals on this forum and hope to have this opportunity to give back to this great community.

Quick background:

"If you're 25+ you won't be able to become an IB analyst unless you get into a top MBA and break in as an IB Associate" - True?

Was reading about people in my position (late 20's, non-finance degree) and ran across this post on another forum. Just curious if it's true and if so, perhaps I'm wasting my time doing anything other than an MBA at a top school.

What say you?

RE Buy Side Quarterly Dinner/Drinks - San Francisco

Happy New Year monkeys.

As you're reviewing your accomplishments and setting your 2016 goals, I hope you're focusing on improving your network this coming year.

One of my goals for this year is to improve relationships and share knowledge with fellow acquisition, Asset Management, and private equity real estate young professionals in San Francisco Bay Area.

February 11, 2016 - 9:30am
Event type: 
WSO Happy Hour

The Changing Face of Venture Capital

Mod Note (Andy): Best of Eddie, this was originally posted in October 2013.

The venture capital business has gone through a lot of changes over the past decade. Most recently we've seen regulations implemented that give regular Joes access to deals only institutions and accredited investors could touch previously, and the swelling ranks of Dot Com and Web 2.0 millionaires (and billionaires) have elbowed out a lot of traditional venture capital shops.

That trend looks like it's only going to continue, and the latest proof of that is the expanding role of angel investors in the startup ecosystem. To wit: AngelList is offering a new program called AngelList Syndicates, where successful angel investors are no longer constrained by their own net worth. By allowing angels to pool their resources into a unified fund, they're about to have a profound impact on the way venture capital is deployed from here on out.

At the heart of the matter are the fees. As in, there are none. Angels get to kick in their money and invest in companies fee-free, and don't have to worry about paying anything until they get an exit. VCs get paid (typically) much like hedge funds with a 2 and 20 model. So they make 2 points a year just for showing up. That adds up quick.

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