Why I Enjoy Networking with Candidates

I thought I'd write a networking post from a different perspective. We often see advice on WSO from people who are undergrads or recent hires with advice on how to network into the industry (good fresh perspectives from people who have recently navigated "the system"). I wanted to give a bit of insight from a different perspective as someone on the other side who participates in looking for talent: This is why I enjoy networking and how I think about it.

"I want to find the next 'me'."

I've noticed everyone I've ever met who participates in recruiting is a bit biased in this regard. We like hiring people who resemble us. For me, I respond very well to people who are highly technical and comfortable with numbers. I have a tendency to geek out. I fully acknowledge there is much more to IBD than this, but this is my soft spot. For others it's being a varsity athlete. Another favourite is school backgrounds (If I can be so bold as to say: you Americans love it when you see someone from the same school, especially non-targets).

My Advice: People are much more responsive if you have some kind of hook. If your initial contact is too "copy and paste" it risks fading into the background. The best cold callers I've seen are the ones who take a few extra minutes to customize the email by doing a quick LinkedIn creep to find a common thread.

Webinar: How WSO Saved My Life (And How YOU Can Start A Business On The Side To Eventually Quit Your Job) -- 8pm ET, 7/30/15


On Thursday July 30th at 8pm ET Wall Street Mentor Ben Altman (@Ben_CharismaOnCommand) will be hosting a webinar entitled "How WSO Saved My Life (And How YOU Can Start A Business On The Side To Eventually Quit Your Job)", with a q&a session to follow. Ben is a former finance elite, having attended a top Ivy, with experience in both IB and Megafund PE to follow. Along with his business partner Charlie he now runs Charisma on Command. You can read his blog on WSO here.


If you missed the webinar, it will be available on the homepage for 24 hours in exactly 1 month (August 30, 2015), before going into the WSO Video Library.

July 30, 2015 - 8:00pm to 9:00pm
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Summer Reading List: How to Get Rich Quick, or at Least Kill a Few Hours

Ever since I can remember, I have read to enrich my experiences. So now, as a proud business school graduate, I can reflect on the books that enhanced my MBA experience. Regardless of career or sector, I think all of the titles below have valuable lessons that one can apply both professionally and personally. Happy reading and if you aren't a millionaire after reading these, it's probably your own fault!

The Cliches: From Barbarians to Billionaires

Barbarians at the Gate- Described by a MarketWatch columnist as "the best business book ever", this was the first book I read during my MBA. The history of CEO Ross Johnson's bidding war against KKR reads like a thriller and reinforced a number of fundamental concepts I learned in my introductory corporate finance class. For example: DCFs, earnings multiples, and comparable transactions are great estimates of what a business is worth, but the true value of a company is what someone is willing to pay for it.

2016 Full-time IB Recruiting Timeline Megathread

It's that time of year again, folks. Time to polish those resumes, fire up the LinkedIn and WSO search functions, and bug the hell out of the career advisers at your schools. It's recruiting time!

We are all looking for information on timelines and deadlines for every bank possible. If you or your school has information on important upcoming dates, please, please, please share them with us!

I'll collect all the information I can here in this first post, and I'll update it from info in the body of the thread. If you have information and you don't want to post for whatever reason, PM me and I'll add it.

I realize some of this will be speculation, so if you see something here you know not to be true, let me know.

Applications / Interviews / Superdays

SPECIAL WSO Happy Hour: The Re-Return of AndyLouis

Date/Time: Friday, August 14th @ 8pm

Location: Galway Hooker, Main Billiards Room (ground floor, all the way in the back)

7 E 36th Street, between 5th and Madison

HE'S BACK! The only man on WSO who is on record as tying @Frieds in a chugging contest is returning to NYC. Mr. Louis is looking for a great time "with all the WSO monkeys who like to drink" (his exact words). Come on out to Galway Hooker to shake his hand, buy him a drink and make his stay a success!

How to find the group: Mention "WSO" or "WallStreetOasis" at the door and they'll direct you to where we are located.

How to conduct yourself at happy hour and NOT behave like an ass:

Cost Estimators: The Bankers of the Construction Industry

Recently guys I have started a career in the construction industry as a project manager and cost estimator for a local company (boutique) and have seen the underlying similarities to the bankers of the financial world.

It's also a career most finance and business guys haven't heard of because the companies almost purely recruit from those interested in the construction world (civil engineers and construction science majors more so). Although it is exceptionally easy to get into with a finance/business degree because many of them don't have the education at all.

Just what exactly is a cost estimator?

Rewind - Former Goldman intern program manager discusses how to make the most of your summer internship + Q&A – 8am ET, 7/29/2015

In case you missed our June 10th webinar entitled Former Goldman intern program manager discusses how to make the most of your summer internship, have no fear. The full recording of the webinar will be available for free on the WSO homepage on this date: (free for only 24 hours and then it goes into our Video Library). Do you want to a 1 on 1 mentoring session with Vanessa? Click below:


To see the original event page with a description of the webinar and read more information about the presenter click here.

All rewinds will be available everyday at 8am ET.
And, as always, if you want to sign up to hear about upcoming webinars before they happen, sign up inside the post...

July 29, 2015 - 8:00am to July 30, 2015 - 8:00am
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Join the WSO Resume Review Team

We are looking to add several Resume Reviewers to the WSO Resume Review team.


  • At least 1 year of professional experience in Investment Banking or other financial field, IB and/or PE background preferred
  • Previous experience screening resumes, experience with IB resumes preferred
  • Strong attention to detail
  • Willingness to go above and beyond to make the client happy
  • More info:

    WSO Investment Banking Resume Template for College Students Released to the Public!

    Big Announcement: WSO Resume Template is Out in the Wild!:

    Mod Note (Andy): If you're looking for our resume for experienced IB professionals or a private equity resume template, click here..

    For those of you looking to make sure your CV format is clean and make sure that your investment banking resume is polished, we have a great sample resume you can now use free of charge (attached to this post below). We know how competitive internship applications and summer analyst positions are nowadays, so we're hoping this gives you an even bigger edge in recruiting.

    After seeing members consistently reference other resume templates in the public resume review forum (that are good but inferior in our opinion), we have decided to release the WSO resume template for free to the public. This is the same CV template we use in all of our the WSO resume reviews with experienced finance professionals.

    Los Angeles Happy Hour for Real Estate Professionals (and others) -- July 30, 6:30PM

    Dear All,

    Calling all Monkeys in the Greater Los Angeles Area.

    Come to make new connections and have fun! Come to meet fellow Real Estate Professionals! Share stories, make friends, and have a good time. Ultimately, the goal is to have one of these every month.

    Location: Mom's Bar in Santa Monica
    Time: July 30th (Thursday) from 6:30 to 8:30 PM (or stay as long as you'd like!)
    Deal: Happy Hour from 4-8PM

    July 30, 2015 - 6:30am
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    Linkedin photo.......formal or business causal?

    I actually prefer business casual over the typical suit and tie just because there's more of a personal touch to it. I doubt anyone would look down on you just because you don't have one of those cookie cutter photos (by business causal i'm not referring to cocktail attire or anything too inappropriate).

    Anyone have thoughts on this?

    CFA Results - 2015

    Today is the big day we've been waiting for/dreading since early June, when we peeled out of the testing center parking lots, burned our books, and went off to get drunk with our long lost friends.

    Level I & II results will be released via email today after 9:00 A.M ET. Level III candidates have to wait until August 11th at 9:00 A.M. ET. There is nothing worse than the immense tension buildup before the results are released in the morning when you and your co-workers are refreshing your Gmail every five seconds to find out your fate.

    How did you guys do?