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The Best Networking, Cold Calling and Cold Emailing Posts on WSO

My content intern @"Lucas_M" is at it again! This time the top ranked (by silver bananas) posts related to networking, cold calling, and cold emailing. Enjoy! p.s. Need more networking advice? Check out our Networking Guide.

1. Cold-Emailing Guide.

posted by @Culcet


1) Background info- Contact people with a similar background. Don’t limit yourself to alumni- think deeper. Think about what defines you on a superificial level. If you go to UCLA and want to work on Wall street, email Cal alums in New York. Williams College? Why not email alums that went to Swarthmore, or any other liberal arts college alum that might have had to teach himself the technicals? And if you’re a non-target… email other non-targets. Simple. Emailing someone with a similar background reminds them of themselves. They are therefore that much more happy to help you. Remember though, you are entitled to nothing, and even if the guy is a complete d-bag, thank them in a dignified manner anyways.

2) Content- Keep the email short and sweet. I usually send emails explaining who I am and what my intentions are, a sentence explaining my “story, and then a graceful thank you. For what it’s worth, the whole ‘copy and paste’ thing has never been a big problem for me at the bulge brackets. For boutiques, target carefully based on the advice above and try not to email too many people. Again, if you target the right demographic, this shouldn't be a problem.

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2. Keep In Touch! Networking Template
posted by @valuationGURU

Monday @Mentions March 16, 2015

A very cheerful Monday to all you monkeys out there. Let's get to the @'s:

Upcoming events:

Webinar: Surviving a summer IBD internship and how to go about treating return offers
Webinar: How to Be Top Rated in Big 4 Audit (And Apply the Same Tips to the Rest of Your Career) -- 8pm ET, 3/17/15
Webinar: Career Switching - From Engineering to Banking - My Story -- 730pm ET, 3/18/15

Post of the Week:

My Private Equity Recruiting Process by @"Candor". 47 SB's!!. Post of the year candidate...?

Discussion Topic of the Week:

The painful reality of graduation by @"mbavsmfin". 68 comments and counting, 5 of which are people asking if mbavsmfin is really brady and don't count.

Some other hot discussions
What's your favorite beer by and also When's the right time to add "incoming investment banking summer analyst" on LinkedIn

Comment of the Week:

The Best Resume and Cover Letter Posts on WSO

My whiz kid content intern @"Lucas_M" is at it again; he compiled a list of the top ranked Resume and CL posts on WSO. Enjoy! Are you in search of some resume and/or cover letter help? Check out WSO's 1-on-1 Resume Service.

1. UG Recruiting Part I: How a resume becomes an interview
posted by @Marcus_Halberstram

It helps but is not a guarantee if you have a high GPA (ie. 3.4 and above). Next, you SHOULD address the question of "is he/she interested in banking?". If you've never interned in finance and are a non-traditional major, you should be actively involved (preferably at a senior level) in finance clubs, participate in finance/modeling training seminars sponsored by your school, or have a section under interests with "Readings" or "Favorite Books" that have a finance tinge to them: more When Genius Failed or Fooled by Randomness or Barbarians at the Gate, Wall Street Journal, DealBook, FT; less Monkey Business or Liars Poker, etc. I wouldn't advise adding that section if the rest of your resume already sells your finance interest, otherwise its overkill and you seem uninteresting and boringly uni-dimensional. You want to be well rounded!

Formatting is EVERYTHING and there is absolutely NO excuse for typos or inconsistencies in formatting. Cover letters, if at all, should be minimalist, the main purpose of a cover letter is to address an obvious shortcoming that is apparent from your resume

- silver bananas: a lot

2. More classics from resumes/cover letters

Monday @Mentions March 2, 2015

Happy Monday WSO!

Upcoming events:

My Experience with Equity Research -- 330pm ET, 3/2/15
Webinar: Healthcare Careers and Market Trends -- 6pm ET, 3/4/15

Post of the Week:

Quitting time - views on how to leave your job by @"SSits". 8 SB's and counting; easily one of the best posts of the year so far.

AMA of the Week:

Ask Me Anything: First-Year at MBB by @"NoName". THANK YOU for answering so many questions! Great AMA.

Discussion Topic of the Week:

The Best Success Stories on WSO

Patrick and I (among others) LOVE hearing your guys' success stories, so we said "hey why not make a post of the top ranked (most silver bananas) stories?!" Well... thanks to my whiz kid content intern @"Lucas_M", here they are! Click here to post your own success story, we'd love to hear it! (Make sure to post in the "Success Story" Forum).

1. How I got into Banking
posted by @CompBanker

Try to get relevant work experience. As a Computer major, I had a number of internship in "computer" roles, but nothing in finance. I found a boutique bank that was willing to take me onboard part time during the semester. Not many people are willing to work during a semester for free. I set up my work hours around my classes and agreed to come in on the weekends as well. All in all my internship eats about 40ish hours a week.

I think this internship was really the thing that made it possible for me to secure interviews. By working the equivalent of a 9 - 5, while simultaneously taking a full course load, I was able to prove to banks that I could handle the hours. Not to mention I proved to myself that I was capable.

- silver bananas: a lot

2. Finally an offer! A story of persistence
posted by @brutalglide

New WSO Blogging Internship!

We are looking for several talented student writers to contribute posts to WSO with the goal of raising the level of quality to our forums and homepage.

Internship title: Finance / Wall Street Blogger Intern

Timeline We ask that you commit to post either 24 shorter discussion style posts or 12 blog style posts (or a combination of the two) over a period of 12-16 weeks.

How this differs from our Contributing Blogger Program: This internship is geared more towards students and recent grads. Obviously you have less experience than professionals to draw on for your posts so we're looking for more of a discussion starter style of post. More specifically we want you to research and post up a hot topic relevant to WSO's audience, summarize and/or quote your source, briefly state your opinion, and then open it up for discussion. You will go through the same training that the bloggers go through (instruction doc, videos, short quiz, test post and then afterwards we will set up a phone call to discuss the internship more in detail.

What you will write on:: Hot topics in the financial/business/Wall Street news and other topics relevant to WSO. There is a list of suggested topics you can choose from but if there is a topic of interest you would prefer to write on we are open to hearing your ideas.

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