Project description: Finance / Wall Street / Business Blogger
We are looking for several talented writers (professionals in the finance industry preferred) to blog for WallStreetOasis. There is a list of suggested topics you can choose from but if there is an area of interest/specialization you would prefer to write on we are very open to hear your ideas (ie /markets, street culture, advice/mentoring etc).
There are two options for contributing:
1) Become a regular weekly contributor. We only ask that you commit to 8 quality posts over 8-12 weeks (400 word minimum) More details will be provided during the training process. See instructions below for how to start our training (videos, doc, short quiz, phone call with Andy). Emails during the training may go into your spam and/or promotions folder, please make sure to check these.
OR 2) if you cannot commit to a regular schedule we are open to guest posts (either one post, AMA/interview, or a short series) on a particular topic, if you would prefer this way email me at [email protected].
Testimonial (see more below):
"Having WSO on my resume has been awesome. When people in the industry see that I'm a Contributing Author to the site, they always respond positively. The site has great name brand recognition, particularly amongst junior to mid-level industry professionals, so it definitely helps you stand out amongst your peers. WSO is also a great medium to temper your professional writing skills. Quality writing is one of the unsung skills in business, and creating content for WSO sharpens your abilities. It's something that I highly recommend to anyone who wants to work on a critical skill, improve their personal brand, or just have fun."
— Justin (WSO Blogger 2012-2013)
See more info, testimonials, perks, and's below
Here are some of our current and former writers.
- Start date: ASAP
- Term: minimum of 8 weeks, and 1 post (400 word minimum) per week (we are flexible on this - if some weeks you need off that is fine, please just give me advanced notice)
- Professional in the finance (or similar field) industry
- Strong writing skills
- Native English speaker
- Knowledge of what WSO is all about (ie study our "About us" page).
- Can commit to at least 1 post per week (400 word minimum) or give me 24 hours notice if you are going to miss a post.
Tangible Benefits for you:
- A digital record of your writing ability and financial expertise on a large financial website.
- Great experience to help supplement your resume
- Free access to all WSO Guides (1 after the 2 week initial trial, five more mid-way through, and the additional five after completion of the internship)
- Free access to our video library for 3-months
- Free access to WSO job board for one-year (after full-completion of internship)
- -Patrick* and I are happy to assist you with your career in the future - i.e. give recommendations / referrals etc.
Intangible benefits: - i.e. what you will learn
- Potential for your posts to be promoted to the homepage and visible to thousands of daily visitors.
- Great networking opportunity - we encourage to engage with the community and also you are free to post your personal contact information (LinkedIn, email, website/blog url, etc-
- See bottom of page for what Patrick can offer
WallStreetOasis.com - COO
*Additional info from Patrick:
If they do a good job, I am willing to serve as a personal reference for the writers that show a dedication to WSO and help us move forward. I can vouch that they busted their ass and are hard workers - exactly what banks are looking for.
For example I wrote a great endorsement for a previous intern on LinkedIn (the intern that built our entire finance dictionary from scratch and did an amazing job). He now has me as a personal reference any time he is applying for jobs because he went above and beyond my expectations.
Current & Former WSO Bloggers:
- Eddie: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/16325
- bankerella: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/5475
- Aaron Burr: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/88751
- TheKing: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/1158
- M Friedman: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/68666
- DonVon: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/72563
- In The Flesh: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/35816
- WhiteHat: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/87183
- Senhor Finance: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/20738
- valuationGuru: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/14413
- nychimp: http://http//www.wallstreetoasis.com/blog/4
"Writing for WSO was a tremendously valuable experience. I've learned so much from the community and it was great to be able to contribute to the discourse on the site. Most importantly though I've had some very interesting conversations that have broadened my worldview with people who've responded to things I've written. I'd recommend writing for this site to anyone. "
— William (WSO Blogger 2014)
"Having WSO on my resume has been awesome. People always respond super positively to the fact that I write on the site and it's a great conversation topic."
— Leon (WSO Blogger Summer/Fall 2012)
"I'm only about halfway into the internship, but it should be said that the tangible benefits definitely outweigh the amount of work you do. First off, Andy really wants to help you out: I initially began as a forum discussion starter, and was luckily given the chance to be a weekly contributing author-- nice addition to my (previous lacking) resume. Second, not only am I exposed to finance and business knowledge exponentially more than before, but I've become a much better writer and have created more opportunities for myself; I've already gotten another internship off this, as well as an interview for another one in the spring. Employers love the name, think it's wonderful that you're tech savvy, and can trust that you know a good amount about business. Additionally, you get the WSO guides-- which were surprisingly jam-packed with useful information. These aren't your typical e-books that should really be 3-page articles... these are thick, no-bibles that will lead you closer to your dream job. Finally, the CEO and COO are really nice guys! You won't regret this decision.
1/22/2013 update: Would I be able to keep this position indefinitely? You would be shocked at how WSO has opened up doors for me like this one. Being that I'm going to grad school for finance soon, I'd love to keep contributing."
—Jake (Writing Intern, Fall/Winter 2012-13)
"Writing for WSO has been an invaluable experience with getting started in the industry. This role gets asked about at every interview, and helps show genuine interest in finance. You will learn how to attract and engage viewers, which is key to be taken seriously as any professional. In addition, speaking about WSO with my peers out of my network has always been helpful to establish a common ground. I've made it into the industry now and I couldn't have done it without the (in)tangible benefits that came with it. Many thanks to Andy and Patrick for guiding me along the way."
—Mark (WSO Blogger, Summer 2012)
"My internship with Wall Street Oasis was an extremely rewarding experience. Having a direct source in which your reand writing is being seen by a wide variety of financial experts allows you to refine your understanding of financial topics. Overall, the my time spent as a contributing author proved to be an equally as valuable as any class I have taken. As with anything you will receive what you put into it, so the more time you put into your research and writing the more constructive feedback you will receive allowing you to grow as a professional."
—Justin T. (Writing Intern, Spring 2013)
"As a Contributing Author on WSO, I have been able to further hone my business writing skills within a forum of well-respected finance professionals who ask insightful questions and provide guidance on how to become a successful banker, trader, advisor, or consultant. Much of business is learning how to craft a story or sales pitch to fit your audience and there is no better place to learn what makes other financiers tick than on WSO. Even after writing just a few articles, I could already sense that my ability to predict what other industry professionals would find compelling was increasing; fielding questions and engaging in friendly but discerning debates on multi-faceted topics of finance only served to sharpen my writing and ability to speak about my field. Learning to communicate with other like-minded finance professionals is by far the greatest skill you can learn when you are a junior or mid-level 'monkey,' and WSO is the perfect launching pad for exploring your own communication style. "
—Michael, 2013 Contributing Blogger
"Writing for WSO has been a lot of fun and, most importantly, it has provided me with a valuable opportunity to improve my writing and analytical skills. The community, filled with smart and accomplished people, keeps the contributing authors on their toes, ensuring their work is of the highest quality lest their errors be brought to light. Making sure I create something worth reading for such a deserving community, week in and week out, has done more for my writing ability than any college course or writing workshop ever could. Additionally, the moderators allow you the creative license to delve deeply into the myriad topics associated with Wall St. and banking to better improve your analytical ability. Remember, high quality writing is a skill that is valued enormously by employers; becoming a WSO contributing author will give you the relevant practice required to succeed in a professional setting."
—Mike, 2013 Contributing Blogger
"As a WSO Contributing Author, I wrote articles twice a week for a whole summer. The experience not only made me a better writer grammatically, but also helped me understand how to better appeal to a certain type of audience and how to generate conversations. The most flattering experience I had was during awhere I was asked to talk about my WSO experience and describe some of my articles in depth."
—Yuriy, 2012 Contributing Blogger
"Writing for WSO has been an excellent experience, both personally and professionally. Being responsible for a weekly article has made me more attentive to market news, and has made me think more critically about where I want my own career to go. WSO was a great resource for me when I was searching for jobs in college, and being able to give back to the community has been very rewarding. In addition, my writing and presentation skills have improved greatly since writing for WSO, and it has also given me access to a wide network of other contributors and posters."
—John, 2013 Contributing Blogger
"I discovered WSO when one of their articles was picked up by another site. When I looked over the content I was impressed by the originality and candor from a variety of people. It is not often that you get seasoned professionals, new additions and those looking for a gateway to their future profession in one place sharing information in such a candid fashion. I found a number of articles very insightful and well written, especially those parts of the business where I am not well versed; and a few even provided some much needed laugh out loud moments. My decision to write was due to the quality of content on the site, value of information dissemination and an opportunity to enhance my communication and writing skills while delivering thought provoking"
—Lone Wolf, 2013 Contributing Blogger
"Writing for WSO has played a big role in discovering how much I enjoy writing for fun. I used to dread writing essays in school, but this is completely different. But not only do I get to do what I've recently started to enjoy, but I also constantly gain valuable experiences from the feedback I receive from all the various personalities and opinions on the forums."
—Jack, 2013 Contributing Blogger
"In the middle of my final year of college, I wrote to Patrick with a book review of; the Chief Monkey was so impressed that he invited me to continue, and 25 Monkey's Reviews later I'm still here. I've even gotten to interview a couple of authors, become involved as the NYC Happy Hour chair, and gotten to know many of the other writers and on a personal basis. It has grown into a very enriching part of my life and is one of the better decisions I've ever made (and I've made some great ones!)."
—ITF - Contributing Blogger
"WSO is a living, breathing feed of information coming from the Wall Street workforce. We pinpoint the specific dominoes and what makes them fall, while traditional financial news sources solely report the dominoes falling. The added personality of WSO is what keeps people coming back. Working for WSO was being a part of that feed, even if it was temporary."
—RSLA - Writing Intern, Spring/Summer 2013
Q: Can I write on whatever I like or do I have write on certain topics?
A: We like to give writers a lot of freedom so that they can write on whatever they like. We prefer topics to be finance/wall street/business/econ related and relevant to our audience, but if you want to the occasional off-topic post on say fantasy football that is fine too (as long as it's relevant to our audience. Topics heavy on politics/religion should be avoided
Q: Do I have to post once per week? What if I miss a post?
A: Some writers choose to write "at will" and submit their post on their own schedule then send me the link, and I promote it to the homepage at an an available time. If you have a homepage slot and miss a spot it's not the end of the world, I just ask writers to give me as much notice as possible if they're going to miss a spot.
Q: Can I remain anonymous?
A: Of course - most of our writers choose to write anonymous so they can be more candid, and I've never heard of any problems arising. If you use common sense in the information you give (and change around dates/names etc when necessary) then you'll be fine
Q: What if I want to write publicly?
A: Some writers have done this as well and then are able to show their blog during interviews etc. One previous writer even used his experience writing for us to transition into a full time writer for a major financial publication.
Q: Can I do an AMA along with my posts?
A: We LOVE when professionals want to do AMA's so yes definitely. It's the best way to introduce you to the community and then we can link back to it in your signature. All our previous AMA's can be found on this page: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/ rel="nofollow" target="_blank">FAQ/what-are-the-best-qa-threads-and-interviews-with-top-finance-professionals-on-wso
Q: Can I speak to some other writers about their experience?
A: Of course, there are several writers that would be happy to talk about their experience being a writer for us.
Q: Will my posts show on the homepage?
A: We decide that during the phone call - some writers start off the homepage and then are promoted, some start immediately on the homepage - it mainly depends on your writing ability and what type of arrangement we set up.
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