1/19/13

Average B School (Top 50)
May 2012 B.S Finance
3.9 GPA, 4.0 Finance GPA
No internship

I did not come here for sympathy or to vent my frustration. I am looking for an honest assessment about my situation. I would appreciate perspective on the most effective way to get from where I am now to corporate finance. I have attempted to network through Linkedin and have sent 500+ resumes/covers into the void since I graduated 6 months ago. Not effective.

I was told today by a recruiter that the best they could do would be to place me in a mailroom, or offer me a 10$/hr job for two days scanning and shredding contracts in a commodities firm.

Thanks in advance

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1/19/13

Have you tried cold calling firms?

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What did you do in college?

1/19/13

It's only January. Start cold-calling every smaller firm that is remotely related to what you're interested in doing. Get the list of companies you want to start contacting this weekend and start hitting them on Tuesday. I say the smaller firms because they may need to hire people as needed, instead of on a recruiting calendar. Sending resumes online isn't working, so you need to try to personally connect with people. I suggest contacting a bunch of firms, not just the ones that have job postings...you might be able to get something there anyway.

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1/19/13

SirTradesaLot:
Start cold-calling every smaller firm that is remotely related to what you're interested in doing. Get the list of companies you want to start contacting this weekend and start hitting them on Tuesday.

My interest is in M&A. I have been primarily targeting the larger consulting/advisory firms rather than aiming for M&A through IBD. I'm going to start contacting botiques this week and see if that gets me any responses. I wanted to swing big out of college, but realistically I'm probably a better culture fit at a smaller operation.

karypto:
What did you do in college?

Involved myself in the community and held a job that added no marketable finance skills to my resume.

1/19/13

CTGT2005:
My interest is in M&A. I have been primarily targeting the larger consulting/advisory firms rather than aiming for M&A through IBD. I'm going to start contacting botiques this week and see if that gets me any responses. I wanted to swing big out of college, but realistically I'm probably a better culture fit at a smaller operation.
I'm glad you have a plan, but I would broaden further out than that. Look at other areas of finance, like research or asset mgt, among many other things. The reality is that while you think you might like M&A, you've never done it, so some other roles have almost as good of a chance as being something you enjoy. I guarantee that those jobs are better than being unemployed.

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1/19/13
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