12/2/12

I'm a junior from california state university. My GPA is not very good, 3.16. Didn't try hard in community college.
I've been trading stocks for over a year. Started with $10,000. Made 47% in returns before the tax. (online discount broker)
I dont have any "official" job experience. How can I mention that I traded stocks in my resume? I'm trying to get a full-time job.
What are my chances?

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12/2/12

What is your GPA since you've transferred? You might be able to list only that one on your resume.

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12/2/12

Title could be Independent Stock Investor and you could have bullet points underneath talking about your analysis of individual investments (hoping you didn't just pick random stocks out of barrons) and/or investment strategies, models you ran, etc. 47% is good, but the markets did excellent this past year right till about the election so you need to make it clear that it wasn't just dumb luck. Chances for what? Do you have a specific career in mind? Prop trading is usually a good bet along with 401k portfolio management/private wealth management.
For branch PWM I'd go with either Merrill Lynch or UBS, and two NY based prop trading firms that are pretty easy to get into are Trillium and SMB capital. Good luck, hope this helps!

12/2/12

I add mine under experience this is what I put on my resume.

Investment Management
Investing Experience December 2007 - Present
* Managed personal investment portfolio of $65,000 with the oversight of Certified Financial Planner
* Developed specialized background on technology and healthcare sectors after completing thorough due diligence on relative price multiples and understanding the several challenges these industries face
* Perform company valuation, analytical research and time weighted return portfolio and sector analysis in evaluating and maintaining a competitive and diversified portfolio

12/2/12

Thanks for the comment guys.
I transfered with 2.97. Did well on business related classes but not on general education... Now it's 3.16
Emphasized in technology, retail, telecommunication and materials.
I've read dozens of books on investments and economics. That's the only thing i'm interested in. What position should I apply for if I want to trade in future. Should I attach my portfolio to the resume?
I have never worked anywhere, not even at MCD's. What are my chances of getting a job?

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12/2/12

aset:
Thanks for the comment guys.
I transfered with 2.97. Did well on business related classes but not on general education... Now it's 3.16

I meant your GPA since transferring. I.e., not including your grades from any prior school.

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12/2/12

im confused right now, if you are a junior then why are you looking for a full time job? You should be looking for a internship in IM for the summer, correct me if I am wrong. If you are trying to get an internship in IM than start cold calling and networking with any kind of IM company around your area, if need be say you will work for free. At least at this point you will have some real experience and you can leverage that to get a decent full time job.

12/2/12

I'm very socially awkward person. Not sure about cold calling...
Sorry, I'm new here. What does IM stand for? Investment management?
What is the easiest job in finance field to get? (that doesn't involve much social interaction )

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die

12/2/12

aset:
I'm very socially awkward person. Not sure about cold calling...
Sorry, I'm new here. What does IM stand for? Investment management?
What is the easiest job in finance field to get? (that doesn't involve much social interaction )

And if you're socially awkward, might want to stay away from IBD. IMO that's the one where you need to be the most socially adept so it'll really be an uphill battle for you, especially coupled with the low GPA.

I don't know if there is an "easiest" job to get in high finance, per se. Landing AM/ER jobs out of UG is pretty difficult I think. Not too sure about IM though.

12/2/12

Trading stocks is completely different from IB. If you truly want IBD, I recommend you start with something like PWM and move up. At least this way you have something on your resume.

12/2/12

It's 3.43

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die

12/2/12

aset:
It's 3.43

Put that on your resume.

"There are three ways to make a living in this business: be first, be smarter, or cheat."

12/2/12

When the rich wage war, it's the poor who die

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