11/22/12

What are your thoughts on sending networking emails over thanksgiving? Some have said it's a bad idea, but there are potentially benefits to doing so as well. People are generally in a more festive mood, aren't as busy, etc.

Opinions?

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11/21/12

Terrible idea.

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11/21/12

Absolutely terrible idea. People do read their emails, so I don't think emailing over a holiday will catch anyone that wouldn't have responded on a workday. The only thing it will do is make people mad because they are enjoying a holiday with their family and see their blackberry blinking and it turns out to just be some kid cold-emailing. I did a fair bit of cold-emailing when I was trying to break into SA programs but was always firmly of the opinion that it should only be done on weekdays during business hours.

11/21/12

The "benefits" you speak of are not benefits. Like others have said, it's a terrible idea.

I can't understand your line of thinking here. You think because they're feeling festive and aren't as busy, that they'd be more willing to help you out?

No. The last thing these people want to see while they're enjoying some time off is some random email from you.

11/21/12

are you serious?

think for a second, please. do you want any emails from random kids on a holiday from your shitty-ass 100hr job to talk about the one thing you promised yourself to forget? not even a single ugly fatfuck spending thanksgiving by themselves would want something like this.

while i support networking, there are many things that, if someone thought to use a brain first, should never be done. take a couple minutes and think...common sense, use it! you're smart, apply it!

11/21/12

Harsh reaction... I've been speaking w/ a couple of people today about opportunities. I guess some people get bored on the train/plane/car home. A cold call might be a different story, but don't underestimate the boredom of holidays for people with personality disorders geared towards banking...

11/21/12

Small upside, big downside. Decide as you wish.

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11/21/12

It just really depends... doesn't it?

11/21/12

See: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/touch-basefo...
I got my first cold-email today from a kid at my alma mater doing the "I'm really interested in consulting, can I ask you some questions? Can you tell me what you do in consulting?". I deleted it.

Currently: clinical psychologist (in training)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

11/23/12
chicandtoughness:

See: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/touch-basefo...
I got my first cold-email today from a kid at my alma mater doing the "I'm really interested in consulting, can I ask you some questions? Can you tell me what you do in consulting?". I deleted it.

Ughh... First year analyst with an attitude. You just barely got in the door yourself, and now you are shutting it in someone's face!

11/24/12
etherlord:
chicandtoughness:

See: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/touch-basefo...
I got my first cold-email today from a kid at my alma mater doing the "I'm really interested in consulting, can I ask you some questions? Can you tell me what you do in consulting?". I deleted it.

Ughh... First year analyst with an attitude. You just barely got in the door yourself, and now you are shutting it in someone's face!

I wouldn't expect anyone - first year analyst or otherwise - to respond to me if I sent a half-hearted mass email to a bunch of alums. You don't know what we do in consulting, but you want me to believe you're interested in it? What are you interested in, the 4-day-a-week travel, the Starwood points, or the exit opps? Because believe me, I don't want to talk about many of those topics.
It's not hard -- do your research like everyone else. Come up with something besides "tell me what you do?" And then I'll respond to you - hell, if it's interesting enough I'll respond to you -and- forward it to my director. It's the same thing as when I was an undergrad and high schoolers emailed me asking "I'm really interested in Top Tier University, can you look over my essays?" There's legit networking and then there's thinly veiled half-ass attempts.

Currently: clinical psychologist (in training)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

11/25/12
chicandtoughness:

See: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/touch-basefo...
I got my first cold-email today from a kid at my alma mater doing the "I'm really interested in consulting, can I ask you some questions? Can you tell me what you do in consulting?". I deleted it.

The other side of that is that they really didn't give a shit to hear what you had to say about consulting. They wanted to know if your company was hiring and obviously not if you deleted the e-mail. I'd say that was mission accomplished with efficiency by both parties.

11/25/12
balls.mahoney:

The other side of that is that they really didn't give a shit to hear what you had to say about consulting. They wanted to know if your company was hiring and obviously not if you deleted the e-mail. I'd say that was mission accomplished with efficiency by both parties.

This is also true, but I'd say that a deleted email doesn't necessarily mean a company isn't hiring - just not interested in kids who can't take an hour of their time to do some research and pen a proper email.

Currently: clinical psychologist (in training)
Previously: investor relations (top consulting firm), M&A consulting (Big 4), M&A banking (MM)

11/21/12

not a good idea.

11/21/12

trololololol

11/22/12

Wait until Christmas, more opportunity for you then.

11/22/12

No, bad.

11/22/12

Try it and report back.

11/22/12

Would YOU read and respond to some kid's email over Thanksgiving? I agree with all of the above, stupid ass idea.

11/22/12

Please do not email anyone until Monday. I don't understand how people are reaching out to grab coffee this week. Everyone was trying to get out of the office yesterday and everyone is working remotely tomorrow.

11/22/12
SwaGGeReR:

What are your thoughts on sending networking emails over thanksgiving? Some have said it's a bad idea, but there are potentially benefits to doing so as well. People are generally in a more festive mood, aren't as busy, etc.

Opinions?

Terrible idea.

Competition is a sin.

-John D. Rockefeller

11/23/12

I actually had to send out a bunch of emails after I got out of exams on Tuesday...I figured I should just wait for Monday so some poor chap doesn't have to leave late on Wednesday or worry about taking care of some bullshit on Friday.

The working man doesn't get a lot of days to spend with his undersexed wife and his rebellious kids with facebook mobile up their anus. The one day he gets, I'm going to do everything in my power to maximize its efficiency. This is my gift to everyone. Happy holidays

11/24/12
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