en How did you spend your CFA gap year? <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-159329" style="width: 138px;"><a href="/forums/how-did-you-spend-your-cfa-gap-year"><img src="" alt="cfa.jpg" title="cfa.jpg" rel="image_src" class="image image-thumbnail " width="138" height="150" /></a></div> <p>Hi,</p> <p>Quick question to anyone who has re-taken any level of the <a href=";c=cart&amp;aff=44880&amp;ejc=2&amp;cl=175031" rel="nofollow">CFA</a>. A little background first. I signed up for the program a while back when my goal was an industry that "kind of" respected it (ie. not <a href="" rel="nofollow">AM</a>, <a href="" rel="nofollow">ER</a>, etc.). I have since shifted to an industry that it is a pinch above complete irrelevance. The reason i say this, is that the sign-up price hike is about 5 days away. Due to the change of industry, part of me says fuck it. However, the other (more rational, perhaps) part of me says I'm $700 away from $1500 and 300 hours NOT being a complete waste. So yea, I'm on the fence w/out a whole lot of time to decide.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Get a Job Sat, 18 Aug 2012 00:00:44 +0000 WSOusername 159330 at RE bridge loan exit ops? <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-155657" style="width: 150px;"><a href="/forums/re-bridge-loan-exit-ops"><img src="" alt="RainbowBridge.jpg" title="RainbowBridge.jpg" rel="image_src" class="image image-thumbnail " width="150" height="113" /></a></div> <p>Not much to add here. Just, curious what exit opps would look like from a RE finance shop specializing in short term bridge loans would look like. I'd imagine fairly thorough property level analysis is needed considering said properties are taken over if a loan goes bad. Also seems like great exposure to transactional/ capital/ underwriting/ valuation experience. For these reasons, I feel like acquisitions would be a relatively fluid exit op? Perhaps also RE capital markets? Perhaps I'm completely wrong (leaning towards this)? Please advise.</p> <p>*If you couldn't tell by now, this is regarding RE bridge loans, not VC or CF</p> Real Estate Epiphany bridge loan Wed, 18 Jul 2012 19:10:58 +0000 WSOusername 155658 at Property Pro Advantage <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-154512" style="width: 124px;"><a href="/forums/property-pro-advantage"><img src="" alt="tromp.jpg" title="tromp.jpg" rel="image_src" class="image image-thumbnail " width="124" height="150" /></a></div> <p>Greetings RE monkeys,</p> <p>Just curious if anyone has experience with these "courses". Im trying to get the Argus certification and I strongly believe that its cost is a complete travesty. Cost breakdown in usd as follows:</p> <p>1. beginner package- 495 (beginner videos)<br /> 2. advanced package- 395 (advanced videos)<br /> -or-<br /> 1. advanced certification package- 449 (advanced package, prep-exam, and exam)<br /> 2. basic certification package- 1k (both packages, prep-exam, and exam)</p> <p>This site has beginner courses for 250. What I'm thinking is take their beginner courses (save 245) then hop on Argus' advanced certification package for both the advanced classes and the test itself.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Real Estate Epiphany Mon, 09 Jul 2012 17:01:24 +0000 WSOusername 154513 at PE BO <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-153028" style="width: 150px;"><a href="/forums/pe-bo"><img src="" alt="office-space-image.jpg" title="office-space-image.jpg" rel="image_src" class="image image-thumbnail " width="150" height="117" /></a></div> <p>G'day monkey's,</p> <p>So I was doing my weekly resume spamming the other day, and I actually got a response from a headhunter within legit like 2 hours (i believe my previously fastest response was ~3 months). Since he responded, I decided to read the job description for which I applied. My impression is that it is essentially boutique PE <a href="" rel="nofollow">BO</a>. Think "assist with accounting and operational functions of firm's <a href="" rel="nofollow">private equity</a> investments (also cash management and special projects)". <a href="" rel="nofollow">BO</a> right?</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Private Iniquity $5 beer Wed, 27 Jun 2012 17:58:01 +0000 WSOusername 153029 at Didn't ask for resume- include it anyway? <p>What's up monkeys,</p> <p>Did a quick search and couldn't find anything on this. I'd be surprised if it hasn't been asked before, but at least now it'll be visible going fwd with a relevant title.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Get a Job Fri, 08 Jun 2012 16:01:17 +0000 WSOusername 150383 at Anyone else feel this way? <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-148642" style="width: 150px;"><a href="/forums/anyone-else-feel-this-way"><img src="" alt="phone-interview-tips.jpg" title="phone-interview-tips.jpg" rel="image_src" class="image image-thumbnail " width="150" height="130" /></a></div> <p>So I just recently started getting into the whole networking thing (I'm a fucking IDIOT for waiting this long, but thats another post entirely) and I've been taking the whole "Can you tell me how you got to where you are" approach. We then proceed to talk for ~25 mins about literally nothing I dont already know from spending so much time on this site (<a href=";c=cart&amp;aff=44880&amp;ejc=2&amp;cl=175031" rel="nofollow">CFA</a>, MBA, exit opps, sectors, <a href="" rel="nofollow">BO</a> vs <a href="" rel="nofollow">FO</a>, blah blah blah). I find myself literally pretending to be learning shit from these guys so that the conversation will continue flowing smoothly. Like I'm only talking to these guys for the line "send me over your resume later and I'll see what I can do" to be said at the end of the call.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Get a Job Fri, 25 May 2012 16:56:44 +0000 WSOusername 148643 at Wall Street Boxing Trainer <p>This video made me lol so figured it was worth a post. Also, if any of you monkey's are featured in this video announce yourself, lol.</p> <object style="height: 390px; width: 640px"><param name="movie" value="" /><param name="allowFullScreen" value="true" /><param name="allowScriptAccess" value="always" /><embed src="" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowfullscreen="true" allowScriptAccess="always" width="640" height="360"></embed></object> Monkeying Around Chlamydia Thu, 17 May 2012 21:05:08 +0000 WSOusername 147763 at Deleting google result question <p>Whats up guys,</p> <p>So after seeing that employers do a quick google search of your name after applying for a job, I decided to check mine and make sure all was good. Besides the typical shit I was indifferent about (my name being used in the school paper because I had friends who wrote for it and I gave them permission to make up quotes for me, lol) there was one result I wanted gone. It was a blog my friend wrote and I contacted him asking him to take my name down and he did. Now here is the question.</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Get a Job Mon, 14 May 2012 18:15:06 +0000 WSOusername 147348 at Is this a pointless e-mail? <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-145889" style="width: 131px;"><a href="/forums/is-this-a-pointless-e-mail"><img src="" alt="audit" title="audit" rel="image_src" class="image image-thumbnail " width="131" height="150" /></a></div> <p>What's up fellow monkeys,</p> <p>So basically I just applied for a job that I found through a company's website ("bigger" type company, ~5000 employees). Let's say that after that I checked my school's alumni database to see if there were any alumni currently employed there. Now if I were to have found one, would an e-mail along these lines to him/her be kosher?</p> <p>"Dear Mr./Ms. WSO,</p> <p>I recently applied for a job at XYZ and noticed through xxxx University's alumni database that you are currently employed there. I was just curious if you had any advice for anything I could do to better be able to get an interview? Thanks for your time.</p> <p>Sincerely,<br /> The GoldmanBallSachs"</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Get a Job Wed, 02 May 2012 02:24:00 +0000 WSOusername 145890 at Most prestigious WSO trolls <div class="image-attach-teaser image-attach-node-144433" style="width: 150px;"><a href="/forums/most-prestigious-wso-trolls"><img src=" face.thumbnail.jpg" alt="troll" title="troll" rel="image_src" class="image image-thumbnail " width="150" height="137" /></a></div> <p>I was curious as to <strong>who you guys think are the most prestigious WSO trolls?</strong> Off the top of my head I can think of:</p> <p>Ratinamaze<br /> Sexy_Like_Enrique<br /> firefighter<br /> lookatmycock</p> <p>Speaking of <a href="" rel="nofollow">lookatmycock</a>, where the hell has he been. I kinda miss his random forum posts about machines to cleaning his asshole and what not. </p> <p>Anyway, <strong>who am i forgetting?</strong> any honorable mentions? I havent been on here for a while so idk if my suggestions are dated? Any new, young, promising up and coming trolls?</p> <p>P.S.- any mods reading this, I believe "Top WSO Troll" is an absolute lock when you're looking for the next poll</p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Monkeying Around attack of the trolls Thu, 19 Apr 2012 01:46:51 +0000 WSOusername 144434 at