Hello Fellow Monkeys,
I'm 25, unemployed and recently graduated from a top-ranked university with a low. I've cold e-mailed and cold called as many people as a Chinese phonebook. My daily schedule starts at 5 am to work out (lost 60 pounds) and then to immediately apply and network for . But the struggle to become an Analyst has been much more difficult than I anticipated.
I thought the road to getting an offer would of been much easier to be honest. I've studied diligently the Breaking Into Wall Street courses and I also read Mergers and Inquisitions daily to get an understanding of how to get in the industry. Costly mistakes have held me back tremendously though. I also hadn't learned yet that it's the small details that matter the most.
Case Study 1:
Networking like any other morning, I sent out 10 personalized messages to big shots that had unconventional backgrounds. A Managing Director from a Bulge Bracket firm e-mailed me back immediately and said he'd be willing to give me a shot because he liked my hustle. I was so excited that I sent him an e-mail right back to thank him and to delve more into the opportunity.
But I couldn't shake the funny feeling I had after I sent the message though. I went to my Sent mailbox and re-read the message. It was filled with grammatical errors. My next-door neighbor could probably hear me scream many expletives while she was drinking her morning coffee. I thought I could survive the ordeal so I waited for an e-mail response. Hours turned into days, days turned into months and still nothing. I knew it was over. I had closed a door because of a mindless mistake.
Case Study 2:
Never talk about Workaholics being your favorite show in an interview. I got dinged harder than Tim Tebow's throwing motion.
These are just few of my many mistakes but it's important to highlight that nobody is perfect. But if you can minimize the mistakes more than the next candidate, you're that much further to getting an offer. I now triple check my e-mails before I click the send button. From recruiting to the interview process, I suggest you diligently find any subtle blunders that may hold you back. And if you do make a mistake, just know that mistakes are meant for learning, not repeating.