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WSO Hall of Fame: Job Search Advice Forum

WallStreetOasis.com

The Wall Street Oasis Job Search Advice Hall of Fame provides a comprehensive collection of some of WSO's best threads giving advice on the various aspects of your next job search. Keep in mind this Hall of Fame does not include Q&A sessions by WSO veterans. To view a full list of Q&A’s & In...

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WSO Resume Review: get ready!

WallStreetOasis.com

Please check out our new Resume Review service to get your resume ready for recruiting season: http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/page/wso-resume-review...

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Is this normal for VC in London? Career advice needed

naky91

Hi, Currently completing an internship in VC, this one being in London. My fund is pretty well known I think, perhaps a tier below Atomico if not on the same level. I now have recruiters coming forward with potential analyst roles, but I am seriously reconsidering this industry. My primary problems...

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Waiting For Official Offer For Two Months Already

wsygdhr

Hi everyone. Two months ago on 6/30, I finally got a verbal offer for a quant job with a mutual fund in nyc. I thought I would get the official offer letter quite soon but unfortunately I've been waiting for two months now. I've been sending follow-up emails to the internal recruiter about once a we...

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Career Switch? RE --> Finance

KClubs

Should I stay with a RE Developer or make a transition to finance? I've worked in RE for 2+ years, first in financing, and more recently at a prominent developer. Since joining the developer (6+ months), I have been chronically underworked and have not learnt as much as I anticipated. My initial pl...

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J.P. Morgan Pymetrics

YoungDumbFullOfRum

Am obviously a little bit past applying for graduate jobs, however have heard a bit of news about the use of "pymetric" games during the recent hiring cycle by firms like JP Morgan. Am simply curious - what are they like and what do they involve? Is the alleged personality feedback actually meaningf...

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Leaving FAANG --> Other Options

faangs

I'm in a bit of a unique situation, thought I would post it up and get your 2 cents. I am based in London, UK. I went to a target university for undergrad, where everyone was obsessed with banking/consulting, but I went into FAANG because I felt more passionate about tech at the time. I've swapped...

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Determining if I want to work for the interviewer

Jim Simons

How can I determine if I want to work for the person interviewing me? Any suggestions or personal stories are appreciated. I've thought about asking, what would you do when you get flack for a mistake I made?...

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When does MBA recruiting for second years begin post-summer internships?

ar169

For the jobs that have been unfilled bc of interns rejecting to come back or any reason, for how long does the recruiting cycle stay open post-summer internships?...

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FT recruiting - lost senior

TheTargetNonTarget

Hi all, I'm feeling nervous as hell about FT recruiting. I go to a non-target and didn't get a return offer from the firm I interned at this summer (1/9 did for my group). My parents are on my ass now and want me to take whatever I can get. I want to do ER and I have the skills to pass the intervie...

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Why you shouldn't trust anyone in Q4

wholesale_wanking

So I joined this Asian investment bank as an intern, who now is suffering from losses (need I say the name?). Two months into my internship (off-cycle) in March, my analyst tells me, off-the-record, that I will surely get a PPO out of the three interns. Well, so far so good? New financial year begi...

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Advice for a Banker Who Kind of Hates It

Not-A-Quant

I’ve been trying to figure out what I want to do with my life. The mindless number crunching, logo resizing, PowerPoint formatting and endless pitches have not exactly won me over. For some context, I’m entering my second year at a BB in NYC. I went to a good school (Ivy, not HYP). I’ve had a ...

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Can I apply to sophomore/junior year internships as a rising freshman with extra AP credit?

Bob-Mike

To keep it simple, I'm ahead of my school curriculum by a bit more than 3 semesters (almost 2 years) because of AP credit. But, I'm still staying in school for the whole four years. With that in mind, would I be able to say I am a sopohmore and apply to IB and buy-side programs that ask for rising ...

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Mutual fund quant role vs Quant trading role

ultrachimp69

I have a job offer at a MF (good aum) for a quant based role ( mostly multi asset and macro strategies ). I also have a trading firm offer at a quant prop shop ( relatively small). I really need to decide between them in less than a month or so. Would appreciate if you guys could help me compare the...

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CS or Econ for Aspiring Economist?

Ryan-Walter

I am about to start an Access to Higher Education course which will enable me to attend university (upon successful completion) at the start of the 2020/2021 academic year. I want to work within the field of economics, and am unsure of which university course would give me the best chance of achie...

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Post-MBA bankers - where do they generally leave for, in 2 years?

ar169

With the PE route (most likely_ closed, what are the most preferred exit options for post MBA bankers? Do they prefer corp dev / strat or VC? Or have startups become the new cool thing for them?...

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Recruitment Consultancy in Hyderabad Training and Placement Companies in Hyderabad

kannakarthik942

Here Lots of great information regarding recruitment and it is very useful for people who are searching for this type of services. Happiness at Work is our motto and the inspiration behind the name. We are a young staffing company with a primary focus on Permanent, Contract & Flexi hiring. We are on...

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Ask the Chief - New WSO Podcast Episode Type

WallStreetOasis.com

Launching a new type of super-short podcast episode (on the [WSO podcast](https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/wall-street-oasis/id1463441793)) called **Ask the Chief** to see how it goes... **Super simple: You ask me any questions you have about careers/interviews/life/anything and then I play...

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No Return Offer Help

TheTargetNonTarget

Hello all, I recently completed my internship and was informed that I won't be getting a return offer. They stated that it's due to headcount and that I did nothing wrong and that everyone spoke highly of me. They also said ~40% of people got a return offer across all offices but only ~20-30% from t...

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A few months in and I really dislike my job

capratetoolow

After spending about a year at my previous place, I landed a "slam dunk" buy side investment role at a large fund. However, it has been very stressful so far. My co-workers are passive aggressive and managers like to yell at me for little or no fault. I feel dumb all the time and I've lost a lot of ...

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Non-Target, But Can I Do Better?

What Should I Do With My Life

Hello, I have a pretty open-ended question because I don't really know what direction to go in. I'm headed into my senior year as a finance and economics double major at a non-target school. I've maintained a 4.0 (big flex, I know) so far and just finished a summer at a BB in Internal Audit. I recei...

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Stuttering and Interviewing

Jab545

I’m entering my last semester of undergrad and have been networking in NYC all summer. I definitely feel like I’ve been making progress in terms of making connections and have begun the full time recruiting process (first phone screen tomorrow). I have a stutter, not a terrible one but if you ta...

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AMA: Sell Side Equity Research to Software Engineer

greenspud

About I’m a software engineer who used to work on Wall Street in equity research. My background encompasses both finance and computer programming. My first job out of undergrad was at an investment bank in New York City, but I have since moved into more technical roles and now live in Indiana and...

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How to follow up to a cold email that was never responded to?

ar169

Pretty self-explanatory. I don't want to be disrespectful and continue bothering these people but would still like to send a follow-up email just to say "Hi XXX, I realize you are very busy but would appreciate if we can talk sometime in the next couple of weeks. Thanks, XYZ" Wanted to see what ot...

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Which quant prop shops/ hedge funds offer summer internships?

propquantmonkey

I'm a rising junior at a target for quant work, and I'm looking to apply to proprietary trading firms and quant hedge funds in Chicago and NYC. I have a list of some places I'm interested in (in no particular order): 1. Jane Street 2. Old Mission 3. Five Rings Capital 4. Two Sigma 5. Citadel 6....

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When does Fall recruiting start for positions left vacant by those who just left for PE shops?

eric.sears.1985

I am specifically talking about those who have completed their 2 year stints in banking. I imagined it would be August but i haven't seen that many positions open up just yet....

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Recruiting for Consulting One Year Post MS Degree

Johnny-Michael

I want to recruit for top consulting firms in this coming cycle and I'm looking for some advice on how to accomplish this. Quick bio: I studied finance at a non-target undergrad. Worked one year as an analyst with a private wealth shop then did my MS in analytics at a top 10 B school (graduated May ...

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Drug Screening at Credit Agricole

didhash22

Hi Everyone, Does anyone know if Credit Agricole does drug screenings for incoming associates in the US? I have a final interview coming up and i'm a occasional cannabis user so just want to make sure that ill be ok if i receive an offer. Can't find substantial information on this online so any i...

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Resume as a College Freshman

PecanPie803

What should you put on your resume as a college freshman, especially in the beginning months when you haven't done anything in college yet? - what do you do for the education section with no GPA, just include coursework? - without any college work experience, do you put relevant jobs/internships f...

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Middle-Office Role at Prestigious Endowment Fund Exit Opportunities

somedankus

I'm currently interviewing for a valuation analyst role at an endowment fund and was wondering if someone could give me some insight on what the exit opportunities would look like. Since i'm coming from a non-finance background, would a middle office role help my chances of pivoting into a front off...

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LinkedIn BLP

RWRecoveryWater

Just got an interview for LinkedIn's Business Leadership Program and wanted to see if any monkeys had any info regarding the program. Seems very sales-heavy, so I'm not too interested but maybe I'm overlooking a cool gig. My other options would be to be back to T2 strategy consulting....

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Breaking into IB as a Student in Unrelated Field

Uhhnisha

Hello everyone, I was just wondering how often you come across someone with an unconventional background that has been successful in navigating and securing a job in IB. And if not IB, what is something similar that you've seen them transition to within the realm of banking if anything?...

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Finding the next job / job search advice

walkerensor

I was recently laid off working for a large financial institution due to a reorganization. I need advice in regards to connecting with new companies in different cities to land my next job as simply applying on company career websites no longer works. ...

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Compensation Ladders Across IB/PB/PE/HF/S&T/ER/etc.

yourfavoriteanalyst

Never really found a place that compared side by side the all-in compensation ladders for IB, PB/PWM, S&T, ER at a BB as well as PE/HF all-in compensation ladders broken down by year and title. I thought this would be helpful for me to get an idea of what's ahead for each I am considering. Would re...

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Clarification of incorrect technical answer during interview

HearMeRoar

So the situation is, the interviewer asked me how to get equity value from enterprise value, as basic as it was. I was a bit nervous and said something like "to get EQUITY VALUE, you sum up EQUITY VALUE and cash and subtract debt" I could sense the interviewer must be like "W*F" and he asked if I w...

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Do companies have to disclose drug testing in offer letter?

ft_recruiting12345

I know this is a common topic on here, but I couldn't find anything that actually answers this question. I have a finance internship secured for next summer, and the offer letter notes it is contingent on passing a background check. Does this mean there won't be a drug test? When my friends have go...

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Does UBS sponsor work visas?

aubry

I’m a UK citizen and graduated from UK uni. What are my chances I am considered for UBS IB program in NY? ...

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At a Career Crossroads...looking to do PE

LayeRCakeS

Background: Graduated in Finance with a 3.0 at a non-target school, currently working as a Analyst in Commercial Lending at a small community bank. Recently had an brief unpaid internship in a local RE investment company. Could send my resume at request. I ultimately am looking to work in PE (prefe...

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Recruitment agencies

silverps

Hello All, I'm Paul. I'm from Los Angeles. New to this awesome website. I'm an alternative investment professional. Went to a top economics firm. I've worked on deals in private equity and investment banking. I'm looking for full-time work in PE/IB. I hear networking with managing directors...

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Resume Review Rising Senior

Imavillan

Hi all. Rising senior here. Just updated my resume and I wanted to know what you all think. Thinking of applying to IBD and AM after graduating but my real goal interest is in AM. ...

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Career after B com

Rohit-Mishra1

Since we all know that a b com/graduate fresher has to struggle a lot in order to get a job. Industries, nowadays giving priority to the experience or to one who has some skillset. So all you graduate folks out there if you are planning to get a job after graduation, you need get few skillsets of yo...

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Follow-up Again after Interview

pfinfrasfin

I know it's case-by-case first of all... I had my second round interview with a bank in New York City around mid July. I sent out thank you note with four interviewers right after the interview that day. And I followed up with HR last week and he said he needed to check with the department. I am n...

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Help - How to leverage past work experience and pivot? AM Equity Research to?

Venturepapi

Looking to leverage past work experience in equity research AM and pivot but not sure how to do it. I was part of a fund restructuring and joined a fintech company to scratch my entrepreneurial itch but i'm not happy with the move and want to move back into finance in any capacity. I worked in AM ...

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Is it worth getting your CPA

BigBird17

Hi Everyone. I will graduate this December (2019) and have a full time offer in BVal for one of the Big 4 accounting firms (I am an accounting major). I am working on making the transition into more finance type rolls, hence the BVal position instead of audit/tax. My question is, my start date is...

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sending previous examples of work / portfolio

earthwalker7

Hey monkeys, How do you guys deal w/ showing previous examples of work? Most of what we deal with is confidential. But I also feel actually SHOWING what you've done is more powerful than hand-waiving and describing vaguely your previous work. I really wish I could just email people past examples...

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2020 S&T Full Time Recruiting Timeline...

toryinnyc

Hi, Does anyone have any insight into S&T FT recruiting timeline for BB? I saw that JPM/UBS/GS are open, but BAML/CS/CITI/MS? ...

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How to Word Emails Asking Someone to Put in a Good Word for Me

GOA1

I'm about to start as a freshman at a semi-target in a major city in a few weeks, and I know I'll need to start looking for an internship soon next summer. I've been reaching out to people the last few months and have made a few connections at a BB (PWM & AM) and at a mid-size growth equity firm tha...

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Advice for Corporate Banking

bm21

Hey all, been doing some research and found out my "why" lies within corporate banking. Currently, a chemistry graduate working in pharma halfway through a finance MBA. What advice would you have to make the jump into CB? Any tips, suggestions, timelines, and advice is appreciate, thanks!...

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How to phrase emails for trying to obtain a freshman internship

GOA1

I'm about to start as a freshman at a semi-target in a major city in a few weeks, and I know I'll need to start looking for an internship soon next summer. I've been reaching out to people the last few months and have made a few connections at a BB (PWM & AM) and at a mid-size growth equity firm th...

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Valuation/boutique IB/CorpDev for PE later on?

MavIB

Hi Folks, I recently finished with my MBA in Finance from a top 30 school. I have multiple offers and need help in selecting the best role that'll help me land into PE later. Prior to MBA, I have worked in a big 4 corporate finance ~ 3 years. The first one is a Sr. Associate role in Portfolio valu...

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JP Morgan CIB Credit Risk Super Day - Plano, TX

Koh-Kingsley

There was an in-house recruiting Super Day event for JPM Credit Risk from Aug 6-8 this year. Has anyone heard back? And does anyone know how JPM goes through the recruiting process during Super Day? I met with many directors (MDs, EDs), and wonder if it's only the directors choosing who they want....

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Which jobs have 40-50 hrs per week and what would salary look like at the 10 year mark?

greenpastures

Just started my masters in stat and planning on going down the actuarial route. I went to an Ivy but due to some life/health issues my gpa's terrible. The masters and my post bac work is all I can do at this point. I spent some time ironing out those issues, and now I'm back on track to consider my ...

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job question school

BirdBath

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Post Amazon Finance Internship next steps

adam4st

I'm a rising Senior at UC Berkeley (Haas undergrad) finishing up my financial analyst internship at Amazon this Summer. After much reflection, I realized I may not like working in excel all day on boring metrics. I am having somewhat of a change of heart and I am no longer sure what kind of job I am...

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Potential for Pigeonhole

cozy26

I have seen an interesting job posting for an analyst spot at a trading firm in a very specific sector. I'm wondering how the skills and knowledge gained would translate to other sectors. Would you be pigeonholed in your ability to only find signals in this one sector, or would the broader skill set...

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Let go as a 1st year IB analyst; 8 weeks to find a new job

Bepersistent

I just completed my first year at a small investment bank and was recently told that I have about two months to find a new job. Due to special circumstances, the firm was willing to help me out and will continue to say that I am employed at the firm for the next two months. What do you all recomme...

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Internship opportunities in Houston

BigSpoon

Hey everyone I’m a freshman at a university in Texas. I was wondering if anyone knows if there are any internships offered to undergrad freshmans by BB investment banks or any consulting firms, specifically in Houston. I would appreciate any help that I can get in this forum....

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Recommended statistics books?

InvestingScientist

Can anyone recommend any books for statistics. Ideally something that explains the intuition as well as the heavier maths? Many thanks...

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How do I prepare for shadowing

rnoodles

I'm a rising senior completing my final summer internship in IB (got the return offer) but trying to lateral to a better firm through FT recruitment. Long story short, an alum who's VP at a top-tier BB offered to have me shadow him, which I think is an awesome opportunity that I hope materializes in...

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Credit Risk analyst @MS

IBMaialino

Hi fellow Monkeys, I’m having an interview for credit risk @MS. Any tips on how to prep? 2h long. Ta...

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Do I send an email yet??

slimestien

Newish to WSO - not a troll I've managed to line up an internship with a start-up company this fall. When I spoke with them in early June, they said that we would reconnect near the end of August, closer to when I start classes. BUT, I start classes up in ~20 days. Because of this I was thinking o...

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