Best entry level jobs out of 4 years college

I'm in the middle of my job search for next summer once I graduate college. I'm at at a non-target with a high GPA studying Finance. Have two internships, my most recent one being an investment banking summer analyst. I'm wondering what the best entry level jobs are for someone in my situation in terms of keeping doors open into PE/IB down the road. Obviously an Investment banking analyst is my main target, but those are tough to land (won't give up though). In terms of other entry level jobs, how would you compare Financial Analyst, Investment Analyst, Commercial Credit Analyst, Corporate Finance Analyst, etc. What should I be targeting? Already got a Commercial Credit Analyst position but heard that doesn't lead to much.

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Jan 2, 2018

Could you network with alumni from your school that are currently working in IB? I am not working in the industry but based off of other threads, it seems networking with alumni(or in general) is your best option. If PE is your goal you can try to get an analyst position at a BB or MM bank and then get into PE after a couple of years.

I don't know much about the other entry level jobs but in general I have read that it is advantageous to get your IB analyst position early if you do want to end up in PE. Just my 2 cents, hopefully it helped a bit!

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Jan 2, 2018

You just said you had a SA IB position, did you not recieve a FT offer???

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Jan 3, 2018

No, they were not looking to hire. Very small bank. 9 total people in the firm, including two full time analysts already.

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Jan 2, 2018

Corporate Finance at a Fortune 500, Commercial Credit Analyst, IB Credit Risk roles funnel into IB analyst roles regularly.

If you're interested in S&T, Market Risk is a good one.

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Jan 3, 2018

Don't want to hijack JFinanceQs' thread but I have a question about this route.

If one starts in Corporate Finance, Credit Analyst, or Credit Risk roles and then funnels into an IB analyst position is it still "possible" or reasonable to do 2 years as an IB analyst and then transfer into PE? Or would PE firms view the previous roles before IB as a handicap? I know that the usual PE route is 2 years in IB out of undergrad and then straight into PE, but I do not know much about changing roles multiple times.

Jan 3, 2018

It's all about timing IMO after you get a solid year in either of those roles you have all the experience you need to lateral into IB Analyst 1 and depending on your groups placement in IB determines your chances at said PE firm

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Jan 3, 2018

So it is essentially your groups placement in IB that actually allows you to get into a strong PE firm and not necessarily prior work. Although I am sure everything plays a role in getting into a MF or top MM.

Thanks for the reply, I appreciate it!

Jan 3, 2018

yea if you go from f500corp fin 1yr > 1 yrmoelis in comparison to a guy working at piper (nothing against piper lads) for 2 years -- you will have a better shot generally speaking

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Jan 3, 2018

Ok that makes sense. I have always been interested in how there is such a clear cut gap in the IBs that place well into PE firms. I think it is wild how some larger IB still leave analysts with a lesser chance of PE exit opps than other larger IB.

Back to the actual thread topic, good to know about these other entry level jobs. As a student that is still trying to find my way, I like having these other options open since BB/top MM IB is so difficult to break into. Looking into a local PWM internship for the upcoming summer, hope to use that to my advantage in future SA interviews. Thanks again!

Jan 3, 2018

Yea a pwm internship is solid. Appreciate that you're not close minded and locked on to IB like some delusional students here. There are so many avenues in finance just as successful imo.

With a local PWM internship you can easily leverage that into many of goldman sachs' offices around the US and land a BB PWM role where it doesn't take long to make VP. But you could lever that for IB roles, Asset Management, Trading and so forth. Continue to keep an open mind and hustle. I'd just register an account on all the bulge bracket career sites and spend an entire day perfecting each profile, your resume, and general cover letter. Then apply for every fookin front/middle office internship you see after you've completed your local pwm internship.

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Jan 3, 2018

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Jan 3, 2018

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Jan 4, 2018

A few things that are off-beaten tracks that deserve a look:
- family office (either investment or portfolio operation - i.e. Sun Hung Kai & Co.)
- business development role at company that you like (i.e. tech, real estate - uber/CreitEase)
- fundraising function at asset management firms (i.e. blackrock)
- tech startup/ tech incubator (i.e. pitching, fundraising, planning at omidyar network)
- ibd/pe lobbying groups; understanding govt policies (i.e. american investment council)

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Jan 5, 2018

There's also Transaction Advisory Services at the big 4 accountancies

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Jan 5, 2018

Considering you want IB down the road, I'd consider anything involving credit analysis (commercial or corporate banking). This was my route, which ultimately led to IB.

Anything involving credit analysis is highly transferable to IB as you become fluent with basic financial/economic trends. Then primary difference will be modeling requirements in IB, which you can learn a lot of on your own time.

Jan 5, 2018

What about an Investment Analyst?

Jan 5, 2018

Yes, as investment analyst is similar in mindset.

Jan 7, 2018

Bump

Jan 7, 2018

you should remove any identifying info from your resume & repost.

Jan 7, 2018

Thank you, just made the changes

Jan 7, 2018

Agree, remove your personal info from your resume before posting.

Furthermore, I am curious how your are passionate about Investment Banking, but state that corporate finance is not your cup of tea. What kind of IB role do you pursue?

Jan 7, 2018

I should have rephrased my statement of "corporate finance not being my cup of tea". What I meant was the current role I have in Corporate FP&A is good field, but I would like to get more involved on the M&A side of the business, however, to do this at my company (and almost every company, I'm assuming) is to have an IB background. I believe that once I make it into an IB firm, I will get a better sense of the role I will want to do. As of now, I want to be involved with M&A, and eventually VC.

Jan 7, 2018

As far as I know you indeed need to have IB experience to get into Corp. Dev. (M&A at F500). But in regard to what you answered below:
(1) You state that your GPA was not high enough for IB, but you are confident that you're better and can add more value to a firm than an experienced person due to "the willpower and dedication I apply to things I'm passionate about, especially when it comes to my career ambitions". If you were dedicated to your career, why didn't you use your willpower and dedication to get an higher GPA? You need to spin this way better.

(2) Don't think that there are only silver spoons in IB, there are non. Everybody works extremely hard and is very dedicated to their career (why else would/could you work for those 80-100 hours a week). Being dedicated is a pre-requirement. You need to make this stand out. Give an example where you were more dedicated than somebody who is giving away the best years of his/her life for IB.

By no means am I saying it can't be done, but just some pointers. My advice would be; see if you can contact alumni that have IB roles. Easiest way to start the networking and from there expand your network. That is how I did it at least.

Jan 7, 2018

you'll really have to start targeting the lower-MM boutiques - FP&A is a decent start, but the overlap between your current job and tech M&A is quite low.
The biggest hurdle will be answering 2 questions: variants of (1) why didn't you go into IB straight out of college (2) why hire you instead of someone with prior IB experience.
I've seen the transition from F50 corp fin roles to lower-end IB, but you'll have to start aggressively networking.

Jan 7, 2018

I totally understand the hurdles with moving between Corp finance to IB, and I know that it will take a ton of networking for me to get where I want to.

What do you mean by the lower MM boutiques and how should I be able to network with them exactly?

To answer the two questions: (1) I didn't go straight into IB because I didn't have the best GPA so I was not able to get interviews for the IB firms I applied to for internships and full-time positions, (2) I can prove myself to be better and drive more value to a firm versus a person with prior IB experience - I know this with confidence because of the willpower and dedication I apply to things I'm passionate about, especially when it comes to my career ambitions. My question would be why wouldn't they give me the chance when I have a degree in Economics/Finance and am taking the Level 1 CFA?

Jan 7, 2018

don't waste your time on the CFA for IB in your case: this has been covered ad nauseum. 1 hour of networking is worth >10 hours of CFA study.
To answer your questions:
- try reaching out to small man shops (I'm not an expert here, but that's what I would do), and the larger places that operate in lower-MM space. They might be more interested in giving you a look, whereas the large places will require someone with prior experience.
- your answer for why not IB straight out of grad sucks: you need a more coherent thesis, like (plz improve on this) I didn't get the exposure from my school, started in the industry, now realize M&A is what i want
- willpower/dedication is perhaps too generic - try finding a really personal answer, and really connect during the informational chats.
IB is hyper-competitive: having an Econ degree is practically a pre-req, rather than a standout quality

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Jan 7, 2018

Certainly worth it to network and attempt to make the switch now. However, it'll be an upward battle and tons of people with a background like yours and 3-4 years experience end up in top business schools and make the switch that way. So something to consider.

Jan 7, 2018

Was going to post something similar to All Day. Yes you could make it into lower MM IB but why not begin studying for the GMAT and go to a top business school (would focus on West Coast if you want to work SF). It's too late to apply for the class that starts in Fall 2017 (you don't want to rush a round 3 application) but you have plenty of time to apply to round 1 for the class of 2020.
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If you go this route, you have a very good chance of starting as an associate at a BB or EB. A good B-school will also wipe out a poor undergrad GPA. Just note that you'll have to do relatively a bit better on your other parts of your essay--GMAT, recs, essays given your GPA.

It's a pretty easy story for an MBA to say you liked certain aspects of your corporate finance role, wanted to get involved in the M&A side, and went to B-school to make the swtich. People understand MBAs are career switchers---it's a lot harder as an analyst--and you end up in a pretty similar spot afterward

Jan 7, 2018

What firms are you looking at don't have online postings? Practically all large consulting firms have them and make people going through on campus recruiting apply on their websites too. Do you have access to job postings for your school's US campus?

Jan 7, 2018

Sorry for the late reply. When I look at job-postings for entry-level positions in main consulting firms its usually very specific positions in only a few locations. Maybe they have separate pages for new grads? I'll have a closer look. I have access to my university's US campus postings but not the ones designated specifically for business majors as the business department in Japan split from the US campus one a few years back.

I'm wondering how much success people have had through LinkedIn in this field through secondary connections or if there is some other channel to go through that I haven't considered.

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Jan 7, 2018

You can try WSO's resume service, mate. It's worth a shot.

Jan 7, 2018

Thank you. I'll look into it now.

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Jan 7, 2018

That's not a unique background at all. Actually, it is very common.

Jan 7, 2018

Oh, well that is news to me! Regardless, I am trying to feel out where I need to go to get my foot in the door. I have noticed Quasar Trading has a lot of positions open on www.daytraderjobs.com

Jan 7, 2018

i guess i should clarify, your background is unique if you are applying to trading jobs at daytraderjobs.com.

There are a lot of threads on this site that go over some good prop trading shops. I would recommend going to your universities career center website and search for "trader". If it is a top engineering school and I am sure some props recruit there. Find out which ones do, and apply to them. After that, try out linkedin.

Jan 7, 2018

What type of engineering?

Mechanical?

Chemical?

Environmental?

Have you looked at the big defense companies like Boeing and Lockheed M.?

Power and Money do not change men; they only unmask them

Jan 7, 2018

My degree is in Engineering Physics. My university was actually a more aviation based university, so they actually don't have many connections through the career services. Is there something wrong with daytraderjobs.com? Again, I'm not too familiar with what is/isn't a reliable site to look for opportunities.

And yes, I have been applying to a number of jobs with many of the big defense companies, but that's not exactly what I'm trying to do here.

Jan 7, 2018

Embry Riddle?

I would take the GRE, apply for a MSF or Financial Engineering degree. It is probably too late for this year to get into a shop that is worthwhile.

What you don't want to do is join a company like Quasar(I might be being presumptuous, but I am assuming it is a chop shop). Trade for 6 months, realize you hate it, make no money, get kicked out, and not make a single dime in salary or benefits.

Jan 7, 2018

Yes, it was through Embry-Riddle. I appreciate the input, protectedclass. Are there any schools that are particularly known for their Financial Engineering programs?

And That's part of the reason I posted here... because I don't know much about what's out there (like Quasar's reputation, etc.).

Jan 7, 2018

I have been seeing Jr. Quant positions all over Bloomberg-->JOBS, EfinancialCareers, and certain staffing companies.

Jan 7, 2018

I would shoot for a company that has a lot of government contracts --Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, or something more to the tune of Jacobs Engineering or GE. I would venture to say that these companies will have training programs and molds for you to fit into. I'm not too sure what your passion/focus is, but if it's engineering based -- then this is a good start.

Also, if you are applying to trader-type jobs, I would assume you have ambitions to become a trader? If so, I would probably go back and get my master's in a more finance-based specialty as mentioned above. This is a very common theme I see in IB where someone did engineering, got an MBA/Master's and then went into a finance-related field -- this is essentially how you break into the industry without a traditional background.

Jan 7, 2018

What have you been doing since graduation? If bizlaw is your desired trajectory, you might be better off doing one of the structured paralegal programs that some of the top law firms have.

Jan 7, 2018

Google edward jones...you seem the type

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Jan 7, 2018
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is that nice?

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Jan 7, 2018
happypantsmcgee:

Google edward jones...you seem the type

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Jan 7, 2018

I would start with this website ~2-3 years ago. Seriously behind the curve if you are interested in getting on Wall Street, as it takes prep throughout college to build a competitive resume. Unless of course you have some investment banking internships you are not tellings us about.

I really hope it did not take you a year of research to learn that about FA..

Jan 7, 2018

edward jones is pretty selective, right up there with mcdonalds.

Jan 7, 2018

PMed you.

Jan 7, 2018
beakerbeaker:

PMed you.

That's an interesting question. beakerbeaker if you have any pearls of wisdom please share them on the forum so we can all benefit from them.

Jan 7, 2018

Your indents are way too big. Also, resume should be 1 page. Generally it's not that bad, especially from your work experience. Perhaps your GPA/School resulting in no bites. Maybe share those stats here.

Jan 7, 2018

Thanks guys, thats another thing I forgot to mention. Razume messed up my resume when it was being uplodaded the indents are not that big and it does fit on to one page.

My Cum gpa is 3.2 and my major gpa is 3.3

My school is a CUNY

Jan 7, 2018

hmm, so your gpa is a tad bit low for target finance jobs, but given you've sent 400 resumes it's weird not to get a bite. whered you apply to?

Jan 7, 2018

Just about everywhere, BNY mellon, GE, JP Morgan, UBS, tons of smaller Asset Management companies, smaller boutique investment banks, smaller regional banks, Moody's, Fitch.

Just about every entry level postion on efinancecareers, indeed, and even sent emails to HR departments for firms that had no listed postions asking for internships

Just keep getting rejection letters for positions like
Jr. Credit Analyst
Entry level Fixed income analyst
Investment Analyst

I'm not even sure if finance is the field for me anymore because I can love it as much as I want but this is uber disheartning.

I've sent my resume to so many places,

Jan 7, 2018

Now Im thinking of trying coporate positions for F500 companies, financial analyst and business analyst basically a junior accountant.

I always wanted to work in a firm that dealt with financial products, but I might have to try F500 now.

Jan 7, 2018

Saw this late but let me try to help.

The first thing I would tell you is that sending out 400 resumes (or even 200) blindly is basically kililng your strategy.

Think of it like this: For someone sitting in a seat, if they were to apply for their same job at the same company doing an online app, they would have a 1/50 chance of getting an interview. Thats someone doing the same exact role, and they still only have a 2% chance of getting a bite using the black hole method. Your odds are more like 1/300 (or even worse). So despite all that effort spent online, you still have less than ~1% chance of getting a call back.

Lets be clear, most people know that FA work is highly sales oriented, so you are not going to get any looks simply by your experience. Being from a CUNY (far from a target), you should be spending 90% of your time networking and being aggresive. It just seems like everything youre doing is too passive. Sending 400 rezzy's, taking the CFA and the FRM?!

Stop being passive and hoping that things will fall into place, because they wont. You certainly have the ability so go out and hustle. Email people, get on the phone, grab a beer, send your resume. Rinse and repeat.

"Sounds to me like you guys a couple of bookies."

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Jan 7, 2018

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Jan 7, 2018

there is a big list of these consulting firms that can give you proper guidance how to get internship or a position in a consulting firm.

Jan 7, 2018

My intention isn't to be rude but if you're admittedly awkward, why would anyone put you in front of their client? Might want to explore something other than consulting. There a lot of awkward people but those who are mildly awkward likely aren't even aware. To have the self-awareness to call yourself awkward right off the bat makes me think you are more awkward than you may want to accept.

Jan 7, 2018

Maybe BO/MO positions?

Jan 7, 2018

Try to get into the TS/TAS group as an associate. Or better, try to get an offer elsewhere if you know now that you don't like audit.

Hey, how's your art career going?

Jan 7, 2018

People like audit?

Jan 7, 2018

Only masochists

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Jan 7, 2018

Thank you for the comments.

Yes, audit is pretty terrible, but FSO has me working on PE funds and looking over their valuations. As an intern, it's pretty fun.

There appears no way into TAS/TS without experience, and I don't have any. I'd have pay my dues in audit and switch in, which isn't the most appealing thought process. I seriously don't want to get pigeon holed into accounting, and that's what audit seems to do.

Jan 7, 2018

Study CFA on the side while in audit in order to not get pigeon holed as an accountant?

Jan 7, 2018

Still pretty competitive and extremely difficult for F500, especially if you don't go through OCR. Especially for Big 4 tech companies or blue chip companies like GE. many people who go through the likes of GE FMP or Microsoft FRP are of target school pedigree and forwent banking/consulting on purpose to do corpfin.

If you graduated from a non-target with avg GPA and are literally sitting at home unemployed now, frankly I'd take anything I can get to fill the unemployment gap.

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Jan 7, 2018

GE, Facebook, Amazon, Google, etc. probably are not realistic right now. I hate to say it, but you would have had a much better chance targeting those roles during OCR than having graduated and not having a job. Someone is going to look at your resume and think that you could not realistically plan "next steps", whether or not that is the case. Setting realistic expectations is a huge part of an FP&A role. Anything posted now is an experienced hire role and you won't qualify for them (they are not likely to budge on ANY expectations for a company like that).

What you CAN do now are two things:

  • Quickly register with colleges for SOMETHING and take another semester (even if you need to do it at the community college or an extension program). Whether it's accounting to make yourself CPA eligible, learning technology, studying ops management, any excuse for why you don't have a job now is better than nothing. Then participate in OCR with 2016 grads - keeping a realistic expectation of what types of roles you should target. When they ask WHY you didn't have a job at graduation, DO NOT go into mis-targeting roles. Something like "I didn't have enough units to be CPA eligible and wanted to make sure I was before working" is perfectly fine.
  • Take any FP&A job you can get at a mid-size company. If "big names" are your end goal, make sure it's a name people will recognize for one reason or another. Going from mom and pop shops to corporate giants is virtually impossible. It may not be a glamorous company that you go with; but something like a Billabong, SYSCO, Golden State Foods, Avery, Mattel, Ingram Micro, etc. would be something everyone has heard of and can open doors. Those also should be approachable now if the role is entry level and a good fit.

Good luck!

Jan 7, 2018

I'd contact alumni from your school directly if you come from a target. Although I don't know anything about the online process for people that have been in the work force for a while.

I want to work now! No, really. I want those 100+ hours/week.

Jan 7, 2018

Network, network, network.

Jan 7, 2018

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Jan 7, 2018

The guys above are absolutely right! Network and start cold-calling if you have to, remember:

"The squeaky wheel gets the grease"

Jan 7, 2018

first off, you need to learn all about banking.
"and an entry level job (either CRM or Analyst) at a boutique or IBank"

a boutique is a small firm, term is used in any industry. and you want to be an analyst, not a crm.

advice:

get the vault guide from your school for finance interviews and the ibanking one
get the merger and inquisitions guide and read it front to back

know everything about ibanking. then go look for interviews. find a list of firms in your area and always call. emailing doesnt do shit unless your an allstar on paper.

good luck and dont think you'll get this without hard work.

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"Those who say don't know, and those who know don't say."

Jan 7, 2018

define your "entry-level job in the finance industry"

Jan 7, 2018

If you've been in sales, you could easily get a financial representative job at a insurance firm. I have a few family members/friends that are in financial planning. They actually love their jobs too. Only downside is the pay isn't the best until you build you client base up. Also from the research i've done you could also probably get a position as a loan officer at a commercial bank.

Jan 7, 2018

yup, sounds like you are being used. Are you actually wanting to become a financial advisor? Is it a top-ish MBA program? Depending on what you want long term, maybe consider summer associate somewhere, besides your "friend"

Jan 7, 2018
jasper90:

yup, sounds like you are being used. Are you actually wanting to become a financial advisor? Is it a top-ish MBA program? Depending on what you want long term, maybe consider summer associate somewhere, besides your "friend"

No it is not a top tier MBA program. I'm not necessarily looking for the most competitive job position. I'm looking to get an entry level job in the area of Finance that will help start a career. I have the potential to live in Dallas (really anywhere in Texas), Nashville, and Washington DC area if that helps to give any perspective of where I'm looking. However, I wouldn't mind moving somewhere else for a job. I'm looking for an entry level job, so I was hoping some people here may have had past experiences or some advice they could share with me on getting my career started.

You recommend a summer associate, but graduate this December.

Jan 7, 2018

How did you manage to get an mba with little to no experience? Also, GE is pretty particular on not hiring entry level in fin/acct who have not already been working for at least 1-2 years in that field; Although I think this is more a preference and wont bar you from having a chance.

Jan 7, 2018
Higheck123:

How did you manage to get an mba with little to no experience? Also, GE is pretty particular on not hiring entry level in fin/acct who have not already been working for at least 1-2 years in that field; Although I think this is more a preference and wont bar you from having a chance.

There are many large colleges that don't require prior work experience to attend, though they are not top tier MBA programs, but they're fine. Reason for this is because I was 99.9% sure that once I left school to begin a career, I would never want to return to back to school. Additionally, it's likely that I will be self-employed 20 years down the road due to family business, so seeking a top tier MBA program was not important for me.

So you're saying that GE does not have a program targeted at newly grads with little to no experience?

Jan 7, 2018

Troll?

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Jan 7, 2018

Most banks will have wrapped up their FT and SA recruiting seasons by now.

Recruiting for FT occurs in the fall, usually from late August to October.

Jan 7, 2018
watdo:

Most banks will have wrapped up their FT and SA recruiting seasons by now.

Recruiting for FT occurs in the fall, usually from late August to October.

You are wrong.
He has already graduated. He doesn't qualify for full-time campus recruitment.

Jan 7, 2018
The Khan:

Hey everyone, i just recently graduated from pace university (not sure where that stands in terms of "target / non-target") and now the job search begins.

LOL, the job search should have begun in September/August...

What have you been doing since December?

I graduated in December as well, and I haven't stopped getting in touch with professionals/headhunters/recruiters.
I spoke with probably 50 ppl since December and have had a good number of interviews with BBs/MM companies.

You have wasted precious time, IMHO.

Companies are hiring for all kind of positions right now (there are not a lot of them but they are out there... don't forget, we are not in 2006 anymore).

Start networking if you want a job... if you have good experience as you say, how come you haven't found a job yet?

Jan 7, 2018

You're absolutely right. My search did initially begin in July but some things happened and I wasn't able to prioritize it as well as I should have so I am sort of behind. I am in touch with recruiters and they've told me that experience is too front office related to be able to land an entry level job and ill have to undersell myself in interviews. My experience is in research and a small IB but I want to break in to AM/HF, how do you go about getting in touch with professionals? From my knowledge head hunters don't as much effort into recruiting entry level candidates as they do for more experienced professionals.

-O.K.

Jan 7, 2018

enterprise rent a car is rated by Forbes as being one of the top 5 places to start a career in 2008

Jan 7, 2018

Enterprise is rated that because it allows you to eventually run your agency and can become quite profitable.

but define decent. i suggest you get in somewhere for a financial analyst position with a big name company. I don't know if they look at econ majors. but can you go back to work at the "crappy" hotel or ML?

if you can't get one there, get one with a mid size business or a small business and work ur way up to the big companies over time.

I doubt you'll have to work at the GAP, Starbucks or Subway, not that there is anything wrong with it in this market.

Make ur resume shine. I think that you have some good work experience working in accounting and at a big name securities firm. Its not as if u were pitching stocks from JT Marlin. There's a resume review service on this website and I think Mergers & Inquisitions offers a free service as well.

Try to look for companies near you. Most career services keep a Binder full of business cards of all people that came to recruit at the school. Grab the Binder and see if you can make contacts with people from any of these companies, do the same at career fairs. You still have a good amount of time to interview seeing as how you are still in school. I'm sure you'll find something good once you decided what you want before you graduate.

I'm making it up as I go along.

Jan 7, 2018

Thanks for the helpful response. I don't think there is any chance I will ever go back to the hotel, mainly because it was the most poorly run place and crappiest job ever. If I stayed at Merrill it would be doing financial advising, also something I don't really want to do.

How do b-schools view working at smaller companies? For instance if I applied to a top-25 school with a resume that had a place no one ever heard of would my application go right for the trash?

Thanks again.

Jan 7, 2018

Bank has a entry level analyst program. Base runs ~50-60 plus a small bonus. It ain't much but it's a job.

Jan 7, 2018

Well, from where i sit prop trading firms differ wildly between each other. so i imagine the relative difficulty of getting an entry position depends on the firms you are looking at. got any name?

Jan 7, 2018

I am looking at reputed market making firms like DRW, Optiver, SIG, etc and also firms like First NY for discretionary trading. Do you have any information on those ?

Thanks very much.

Jan 7, 2018

Def look at some boutiques. I have a friend who recently interviewed at Janney Montgomery Scott for a lateral hire position, so it looks like some places are looking to hire.

Jan 7, 2018

post a link to your resume

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Jan 7, 2018

You need an entry level analyst job

"I just want to be a monkey of average intelligence who wears a suit. I'll go to business school!"

Jan 7, 2018

according to your profile, you've already found one! congrats

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Jan 7, 2018

no... i havent found one rooster. i updated my profile

Jan 7, 2018

@guenter: it was a typo...

Jan 7, 2018

post resume

Jan 7, 2018

I just provided the link to my resume...thanks

Jan 7, 2018

my advice: get rid of 'community college' section and expand both the vc and middle mkt internship section. go more into detail about the vc transactions. its not be much, but i think i t will make a positive difference.

man made the money, money never made the man

Jan 7, 2018

actually, after taking a better look, there are a couple things i would fix:

*definitley expand on your transaction exp at your vc.

*in the 'certifications' section, put 'cfa level 1 candidate' and get rid of 'cfa level 1 candidate' under 'education'. also, get rid of the other certifications, theyre irrelevant for the jobs you are pursuing. ......on a saide note, can you put that you are a 'cfa level 1 candidate' on your resume? i dont think the cfa lets you do that, look into it.

*why no GPA? was it too low? youre still kind of a recent grad.

*why are 'computer skills' and 'languages' on the same line?

*generally, be more specific about your work and the results of your work. use lots of numbers. and hilight achievements that were a direct result of your work.

i just skimmed it, those are the things that stick out the most.

man made the money, money never made the man

Jan 7, 2018

yes i graduated last year but started working with the vc/vd firm before i graduated. i checked and i understand that as long as i am registered for the cfa exam, i can use it, but i must be registered - which i am. my cfa mention was originally under "certifiications" but i was advised to move it to education to make it more prominent and observable... i will certainly work on adding more detail about specific transactions and the results and taking out the irrelevant stuff... thanx much mr1234