How tf do I network

Yo what's up fellow wallstreet OASISers I'm coming from down south and currently at a community college (obviously looking to transfer, lol) currently I got a 3.8 and I'm in the honors program at my school, looking to get into Phi Theta Kappa & I have some basic extra currics like lifting, daytrading, MMA.

Question is, while I'm not at a target yet, and you know, worst case scenario I don't get into one, I need to start networking ASAP right?

How do I go about doing that, especially down south

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  • HFT
  •  Sep 8, 2018

LinkedIn can be a part of the networking strategy. As when you put in your location, credentials, LinkedIn suggests people from similar fields and location, so you can send out some connection requests and get a start.
There are pretty high level people out on LinkedIn, willing to talk.
Best of Luck.

Sep 8, 2018

Talk to your career center at the school where you land and see if they know graduates you can talk to. Also, check to see if there are alum from the community college who made it that route, they would most likely be willing to talk to you. Same with your high school.

Use LinkedIn. Start by looking at family/friends and then start looking at friends of friends and who can/is willing to make introductions.

Third, use a "cold call" system, find people who are doing the work you want, connect with them, ask for a phone call/meeting and see if they are willing to talk. Then get your resume in front of them, see if they have open positions.

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Sep 8, 2018
ironman32:

Talk to your career center at the school where you land and see if they know graduates you can talk to. Also, check to see if there are alum from the community college who made it that route, they would most likely be willing to talk to you. Same with your high school.

Use LinkedIn. Start by looking at family/friends and then start looking at friends of friends and who can/is willing to make introductions.

Third, use a "cold call" system, find people who are doing the work you want, connect with them, ask for a phone call/meeting and see if they are willing to talk. Then get your resume in front of them, see if they have open positions.

Exactly this.

Use LinkedIn only to find people to contact. Don't use LinkedIn to actually reach out. Figure out their WORK email address (by Googling) and reaching out that way.

Butter them up, say that you admire their career path/accomplishments, etc. etc. and get them talking about themselves.

P.S. You should be networking whether or not you're at a target. It's not an either-or situation.

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Sep 10, 2018

Just out of curiosity, what is the rationale for not reaching out directly on LinkedIn, or using their personal email address listed on LinkedIn?

I have found a high success rate by using the personal email address, as it often avoids the clutter of a work email inbox.

Sep 8, 2018

What if I literally have 0 connections? My dad is in security and my mom works in marketing, and our entire family is either white trash hicksville living out of trailer parks or live in a completely different country entirely. Where do I begin?

Also, how would I begin the exchange? Just email and saying "Hey [First Name], I'm a college freshman from ___ College where you studied, I was wondering if you could give me some pointers on how to get where you're at currently?" I don't have anything currently to put on a resume which I thought was expected at this stage.

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Sep 8, 2018

Don't worry about how many connections you have and no one will ask you about your "trash" family. I did the same think for ER, when I started out I knew zero people in ER. Do you think the person you're contacting thinks you know half of the street? Don't worry about it, just be able to spin everything positive. And butter them up as mentioned.

Also, it's trial and error. Go with what you think is best, and if it doesn't work just keep switching til you find something that works best. Think about what kind of message/email you would reply to. Also, realize it might take a while. Don't give up after 2 days of sending 10 emails; fail forward. Too many people give up because they don't realized the time commitment that something takes to get good at something.

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Sep 8, 2018

Not sure if mentioning day trading is a good strategy. Usually associated with idiots.

  • HFT
  •  Sep 8, 2018

No so, if you aa track record of consistent profitability with a clear strategy. It will show intelligence that way, as they made money in a tough job.

Sep 8, 2018

The fact that you think it shows intelligence proves my point

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Sep 8, 2018

Honestly, it is more of a hobby. Day trading is nothing like what they teach you in school or anything. It's not valuing companies or looking at FCFs or Dividend Yields or anything like that.

I wasn't going to mention day trading other than putting it on a transfer app to another school if it came up tbh, it's just what originally got me interested in the markets. The reason I mentioned it here was to show that I'm not completely fucking clueless, I know what a call option is at the very least.

Both you and HFT are correct though, I have met some smart people that trade, and I have met people that don't know what a PE Ratio that just happen to also be successful traders.

Sep 8, 2018

Are you going to be networking with alumni at the school you're transferring to? Probably a good idea to get a start on that. Will you be transferring in as a Junior?

Sep 8, 2018

So yeah, I mean that would make the most sense I think. I don't know how many people from my CC are even interested in finance, nevermind investment banking, nevermind how many actually get into a school that sends anyone to investment banking, nevermind how many actually get in.

I don't know who will accept me yet obviously, but we'll see, y'know.

Hoping to transfer as a sophomore but it will most likely be junior year sadly as sophomore transferring is pretty difficult unless I wanna retake my standardized tests

Sep 10, 2018

If you don't transfer in as a freshman its already too late given how early 2020 SA recruiting is kicking off

Edit: Give me all the MS you want but I was being serious, 2020 SA has already begun at some banks

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Sep 12, 2018

check out the book and podcast "the Two Hour Job Search"
tons of good stuff in there

Sep 12, 2018

Use your mouth

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