How to get a regular job

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so i know for banking you have to network ur balls off to get a first round, but what about fortune 500 companies for financial analyst roles?

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Sep 26, 2017

You might be better off to ask this in the corporate finance forum. But if you "network ur balls off," you won't not get a job...

Sep 26, 2017

the only issue is, i'm not sure how to even network for regular jobs. Like I'm not sure who I should even reach out to. For banks, its pretty obvious since my school sends kids to banks, but for fortune 500 companies, there are less alumni there

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Sep 26, 2017

Fuck alumni then. Find people on linkedin that work at the company you want to work at and then it's either find out their email address or send them a linkedin message. Be the badass that they want to hire and the connections will come. Not everyone is going to respond to you so don't get discouraged. Hit the fucking reset button and send out those emails.

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Sep 26, 2017

i dont understand the question... you know you have to network for banking so wouldn't it make sense that networking would help land an f500 gig?

theres less competition but also probably less people in each class

just do the same reaching out to alum's (there might be less because there are so many varied companies), and know that the schedule for applications is october -> december for most rather than the early banking recruitment

if you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful

Sep 26, 2017

it's a bit different because for banking, my school has recruiting teams at the banks, so it's pretty clear who I need to network with.

However, if I want to work at, say coca cola corporate finance, i'm not really sure who I should even talk to because I have no idea how recruiting works, and i don't know if talking to some analyst would even be helpful b/c they might have absolutely 0 say

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Sep 26, 2017

If you don't know who the person for F500 is then just network with the department you are interested in? Safe to assume you are aiming for FDP/finance roles? I would network with financial analysts/managers and during your informational meeting, ask them who the right person is and to connect them with you.

Sep 26, 2017

with your example:

find people who work at coca cola in finance, talk with them for 15-30 minutes on the phone and ask for how to best position yourself etc etc and they'll probably refer you to HR or someone who can help

the higher the person is at the company, the more influence they have on HR/your application generally

from my experience, analysts help a lot because they can refer you to their managers/other people inside the company who probably don't have your school connection

if you want to succeed as bad as you want to breathe, then you'll be successful

Sep 26, 2017

I mean dude, you're gonna get to a point in life where there isn't a dedicated path to a career. It's pretty simple what you need to do. Find someone with a career you like on LinkedIn, find out what their email is, introduce yourself and ask to take them out for coffee or speak over the phone. See if they'd be open to mentoring you and go from there.

Sep 27, 2017

F500 type firms usually seem a bit more open to make a coffee appointment through HR from what I have heard (from people at my uni). Get the number of the right recruiter from their careers website, say you would love to learn more about the firm and whether it is possible to speak with someone who is currently in a graduate program/traineeship can definitely work at these firms!

Sep 27, 2017

If it's for a rotational program, then you shouldn't have a hard time finding people that are currently in the program via LinkedIn. If looking for a regular financial analyst role, echo the sentiments above, would also recommend on campus recruiting, as that's how I landed a full time financial analyst role (non-rotational) at a F200 company.

Sep 27, 2017

If you're looking for a formal FLDP program then the recruiting is actually fairly similar to banking. The company will be at their target schools for presentations, job fairs, networking events and interviews. Note that their targets are often different than banking targets. My previous F500 had a very good FLDP program and their targets were Illinois, Indiana, Miami of Ohio and Notre Dame. We did have 1-2 a year who networked in from outside of those schools.

For non-fldps ("normal jobs") some F500s will come on campus, usually to local schools, but I'd just look on their website for jobs. They often just post what's available. Pretty much all companies have pretty good career pages by now.

TLDR - its pretty much what you'd expect. Network for anyone on campus, internet for everyone else.

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Sep 27, 2017

I am a Former F50 FDLP Finance analyst. Most of my interviews came from on campus recruiting. However, I received interviews from some large companies by simply applying on their websites. I had solid internship experience at this point and a good GPA so I believe that got my resume a real look. No need to network like IB at all. Its a totally different world for these types of jobs.

Luckily I was able to make the jump to IB. That kind of work was not for me.

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Sep 27, 2017

hahaha "regular job" lmaooo

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