Most unbelievable way to land a job in your field

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Okay....location: west coast top 40 non target. I've heard from more than 3 people that... a staff working in one of the university's departments slept her way up (and the position is not that fancy) She also slept with quite a few students. Didn't get the chance to know her name though.

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Dec 31, 1969

Instead of waiting outside the office asking people as they are trying to get to work if they randomly have a job for you, cold email everyone. Offer up that you'd do an unpaid internship to gain experience and knowledge. That's more likely to get you an 'in' than just saying hey, do you have a job opening?

Dec 31, 1969
Skinnayyy:

Instead of waiting outside the office asking people as they are trying to get to work if they randomly have a job for you, cold email everyone. Offer up that you'd do an unpaid internship to gain experience and knowledge. That's more likely to get you an 'in' than just saying hey, do you have a job opening?

While cold emailing might be a good idea, i feel like emails can easily be overlooked/ignored while a personal meeting might have more impact assuming they don't pretend you're not there. But am i totally wrong about the potential in asking if they need help, there might just be a huge workload that day?
Anyway, thanks for the much appreciated advice.

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Dec 31, 1969

People will offer you stories where in rare instances they or their friends landed internships by showing up to someone's office uninvited. However, in the vast majority of instances this will backfire. Example, a guy once showed up to my office and lied to security about why he was there (he name dropped and our assistant let him up to our lobby). Assistant called me to the front and when I asked him what he wanted he had a poorly planned pitch and asked for a job. While I acknowkedged the effort/persistence I also recognized that I would not want to hire someone who was so completely unaware of normal social/business norms. I can only imagine what type of stuff that kid would have pulled at golf events or closing dinners. I would advise against it. Warm intros are the best way in (other than traditional recruiting) even if it is a distant connection. Reach out to alum, family, friends etc. be pro active and persistent but don't be THAT guy.

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Dec 31, 1969

Please don't wait outside their office, either you get rejected horribly or maybe they take you in for an interview as the creepy kid waiting outside. Just Google places you're interested in and cold call them, much easier and a lot less effort.

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Dec 31, 1969

Where in Sweden?

Dec 31, 1969

SSE?

Dec 31, 1969

Are IB/PE/VC/HF jobs posted regularly on Monster or Careerbuilder ?. I usually use:

Doostang
LinkedIn
efinancialcareers.com
Albourne village
ventureloop.com
School Website

I don't know if applying through the company website is effective. Most times, I doubt anyone even looks at the resumes sent through there.

My advice: if there's a few companies you really want to work for, get in touch with Alumni and talk to them. Ask them intelligent questions about the company and industry overall. If there are no alums that work at a firm you're targeting, try cold calling the firm along with sending an email.

If you have work experience (internship or full time), don't forget to network with former colleagues, they can be a useful resource.

I'll post more ideas as I think of them.

Dec 31, 1969

any reason you have a phone number as your username?

how about you tell us what you have been doing, your stats, background, etc., and we can help from there.

Dec 31, 1969

I think you should start by sending him a letter with your resume. Overnight it if you want to get crazy.

Dec 31, 1969

I'd send him your cv with a cover letter stating why you would fit well for the job. Gifts would be weird and like you're trying to bribe him (and quite possibly against company policy) and saying you would work for free debases your value. If you want to be crazy drop it at the office and ask the front desk if you could personally hand it to him but I'm not really sure how I'd feel about it if someone did that to me. It could seem ambitious or it could seem weird. Honestly, I'm not sure how I'd feel.

In any case, you get the job based on your skills, experience and how well you sell them in person. Not cigars, not clothes, not flamboyant acts (and I don't mean that in a gay way). Look for third parties you may have in common for referrals. Concentrate on these and being persistent in following up.

Dec 31, 1969
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