Long time reader, I have only posted several times. I am here to share my success. I just landed a S&T role at a( ,MS, ).
My background: Small, private, non-target finance grad with a 3.2 GPA. My university only places did an equity research internship for a boutique shop.
I know many on this site discourage cold emails, however, all my success has come from this strategy. Granted, I have a concise/unique 3-4 sentence intro that very few people have (retired professional baseball player).
The big day:
I have been meeting Director/MD's at most of the BB's over the last two months for(80% through cold emails, 20% friend of a friend). One Director of Prime Brokerage at ( /CS/Bar) really liked me and gave me emails of his at other BB's and told me to put his name in the email subject. I emailed one of his friends at the eventual firm I am hired at. I met with him and he laid out what he does. He explains that part of his job is to keep a talent pool of qualified candidates for their Hedge Fund clients. He thinks I am aiming for a buyside gig. I express to him that I really want to do S&T. One because I am very interested in it, and two because I do not have the experience to Analyst.
After I express this, he says "I'm pretty sure we have an opening here, let me go see if I can get someone from the desk"... He comes back with an Associate, then a Director, next a VP, then the MD, and then another Associate. When I first met with the PB guy, he told the receptionist that we will be in the conference room for 30 minutes. After the last interview, I had been there for four hours. Now it is a waiting game, I am in the conference room for fifteen minutes by myself. I had an offer at a tech company that exploded at 5pm that day, and they knew this. After 15-20 minutes the MD comes back in; at this point I am feeling pretty confident that the job is mine. After we talk for a minute or two I ask him what I should do about the Tech job, he says, don't take that job, and I asked why, and he said because I am going to hire you!
Stay persistent, and stay passionate about what you are doing, you never know when your break is going to come. They say luck looks a lot like hard work. I agree, but I would add that being proactive and expressing hunger also brings more luck than you can imagine.
Thanks for all the advice over the past year; it made a significant difference.
Last but not least, never underestimate the opportunity of an.
*Wrote this up very fast, sorry for typos