The Infamous Incoming Analyst Post but make it Real Estate

As many people know, for IB and consulting, it has become increasingly common for people to post something on LinkedIn when they accept a summer internship thanking people who have helped them along the way. I have heard mixed reviews on what more senior people think about it and I'm curious in particular what folks in real estate have to say about it. Some other incoming interns at the firm I'm working at have posted but I'd prefer not to look like a total douche if it'll be perceived that way.

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Dec 3, 2019

My advice--don't be that guy. Just update your experience on your profile but no need to make a whole post about it. I cringe when I see that stuff on my feed.

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Dec 3, 2019

agreed, a post is a lottt.

Dec 3, 2019

the chutzpah it takes to add a pic of them outside the office too lmao

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Dec 5, 2019

I couldn't agree more and I'm in undergrad right now. I understand adding "Incoming SA...." whatever but making an entire damn post and thanking the absolute most random people on earth is so pointless. Literally no one gives a fuck besides maybe your parents at best cringe

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Dec 3, 2019

I feel like it's unnecessary and can be too cringey. The people who helped know who they are, you can thank them in person.

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Dec 3, 2019

I personally find it dumb. But, the younger people entering the workforce now (ie intern age) are alllll over social media, and putting this on LinkedIn is the easiest humble brag they can find, but also just another day in the life of sharing your whole life online. Also wondering if middle aged (55-65ish) are suckers for giving those posts likes....these days everyone my parents age are just as obsessed with SM and checking-in/posting about their kids accomplishments as the 21 year olds are

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Dec 3, 2019

Even more looked down upon in RE. If your associates are worth anything, they will troll the fuck out of every analyst who did this or the "Incoming whatever" headline stuff. Work there a day, update your linkdin. Not a risk worth taking, plus everyone outside of RE will likely have no idea what the firm is anyway.

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Dec 4, 2019

The senior people won't see it because they're only on LinkedIn when they need to get background on someone they're about to talk to.

Everyone else will think you're a tool. Update your position and move on.

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Funniest
Dec 4, 2019

LinkedIn is now like ESPNU on national signing day- ppl committing to bring their talents to a BB

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Dec 4, 2019

Humbled to announce that next year, I will be taking my excel talents to Rich Uncle's.

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Dec 4, 2019

I chuckled. You're on the right path, champ.

Dec 4, 2019

If you want to thank people who have helped you along the way, write them a handwritten note, or at the very least an email. That's a much better way to show gratitude vs a generic LinkedIn post that they may / may not see.

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Dec 4, 2019

totally agree with you instead of blasting on linkedin !!!

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Dec 4, 2019

I think a post is ok but you don't have to act like you won a Nobel Prize...that is where is gets cringey to me. Thanking your parents and 3 recruiters and all that. Just terrible.

A simple post saying "Happy to share that ive accepted an internship with XXXX this summer" and that's it. I respect that way more.

Dec 4, 2019

It's still incredibly unnecessary

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Dec 4, 2019

But how will people from my hometown know that i am better than them?

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Dec 7, 2019

Waiting for Nobel Laureates' humble brag posts

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Dec 4, 2019

Just do it. People will respect you less if you don't.

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Dec 5, 2019

great username

not great advice

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Dec 5, 2019

I figured if one person in this thread said it was okay, every person in undergrad who read this thread would see all the "No don't do it" comments and defer to my one "Just do it" because it validated what they wanted to do in the first place.

Chess not checkers :)

With that said, I'm blessed and humbled to announce that after months of only having a couple of MS, I now have the honor to have 5 MS. I'd like to thank everyone who took the time to hit the button. Coming from a non-target, I had to fight tooth and nail to have the opportunity to be put in a position to give bad advice. To my mentors, thanks for helping mold me into the type of person who gives bad advice for the fun of it. I'm proud to be a millenial

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Dec 4, 2019

Humble bragging posts are so irritating. I noticed nowadays people are even posting pictures alongside their accomplishments, like when did this become like a fb post.

As someones comment said, the few people that really helped you out reach out to them personally. A hand written letter would be so thoughtful, but an email would be just as fine. Plus no need to let the whole world know. Personally I find it best to work there for a few weeks or even months before updating where you work. That way you have no evil eye before you even become.

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Dec 4, 2019

Even worse when people humble brag about getting a Big 4 audit internship, everyone can get one of those lol.

Dec 4, 2019

Idk how there recruiting process is, probably not as competitive as a front office or mid office finance, but im not to informed to know. the worst is humble bragging about a two day diversity event and captioning it as life changing lmao

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Dec 6, 2019

Plus its not actually humble. Its pretty ostentatious. Updating it is just that simple.

Dec 4, 2019

Every time I see someone post one of those long "incoming summer analyst" posts on LinkedIn, I cringe and immediately block the person. If you want to post something like that on Facebook, that's fine... LinkedIn is not the place for it. I think it's a generational thing...

Be proud of your achievements and accomplishments, but keep the extensive narrative to your personal social media accounts - rather than an open professional network.

Also... congratulations! :)

Dec 4, 2019

unpopular opinion - exactly no one wants to read theses posts but you.

family - you should already be calling your parents, you can brag to them via phone/in person, word will spread

friends - when you see them, you can update them, or maybe a little "new job who dis" in the group chat is fine

recruiters - update your experience without announcing it, they'll find you if you fit what they need

coworkers - they all secretly hate you for this

customers/clients - they care more about your output than your title

so if you're wondering "what is appropriate to brag about on LinkedIn?" the answer is nothing. don't do it, ever. yes, even if you made Forbes 30 under 30, don't do it. put it in your profile, people will see the update, they'll see Forbes, and find you that way.

you got a job/internship, you didn't cure ALS. congratulations, have a beer. now shut up and continue bettering yourself

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Dec 4, 2019

Only case where it's okay to humble brag: Being in the 30 Under 30 for curing ALS

Dec 5, 2019

if you actually did this you wouldn't need to brag. that's exactly my point.

don't brag, it's narcissistic, let your accomplishments do the talking

Dec 4, 2019
thebrofessor:

unpopular opinion - exactly no one wants to read theses posts but you.

family - you should already be calling your parents, you can brag to them via phone/in person, word will spread

friends - when you see them, you can update them, or maybe a little "new job who dis" in the group chat is fine

recruiters - update your experience without announcing it, they'll find you if you fit what they need

coworkers - they all secretly hate you for this

customers/clients - they care more about your output than your title

so if you're wondering "what is appropriate to brag about on LinkedIn?" the answer is nothing. don't do it, ever. yes, even if you made Forbes 30 under 30, don't do it. put it in your profile, people will see the update, they'll see Forbes, and find you that way.

you got a job/internship, you didn't cure ALS. congratulations, have a beer. now shut up and continue bettering yourself

That's not an unpopular opinion. It's a fact. A widely agreed upon fact as well. Similar to the fact that the Earth is round. Not everyone agrees, but there are some fringe lunatics out there.

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Dec 6, 2019

If I remember correctly, don't people nominate themselves to the Forbes 30 under 30? I don't ever look at those lists, but when I did it seemed like it was just people circlejerking themselves over their startups for more promotion. Nearly every single person I've seen on LinkedIn that was in 30 under 30 has it plastered everywhere on their profile in the most tryhard and douchey way possible. Could be totally wrong, though.

Dec 6, 2019

your assertion that being named to one of these things turns into a circle jerk in the interviews is correct, my point is this: making a Forbes/Barrons/FT list usually means you've accomplished something worthwhile, but that doesn't mean you should brag about it. yes, you can nominate yourself, I've seen it both ways (Forbes seeks self-nominations, or they seek input from major firms and you're nominated by management). in both cases, applicants go through a rigorous interview process so there is some selectivity though.

don't let the few douchers who are shameless self promoters let you think that the entire list is bad. answering your question, I don't think you're totally wrong, but you're not totally right either.

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Dec 4, 2019

I'm an INCOMING INTERN ON WSO. RESPECT.

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Dec 4, 2019

Lol I hate those people who have the setting where it informs everyone of your connections of a new postition. This jackass I knew in high school did that when got into Barclays.

Dec 4, 2019

In his defence, that's the default settings. You have to manually turn the automatic updates off.

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Dec 4, 2019

Also, there's the "CEO at XYZ." a lot of people put, while they are still attending college.

If you were a legit CEO you would drop out

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Dec 4, 2019

"CEO, CFO, & COO of Startup"

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Dec 5, 2019

I absolutely can not stand those kids who give themselves inflated titles of their "company" when they have 2 likes on their fb page and no working website

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Dec 5, 2019

I actually had a intern ask me about it and I told him if he gets an offer don't be that guy who makes that post. It even more embarrassing to see the "incoming analyst" job title at "XYZ" bank but once they graduate they end up working some accounting job somewhere else lol.

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Dec 5, 2019

Incoming Doushebag

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Dec 6, 2019
NYYCRE:

Incoming Doushebag

Douchebag*

plz fix

Dec 5, 2019

It is simply retarded.

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Dec 6, 2019

If I could get a offer licking boots clean in the back office and I wasn't allowed to share it on Linkedin id take it.

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Dec 6, 2019

Echoing the above comments - I think it's incredibly tacky and this process needs to stop. I get that you're all excited that you got an offer and you want to let everyone know but ... it just gives off this really douchey vibe.

At my bank the interns hardly do anything. Nothing technical really. Not much modeling. Seniors have made a push to include them on more deals so they get better experience but culture is hard to change. But with this knowledge in the back of my mind ... you're out broadcasting that you got an offer and in reality you're going to be a data entry grunt worker for 10 weeks and never really do anything ... get over yourselves.

The worst versions of these are when people make this post and proceed to include a photo album with modeling shots standing in front of their new office to be ... what is this Instagram? Wow. I really hope this trend goes away but sadly I think it's going to become increasingly common.

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Dec 6, 2019

Had some friends do this because, sadly, it is the norm now. I am of the opinion that there is no real need to update your LinkedIn until you are starting the job/internship. I know that I am not updating my title until working a day first. No one knows what might happen over the next few months. There are no guarantees that you will be there in the summer. You don't work somewhere until you have actually worked there.

Dec 6, 2019

It's unprofessional behavior to outright brag like that . Anyone can see straight through the classic "humility verbiage" that is written, even prospective bank tellers. It also makes those of lesser talent feel bad or even resentment. Good way to get the BO people in your firm to think you are an arrogant jerk. And don't do it in other social media unless you have it on private. Amazes me how many college kids have extremely unprofessional FB/IG profiles that are public. Recruiters can (and do) look at those too you know.

Dec 6, 2019

Who cares? Nerds get excited when they get a job and update it. A single google search would show several forums where the consensus is to not do this. I can't believe this stupid topic made the number 1. This website has become more of a gossip form for condescension and pedigree obsession, than about actual finance and new ideas of what to do within the industry.

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Dec 9, 2019

Finance has been and always will be at least 50% prestige/elitism. Finance isn't some math formula or some computer code.

Dec 6, 2019

As a hiring manager in Consulting I absolutely cringe when I see this stuff.

It seems to be something that took off a few years ago.

Don't do it.

LinkedIn is meant for networking. No one wants to network with some brown-nose incoming "insert pleb-level title here"

It also makes you look smug.

Also as a follow-up and GENERAL RULE.

DO NOT CHANGE YOUR LINKEDIN TO "New Role at Company XYZ" BEFORE YOU actually start working there.

I've seen people change their titles when they've received a verbal offer and then something goes wrong in between signing and receiving the verbal offer and they end up changing it back... this makes you look desperate and so fucking stupid.

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Dec 6, 2019

Make sure to add the people who interviewed you on linkedin before you make your post. That way you're able to tag them in your post. They'll appreciate the clout.

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