Hey again WSO,
I'm not sure many of you will remember me but I posted this thread (//www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/feels-like-i%E2%80%...) back in November '12. I can't even begin to believe it's been over 6 months.
Anyway as an update, I'm still unemployed but have started receiving federal unemployment. I finally asked for some help from my dad at the beginning of the year because the living situation with my mom had pushed me to the brink (severely depressed living with a severely depressed, bad news). I have since moved into his girlfriends townhome.
Since moving here, I've gotten back into the gym and used fitness as my crutch to stave off my anxiety. Of the 40 lbs I gained in 2012, I've lost 35 of them (shout out to any misc bros here) in the past 4 months. Pretty excited to start my bulk in a few months.
Anyways, I haven't fought off all my anxiety. I don't take any medication (no insurance, so I guess it doesn't matter), but I've been telling myself for the past few months that I would start pounding the pavement and get to cold calling. But realistically I've just been frozen in my own mind. I've tried to keep the thought alive that I could still reach my goal to break in as an IB analyst at a mm or boutique, but the reality is it would be extremely unlikely.
So just as I did to motivate myself with lifting and to keep myself accountable, I've decided to keep a cold calling log on these forums. I hope that's ok by Patrick and the mods, and I wasn't sure where to put it.
So for the past few months I have been studying my finance self study stuff, remembering what I did at my job and how to frame it, and thinking over good cold call tactics and scripts... It's not like I haven't done anything (like I did for most of last year), it just I've been frozen with fear. Well, with this log I hope that to be no more.
I'm planning on targeting 3 areas for companies:
1) Chicago - I live here, but don't want to.
2) Houston - I have real good experience in energy
3) San Fransisco/LA - Tech/gaming has always been my #1 interest, just not sure where it would fit in professionally.
I want to stay in finance in some capacity, though I could do business development again. I'm guessing most of the titles will be something related to "Financial Analyst", though if anyone has any ideas let me know. Going to focus on start up companies and smaller companies' finance departments. I'll also probably put together a small list of IB boutiques focusing on project finance/energy, and still try to realize my goal, but limit it to a small number.
If anyone would like to connect on linkedin or take a look at my resume to give me some ideas, let me know via PM, I'd definitely appreciate it. Also would be game for, if anyone is willing. I don't want to be detective'd by anyone, I'm just trying to get my life moving, so if any brazen internet trolls would please spare me I would very much appreciate it.
Tomorrow my goal is to make 10 cold calls, I'm not entirely sure to who yet, but I will let you know tomorrow. I'm using doostang and efinancialcareers to get some ideas (have an excel together already). I'll do like I did a few years back when I first start pursuing IB, and use linkedin to find the names of whoever I can starting from the top. Always go to the decision maker first... then start calling!
Here's a potential opening script (if I were to call for IB boutique):
My name is (redacted), did I catch you at a good time?
----Yeah blah blah what's up?
Well (name), I'll be brief. I'm calling because I want to help you out. I want to work for you as an analyst. You need a talented guy that can work 100 hours a week for the next 2 years, and I want to save you time and make you money. So, what do you think?
Looking over that, it's not great, but it's short and to the point. I tell them what I can offer, and it leaves it open to interpretation. I'm confident but not cocky. I obviously need to adjust for less.... ambitious roles that don't require as many hours, but that can be easily done. Funny thing is, the opening started at like 45 seconds of talking time based on the size, and I finally widdled it away down to what you see there. Thoughts?
Anyways, today is Day 0. Tomorrow is Day 1. The goal for tomorrow is simply 10 cold calls, that's not too outrageous and it starts the ball rolling. I'm going to log my progress in this thread and by Day 60 I want to have a job. Lets do this, WSO!