What was the #1 factor in getting your current/upcoming finance-related job or internship?

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Networking through colleague/boss/friend/alumni
24% (107 votes)
Cold Networking
9% (41 votes)
In-house promotion / lateral / transfer
0% (2 votes)
Past internship lead to job offer with same firm
4% (19 votes)
Resume
8% (35 votes)
Interview skills
14% (60 votes)
Advanced academic degree (MBA, MSF, or similar)
2% (9 votes)
Advanced certification (CFA, or similar)
2% (8 votes)
Grades / test scores
2% (8 votes)
Luck
7% (30 votes)
Kissed a lot of ass
3% (14 votes)
School I currently attend, or attended in the past
4% (17 votes)
Nepotism
5% (21 votes)
Recruited (by firm directly or a recruiter)
4% (17 votes)
Lied / cheated
2% (7 votes)
N/A I don't have a finance job/internship now, nor upcoming for the future
10% (45 votes)
Total votes: 440

Comments (13)

Oct 16, 2012

luck

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Oct 18, 2012

I noticed that networking, kissing ass, and nepotism are all on this list. Seems awfully redundant to me.

Oct 18, 2012

Combination of luck and..... well I guess just luck.

Oct 18, 2012
obscenity:

I noticed that networking, kissing ass, and nepotism are all on this list. Seems awfully redundant to me.

thought it would be more fun to break them down separately

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Oct 20, 2012

I am going to be a senior next fall. I need to secure an internship as soon as possible. The thing is I have been looking everywhere, but my GPA is just under a 3.0 and am afraid I won't even be given a chance once they know my GPA. Has anyone been in this position and what should I do?

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Oct 22, 2012

Is that your overall GPA, or major? If your major GPA is significantly higher, emhpasize that. Also, There's a million posts on what to do with a low GPA, so I'm assuming your research skills are on par with your GPA.

Oct 27, 2012

yup, cold call every firm in your area....literally, every firm. Takes time and patience, and probably a few of them will want to meet and give you advice w/o actually having a position open,but this is just the beginning of your networking. Stay in contact with them and they may refer you to other people. I got a PE internship, even though my undergrad was construction lol (which i regret and hated)

Oct 30, 2012
reformed:

luck

i'd say about 99.99% of why i got my job was due to this

Oct 30, 2012
traps:

I am going to be a senior next fall. I need to secure an internship as soon as possible. The thing is I have been looking everywhere, but my GPA is just under a 3.0 and am afraid I won't even be given a chance once they know my GPA. Has anyone been in this position and what should I do?

since my GPA was subpar I didn't include it on my resume. if/when people asked I told the truth. i had a pretty decent mix of interviews where they either asked or didn't. i tried to spin it the best i possibly could.

Oct 30, 2012
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