Sunday, May 8, 2011

A success story

We worked with a talented individual who was trying to land a full time position at an investment bank, without having worked in finance in his previous summers. The candidate faced several obstacles:
  • no personal connections
  • no finance experience of any kind before recruiting
  • no connections through school
We helped the candidate craft a strong resume and stellar story--which were instrumental to helping this candidate land many first round interviews. Yet with no advancement to final rounds, and full time recruiting ending, the candidate did not have an offer in hand.

Continue reading to see how this candidate started the resume process early, remained level-headed, and pursued unconventional methods to overcome the odds.

Your critiquing team started the entire investment banking recruiting process for me last summer, and I would not have been able to achieve this without your service. Thank you so much for your help.

It has been quite the journey and one hell of an experience. I screwed up the few front-office interviews I did manage to get…things were looking very bleak. I was very pissed off and disappointed at myself after October went by without an offer. If I learned anything from my failures, it is to always hustle and to stay humble. I definitely lost sight of that and took many opportunities for granted. I decided to take some time off to reevaluate and didn’t try to recruit again seriously until early March.

This time around, I stepped up my networking game and began meeting random strangers in investment banking. If there was an email on the firm website, I’d send an email. If I saw someone interesting on LinkedIn, I’d add him. If I couldn’t get them to meet in person, I would try to get them on the phone. Probably ended up speaking with at least 20 professionals.

The position I landed all started through a cold-email to an MD and things just evolved from there. Three weeks later, I was signed.

This was an incredibly well-deserved accomplishment. Congratulations!

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