Five years ago, I could easily name over 20 people on Wall Street I could call up and ask a favor from.
Two years later, only two people from that original group remained in finance.
You might think that since I started my own investment firm anyway, it didn’t matter – after all, you don’t really need contacts if you’re not looking for a job, right?
Nothing could be further from the truth.
You need to network for the long-haul no matter what your role is, what you’re doing, and what all your friends are doing.
And yet – whether you’re breaking into the industry now or you’ve already gotten in – you might be thinking, “Once I land my offer, I’m set! No more networking.”
Here’s why that’s wrong, and what to do about it:
How to Network Your Way Into Finance as a Female – Without Getting Hit On or Getting In Your Own Way
There shouldn’t have to be a separate article on networking for women.
Women who want to work in finance need to develop their stories, cold call, and be diligent in following up – just like men who want to break in.
But women still encounter gender-related obstacles on their path to breaking into finance – some of which you can prepare for and work your way through, and others which may require arming yourself to defend against crazy male bankers.
Internship recruiting is over.
And you made a valiant effort, securing 10 interviews with everyone from boutiques to bulge bracket banks – but you didn’t land the offer.
And now you only have a few months before your non-existent summer internship begins.
With recruiting finished, your last, best chance of breaking in is to cold call your way into Wall Street.
But will that even work?
Should you bother going all-out and calling hundreds of firms?
And if you do take the leap, how do you cold call your way in successfully without getting slapped with a restraining order for being too aggressive?