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Investment Banking Networking: The Definitive Guide

Investment banking networking: it’s tough to find a topic that spawns more cynicism, skepticism, and outright hatred on the Internet. Depending on the source, networking is either the most essential part of the job search… …or a giant waste of time in which students spend countless hours attending information sessions standing around crowded bankers, unable […]
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How to Get into Investment Banking (Updated For 2019)

So, you want to know how to get into investment banking… …despite the fact that: It’s a much less “prestigious” field than it used to be; It no longer pays a huge premium to other career options, such as engineering jobs at big tech companies; and The recruiting process is now hyper-accelerated and crazy. It’s […]
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The Top 4 Mistakes Students Make with Networking Emails – and How to Fix Them and Double Your Response Rate

What’s the biggest difference between an MBA and an undergrad? “Work experience” or “age” might immediately come to mind. Or, perhaps, “level of polish” or “presentation skills.” And if you’re more cynical, “amount of student debt” might also be up there. But how can you distinguish an MBA from an undergraduate at a glance? There’s […]
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How to Write More Effective Networking Emails That Will Double Your Response Rate in 15 Minutes or Less

What’s your greatest weakness? I’m not talking about the BS answer you give in an interview (‘I work too hard!’). I mean your actual greatest weakness. You might be thinking of weaknesses like “Well, I’m sort of disorganized… and sometimes I lose motivation … and sometimes I’m not good at delegating tasks.” All of those […]
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How to Network at Events and Information Sessions When You’re Not Feeling Sociable

Silence. Awkwardness. A loss for words. You just went to an exciting event at a great venue – The Rainbow Room at Rockefeller Center – and you were certain you’d do incredibly well networking there. You even wore your best set of clothes. But as soon as you arrived, you felt uncomfortable and you had no […]
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Investment Banking Spring Weeks: The Single Best Way to Break Into the Finance Industry in the UK?

One of the scariest emails I receive starts like this: “I’m a middle school / elementary school student, and I really want to do investment banking….” First off, no, you do NOT want to do investment banking if you’re 10 years old, sorry. You haven’t even hit puberty yet, so how could you possibly be […]
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From Private Equity Internship to Bulge Bracket Investment Banking: How to Cold Email Like a Pro and Win the Offer

You would think that after 5+ years of covering networking tactics across hundreds of articles, videos, and even a full-fledged course on networking, there would be nothing left to say about it. But you’d be wrong. I was skeptical when our interviewee today contacted me and offered to share the story of how he went […]
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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 – […]
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The Complete Guide to Cold Calling Your Way Into Investment Banking

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 […]
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Weekend Trips: The Best Way to Break Into Investment Banking?

And no, I’m not referring to weekend ski trips, a 3-day gambling spree in Monaco, or your feeble attempt to ask your MD for a vacation 2 months after you started. These are the weekend trips where you travel to financial centers, meet dozens of bankers in a short period of time, and apply the […]
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How to Use Investment Banking Informational Interviews to Break In

I’ve referenced informational interviews many times, but have never given a step-by-step tutorial – or even said what exactly an informational interview is. So let’s change that. There’s more detail within Breaking Into Wall Street, but I wanted to put this guide out there to answer the most common questions on informational interviews – and […]
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How to Turn Cold Calls Warm, Follow-Up and Avoid Awkward Alumni Conversations

Ok, Kevin and I received a ton of great questions from everyone over the past few weeks on networking. We finally had a chance to sit down and record this Q&A session the other day. One small problem: it turned out to be so long that we split it up into two parts (I know, […]
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How to Break Out of “Harold & Kumar” Mode and Use Investment Banking Information Sessions to Break Into the Industry

“Uh, this is actually a two-part question. I’m applying for a summer internship at Brewster Keegan, and I was wondering: a) what it’s like being an investment banker and b) if you would write me a recommendation.” -Kenneth, Harold & Kumar Go to White Castle If you’ve been to any investment banking information sessions lately, […]
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