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What to Expect in Your Equity Sales Internship at a Bulge-Bracket Bank in New York

Back when we had nothing about sales on this site, I always used to give the same excuse: “Well, sales and trading are pretty similar… just take a look at all those articles on ‘sales & trading (S&T).’” But that wasn’t a great excuse because sales internships and trading internships can be quite different – […]
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How to Win a Sales & Trading Internship in Hong Kong from a Non-Target School – Without Even Being from Asia

One region where it’s notoriously difficult to win internship and full-time offers is Hong Kong. Not only are you competing with approximately half the population of mainland China (they’re even more obsessed with finance), you’re also up against candidates from other East Asian countries, plus plenty of people studying in the US, UK, and other […]
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Sales & Trading Interview Domination, Part 2: Markets, Brainteasers, and Mental Math

This is a guest post from a reader who broke into Sales & Trading (S&T) coming from a non-target school. In Part 5 of this series, you’ll learn all about sales & trading interviews and how to answer the technical and markets-based questions, pitch stocks and investment ideas, and yes, even calculate the square root of 58 […]
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Sales & Trading Interviews, Part 1: How to Dominate the “Fit” Questions

This is a guest post from a reader who broke into Sales & Trading (S&T) coming from a non-target school. In Part 4 of this series, you’ll learn all about sales & trading interviews and how to tell your story and answer “fit” questions. “Are you available for a phone interview on Tuesday next week?” It […]
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The Perfect Sales & Trading Resume Template?

This is a guest post from a reader who broke into Sales & Trading (S&T) coming from a non-target school. In Part 3 of this series, you’ll learn all about how to write sales & trading resumes and how to use them to win interviews and offers. I still remember the beginning of my freshman […]
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Sales & Trading Networking: 3 Success Stories from a Non-Target School and What You Can Learn from Them

This is a guest post from a reader who broke into Sales & Trading (S&T) coming from a non-target school. In Part 2 of this series, you’ll learn all about sales & trading networking and how to use it to win interviews and offers.  Pop quiz: which of the following is most important for breaking into sales […]
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The Non-Target School Sales & Trading Recruiting Process: How it Works from Beginning to End

This is a guest post from a reader who broke into Sales & Trading (S&T) coming from a non-target school. In Part 1 of this series, you’ll get an overview of the entire process and what you need to break in.  If you make it into sales & trading coming from a non-target school, congratulations: […]
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From Visa-Less Foreigner in the UK to the FICC Trading Desk at a Top Bulge Bracket Bank: How to Make the Leap

It’s already tough enough to break into finance coming from any background, but what about when you’re a foreigner, you don’t have a work visa, and your school is unknown? Oh, and you’re set on going to a bulge bracket bank. As Aleksey Vayner might say, “Impossible is Nothing” – a bad idea for his […]
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From Middle-Office Operations to Front-Office Sales & Trading: How One Reader Made the Leap and How You Can Do It Too

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of the back office. Much of the work is mundane, and it doesn’t give you many options: advancing is difficult and breaking into front-office roles is even harder. Or is it? While it might be difficult to get into investment banking front-office roles, it’s easier if you’re […]
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Sales & Trading vs. Investment Banking, Part 1 – Recruiting

“So, how much food do traders eat?” “Can you really make $10 million instantly if you’re a star trader?” “Can I write about my gambling addiction and how much money I made with poker on my trading resume?” You’re about to learn the answers to all of those and more, in this 2-part podcast series […]
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