Happy Wednesday folks, glad to see how many inbounds we’ve been getting from various folks evaluating their careers and thinking through PE Recruiting… if this is something that you’re thinking about, we highly recommend you reaching out and connecting with one of our Top Coaches. The reason that we’ve been ramping up on a lot of recruiting news, content, videos, etc. right now is because of all the active Buyside interviewing happening right now. We literally hear from our Mentees about offers almost every.single.day.
IT STILL ISN’T LATE TO REQUEST A MOCK INTERVIEW before your SUPER DAY — especially for case studies which is the toughest part of these interviews!
Credit Suisse set to pay bonuses for some dealmakers in three installments
The latest move has irked associates and vice presidents contacted by Financial News, who also pointed to severely reduced payments
It’s never been a better time to think about leaving your investment bank!
Headhunter chats, modeling and case study practice, deal walkthroughs – there are tons of resources out there to help prepare for the Buyside recruiting interview process. However, a less talked about and extremely underrated tool in this process is networking with your target firms directly. This can help you break into interview processes and secure offers even if you don’t have a very wide network in finance – all you need is a willingness to get creative and put in some extra effort.
- Look for commonalities — Look for people you have something in common with – same high school, college, IB group, or even just a mutual friend. This is not a necessity but does increase the chances of the investment professional wanting to help you.
- Subject line — Pick an email subject line that grabs your reader’s attention and communicates what you’re looking for at the same time.
- Brevity — Keep your outreaches as concise as you can. Investment professionals are often hard pressed for time and long outreaches tend to get sorted to the “later” bucket.
- Introduce yourself clearly — State who you are and what you are looking for from this outreach very clearly.
- Personalize your outreach – Make your outreach extremely thoughtful and specific to the person you are targeting. For example, instead of the generic “I was impressed by your career path and want to learn more about your experience at XYZ firm”, use something like “I really admire the way you helped build out XYZ firm’s European office and your high-conviction contrarian bets like [insert investments]”. This requires some research but significantly increases the odds of a response.
- Establish credibility — Demonstrate your credibility and why you’re worth paying attention to. It could be working at a top IB group, having a prior relevant Buyside / extracurricular experience or even a blog where you’ve pinned down your thoughts on industry/company trends relevant to the sectors they cover.
- Add value — This is, by far, the most differentiating thing you can do to make investment professionals take serious notice. You can start adding value for them (or show potential to) before they’ve even offered you an interview. For example, you can send them quick investment pitches, suggest add-on opportunities, and even offer an introduction to a friend working at one of these firms. Taking it a step further, you could help one of their portfolio companies with issues ranging from recruiting to web development. Chris Sacca, the famed venture investor, gives an example of how a 15-year-old did exactly that here and secured an internship at Lowercase Capital.
- Balance between quality and quantity – Maintain a balance between sending out a sufficiently large number of outreaches to your target firms but also putting in enough time, thought, and effort into outreaches at the firms you really care about.
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