Thursday, February 22, 2007

Rejections and Midterms

Okay, it's been awhile. Here's an update.

I have been in the midst of midterms, so I have been unable to keep this blog updated as much as I would like.

First, I have received two rejections: one from ThinkEquity partners and one from Tristone Capital. Both have been for positions in an equity research capacity. My internship at FMI has been exciting and has provided me with many opportunities to display my skills and talents. As such, my resume is constantly being updated and I have been putting time into making these changes on the recruiting sites for many of the banks to which I have applied.

My trip to NYC last weekend never materialized, but it may be for the better: I had a huge presentation on Tuesday. Recently, I have begun speaking with my superiors at FMI about positions which may be available to me at the firm. I am keeping all of my options open at this point. I have also been pursuing several leads here in Denver. Come June, I don't want to leave myself hanging with no job in NYC or Denver.

Most of my work on my career search has been directed towards contacts through friends, family, and school. This has been an enjoyable learning experience.

Obviously it would be very nice to have a bit more success with my current search. However, I am not discouraged and am continuing on, putting in as much effort as I can possibly muster.

Thursday, February 1, 2007

Interviews/Letters/NYC Trip

This morning I had an interview with the Capital Markets group of an IB in Denver. It went very well. The two guys that interviewed me were friendly and professional. I enjoyed it and, like the Janus interview, I wasn't nervous. This interview taught me that I need to prep some more for each interview. Particularly, I need to have someone ask me the usual generic questions and have me answer them in a way that is focused to the firm with which I am interviewing. My main goal for next time needs to be to make my answers more concise and to the point. I felt that my answers in this interview were vague and lacked focus. I know I can do better and I will next time.

I did not get card from my interviewers because they do not have them yet (the CMG is just starting up). However, I did email a thank you letter that also reinforced several points I made during the interview. Now's the waiting game to see when I get contact from them.

Tomorrow, I have what DU calls a "mock interview." This is a process that brings in real recruiters and HR types and they actually interview you for a job. At the end of the process, you are then critiqued on your performance. I am excited about the opportunity to receive immediate feedback on my performance, but I will be ticked if they aren't brutally honest.

Earlier this week I was forwarded a job posting for a rather well known IB and Equity Research group in NYC. I sent in a cover letter and resume on Tuesday night. As of yet, I have heard nothing. Within the posting itself, it stated that the Analysts under whom I would be working travel very often. I therefore plan to call the firm on Monday if I do not hear from them prior to then.

I spoke with another professor earlier this week and was able to get another handful of DU contacts in NYC. I just finished drafting emails to all of them and will reread them later this evening prior to sending them off.

I am tentatively planning a trip to NYC on February 15th through the 17th. As soon as I have an interview lined up for then, I am buying the tickets.

Sunday, January 28, 2007


Sorry Folks, I have been very busy with my internship and school. I haven't kept up as much as I would have liked to with this blog.

Here's the update:

I am still awaiting any word from Janus. I know that they are currently interviewing many people for the position for which I have applied. Many of them go to my school.

Over the last couple of weeks, I have made some headway working with my professors. I have contacted a handful of DU alums in NYC. This has given me limited success, but has helped me be more strategic in my job search. Particularly, I am widening my job search to include research firms as well as several other types of jobs in order to allow me to transfer into IB down the road.

I had the opportunity last week to sit down with a Senior MD of a very large firm. It was an excellent opportunity to learn more about the field, particularly LBO's, and get some interesting insights.

Next week I have an interview with an oil & gas investment bank for a position in their capital markets group. I am somewhat nervous about this position and do not know what to expect in the interview. Hopefully I can sit down with some of my professors or the Associates and Directors at my internship to get some guidance.

I am following up on each and every lead I receive, but am often slow responding due to the demands of school and my internship. This week I am refocusing my search and have made it a goal to apply to at least one job and contact at least one person every day. I'll let you know how it goes.

Thank you to everyone who has been contacting me with recommendations and advice. I also appreciate those of you who email me with questions about my search and for advice. Please forgive me if I am slow responding to your emails.

From here on out, I will post at least once a week, and will shoot for twice. I will do my best to keep this blog updated with all of my recent applications. However, I am not disclosing anyone with whom I am networking.

Today, I collected a whole slew of jobs to which I will apply this week. The only one I applied to today was one at Value Line.

Saturday, January 13, 2007


Last night I received a case to complete for my application to Janus. I have to read a conference call transcript and complete a 15 year DCF model on a company. This is going to take a lot of work.

I also just applied to some positions at BBVA. They had an advertisement in the Thursday edition of Financial Times which stated that they are looking for entry level finance graduates for investment banking positions. Investment banking, and all the positions advertised in the Financial Times advertisement are strangely lacking from the BBVA website. We'll see if they send me any more information via email.

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Janus Call Back

I got another call from the HR woman at Janus. I left an "excellent impression" on the Analysts I met. Next Thursday I will be receiving an email that contains a case that must be completed and returned by the following Monday. Hopefully someone on has some information about these cases.

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Deutsche Bank, Ireland, and Smart Money Magazine

I just got declined by Deutsche Bank for a full time analyst position in the US. While I am not surprised, it still is never fun to get a rejection.

A recruiter from New York contacted me and has presented me with one of the most promising leads for working overseas which I have received. She is Irish and assists Americans get jobs and work visas in Ireland. I am updating my resume and following up today.

Smart Money Magazine contacted me regarding this blog and I had a phone interview on the 20th. Today I received a phone call from a fact-checker from the magazine and will be included in an article about blogs in the March issue. I don't believe they will be including the URL for this blog, but the title will be included, and as I said in a previous post, Google is working exceedingly well when searching for this site.