One of the principles that I tell my friends when they ask me how to get a hedge fund job is thus: There are two ways to become a hedge fund analyst: 1. Get lucky or 2. Use your network. Now, you may be asking: Why would I be reading this blog if those were the only two ways to get a hedge fund job. Or better yet: Why would this nut job be writing about a topic that is effectively worthless?
First of all, I am going to show you a few ways to really work your network (no matter how small you may think it be) and two, I am going to show you how to improve your chances dramatically. We are counting cards here folks. As I have told many of you, if we posted an analyst job right now, we would receive well over 100 resumes. A day. For two weeks. No joke.
How do you distinguish yourself from the herd? Well. You are going to offer value. How? That is the point of this blog. I am going to show you exactly what you need to do and know when it comes to priming the pump that is the hiring instinct of hedge funds. Now again, I would rather not use blanket statements. There are some funds that really are the luck of the draw. That being said, none of these techniques I am going to post about will hurt you. As a matter of fact, they will help you immensely. Plus, even if you do not get the job, you will be regarded as a person that offers value. People, of all careers, like those kind of people.
In the next post, I am going to talk to the reader about how to get your foot in the door when you have no network or contacts to speak of. We will explore that concept for the next few weeks and from there expand our circle to encompass more avenues on getting hedge fund jobs.

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