While In NYC
When you first get to New York City the
experience may be a little daunting. Even if you've spent a lot of time in large cities of
the world, Manhattan takes some getting used to. In a nutshell, ignore the brochure people
and weirdoes, don't pay $30 for a meal, use the subway, nothing is free, don't look up,
walk fast and confident, and don't take crap from anyone. Focus on your purpose and you
will do fine.
You must take advantage of your time while you
are in New York. Fax out to recruiters in NYC as many resumes as you can during the first
two days of your trip. (See the New York fax
cover letter). Then continue your calling and contact cycles with renewed vigor. You
should take interviews anytime during the week you are in New York. You basically just
want to call them and say, "I'm here and ready, could I interview or just meet with
you?" to emphasize that you really want the job. In fact, offer to the recruiters to
be flexible enough to schedule interviews for your next trip if it is obvious that they do
not have any time now (if you can afford another trip).
If the recruiter for an investment bank is not there when you call then try calling back
later on or on the next day. Leave your name and number with the recruiter's secretary.
Just say that you are "trying to schedule an interview time for this week". Just
after explaining your purpose, say "I'll try back later". A secretary will
sometimes try to discourage you from calling back if
he/she finds out that the recruiter did not initiate contact first. Just brush this off as
part of the game and always be polite.
Do not settle for "we'll call you". This stems from an absolutely
crucial strategy in your whole job process. You must maintain
control of the whole process until the investment bank has interviewed you
at least once. Look at it this way, you've spent way too much time, money, and sweat, at
this point, and traveled too far to be stopped this easily. In fact, the great majority of
people search for jobs without controlling the process. Just think about how easy it
is for a recruiter to ignore a paper resume in front them as compared to trying to ignore
you while you are writing, calling, and even traveling to the city to be ready to
interview whenever possible. Exploit their curiosity as to why you would come so far to
kick their door down.
USING YOUR TIME
You might spend a lot of time waiting between
rounds of calling recruiters and interviewing. Capitalize on this downtime by
familiarizing yourself with the city (especially the Financial District and Midtown),
(Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Financial Times,
etc.), reading information from annual reports and news articles about the investment
banks you are calling, catching up on your homework for the University, and visiting a few
Try to utilize every situation you have while in New York and avoid wasting time. It's
Gatekeepers really do exist in New York
investment banks. Buildings have security guards with gated-access areas, receptionists,
etc. Regional investment banks tend to have less restricted access. It may be possible to
try to visit a regional investment bank, but don't waste your time visiting a New York
investment bank until you have an appointment. Just keep calling and mailing!