Searching for relevant hedge fund jobs is like a perpetual scavenger hunt, especially compared to the college days of investment banking or consulting recruiting. We no longer have a career office that streamlines the application and interview process for us. Now we are out on our own in the wild, hunting for the best buy side opportunities among a mish-mash of career sites.
The hedge fund job opportunities that you’ve seen typically come from recruiters’ outreach to potential candidates. However, the vast majority of hedge fund jobs are still found by candidates proactively searching through online job postings, which is particularly effective when combined with email networking to establish the personal connection. It’s never a good strategy to sit on one’s feet and hope recruiters come to you, which makes proactive searching on job boards a key to your recruiting success.
If you are still in graduate school or college, its career site is still the best source of buy side jobs. Not because of the quantity listed, but because you have a direct connection to network with alums at these firms through emails and calls. Some schools also have partnerships with peer institutions that allow inter-campus career site access. HBS and Stanford GSB for example, give students at peer business schools access to their career sites for a 6-months period for a fee of $60.
If you are an alum of a school with a sizable career site, make sure you have access. Get further out of the tuition you’ve paid, and make your school’s career resource a gift that keeps on giving.
Don’t end there. Outside your school career site, it’s important to visit the following job portals on a weekly (if not daily) basis. The buy side is a fragmented industry with thousands of mid to small sized funds, of which the majority don’t have the time resource to post on every school career site out there. They much prefer general career portals for far better reach.
The challenge is to find quality, relevant job postings efficiently among the sea of career sites out there. I’ve searched through a lot of job boards throughout the 10 years in the industry, and here are the 7 best sources that I’ve found the most helpful in providing quality buy side job postings. These resources will save significant time for your hedge fund or long-only search.
2. Local CFA Society
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