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bunky
LSU Fan
Portland, Ore.
Member since Jul 2011
4492 posts

How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?

Just a poll to see how many places you applied before finally being accepted? Was it right away? What was your % acceptance rate?

Just wondering. TIA.


MSMHater
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Oct 2008
13869 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
6 months after finishing MBA/MHA, I had applied to probably 60-70 postions. 1 interview (got it).

Frustrating as hell!


jmtigers
Southern Miss Fan
1826.71 miles from USC
Member since Sep 2003
3790 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
It always amazes me how slow the process is at some places. You can accept a job and still be getting calls for interviews from other applications you put out months and months later. Very frustrating when those may of ended up in better offers.


TheHiddenFlask
Clemson Fan
The Welsh red light district
Member since Jul 2008
17797 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
I applied for over 200, interviewed for 15 or so.

One of the many reasons I have little pity for those who are "trying" to get a job. I finished grad school, studied for the CFA, and still put in 10x the effort as most unemployed do. Most successful people have faced similar trials.


BACONisMEATcandy
LSU Fan
Delta, Amex, & Über Threads
Member since Dec 2007
43107 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
1... Still here 3 years later and have gotten 3 raises and two promotions


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MSMHater
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Oct 2008
13869 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
quote:

TheHiddenFlask


quote:

studied for the CFA


Are you taking new clients? In Houston, right?


bunky
LSU Fan
Portland, Ore.
Member since Jul 2011
4492 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
I'm graduating with my Ph.D. in 6 months or so (not a worthless Ph.D., mind you - Chemistry), and its shaping up to be a long process.


TheHiddenFlask
Clemson Fan
The Welsh red light district
Member since Jul 2008
17797 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
quote:


Are you taking new clients?


I'm not sure what you mean. I'm not a financial advisor, if that's what you are thinking.

quote:

In Houston, right?


I've just been in Houston for a few months for work. I'll be in NOLA starting in January and who knows where else.

I'm not really sure why I keep a house. I should just rent a climate controlled storage unit.


MSMHater
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Oct 2008
13869 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
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I'm not a financial advisor, if that's what you are thinking


Was actually wondering if you could recommend any? I remembered you weren't an advisor, but thought you may know of someone.

No worries if not.


TheHiddenFlask
Clemson Fan
The Welsh red light district
Member since Jul 2008
17797 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
quote:

Was actually wondering if you could recommend any?


The only decent recommendation I could give you would be Steven Rife at Finadvisors.

I don't know much about the company but that guy was very much in tune with my financial views and pretty sharp, overall.

If you call him and tell him where you got the rec, he'll know it's me, and, worst case scenario, will help you find the right people.


MSMHater
LSU Fan
Houston
Member since Oct 2008
13869 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
Can you email me your real name to use as a reference? And thank you.

<-----------@gmail.com


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The Easter Bunny
Georgia Tech Fan
Member since Jan 2005
42636 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
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I'm graduating with my Ph.D. in 6 months or so (not a worthless Ph.D., mind you - Chemistry), and its shaping up to be a long process.


frick, I am finishing up my Ph.D. in chemistry around then, and have barely done anything to look for jobs other than talk to professors at conferences


bunky
LSU Fan
Portland, Ore.
Member since Jul 2011
4492 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
Don't fall for the postdoc pyramid scheme, dude. Go into industry.

ETA: Unless you have no papers, well then...sorry. You pretty much have to at that point, unless it's a big name postdoc.
This post was edited on 11/26 at 11:02 am


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Zach
LSU Fan
Member since May 2005
70679 posts
Online

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
None.
I was called on the phone and asked to apply.

After 26 years I was called on the phone by a competitor and asked to apply.


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NukemVol
Tennessee Fan
Member since Jan 2010
1547 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
I probably applied for 40 or so. Inteviewed for 5. 3 offers. 2 of them for different functions that I didn't really want. Small industry though, so a little less competition for fewer openings.
This post was edited on 11/26 at 11:50 am


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LSUtigerME
LSU Fan
Walker, LA
Member since Oct 2012
1271 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
Coming out of school, I applied solely through LSU's career fair (in Oct for May graduation). I probably applied and interviewed for 15 or so companies, prob had 12 offers. Most of the offers came within a week or two.


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Lou
LSU Fan
out here in the middle
Member since Aug 2005
6821 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
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Just a poll to see how many places you applied before finally being accepted?
I don't have the exact number, but I applied to a lot of places. After I graduated I didn't get a career type job for several years - although I was continuously looking. I was a bank teller, forklift driver, worked on a helpdesk, delivered pizzas - whatever I could do to make ends meet. I have a good job now though, so it was worth it.


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Jim Rockford
LSU Fan
Member since May 2011
42841 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
Every job I've ever had I was approached first by someone I already knew. Fortunate, because I'm not a people person at all and would be terrible in a cold interview with a stranger.


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jso0003
Auburn Fan
Birmingham/Atlanta
Member since Jun 2009
5168 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
My senior year probably applied for 40ish jobs, interviewed with 10+ of those companies, 3 offers....


Everyone I know who really went after finding a job had a good one when they graduated... Opposite is true for those who half assed it.


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Chris Farley
Maryland Fan
Regulating
Member since Sep 2009
3844 posts

re: How many positions did you apply for before being hired on?
Applied to somewhere between 75 and 100. Had a handful of interviews and 3 offers. I got the offer in March and started in August 2011 after graduating. Hoping to stay at the company at least a couple more years and pass a couple levels of CFA before I go out fishing again.


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