by Girl Banker
Above all else, building a cache of contacts helps your career in direct and indirect ways. Five pointers on networking:
1. Attend networking events and aim to leave with about two business cards.
Don’t stretch yourself thin by trying to meet with everyone; it’s much more useful to have a proper conversation with two people than ten superficial conversations. The two people you connect with are more likely to remember you later on.
2. Look engaged when you're talking to people
Maintain eye contact, don’t keep on looking away and don’t check your phone – not even once.
3. Go to local recruitment events.
If you manage to find out the names of any speakers in advance, do some research on them so that you can ask very specific questions, based on the speaker’s own experience of the industry.
4. If you don’t have business cards, get some made, even if you are still in university.
I did this and found them handy in creating an impression. Let’s face it, it’s very unlikely that the investment bankers that you give your card to will actually call you. However, you will look like a real keeno if you have cards when most of your peers do not. Vistaprint produces good quality affordable cards.
5. Join any professional organizations or societies related to investment banking.
You will probably find some in your local careers magazines or on careers websites.
You might also be interested in: networking part 2.
I created my investment banking blog in 2012 as soon as I resigned from i-banking & published my book, To Become An Investment Banker.
Initially published at girlbanker.com, all posts were later subsumed into my personal website under katsonga.com/GirlBanker.
With 7 years of front office i-banking experience from Goldman Sachs and HSBC, in both classic IBD (corporate finance) and Derivatives (DCM / FICC), the aim of GirlBanker.com was to make it as straight-forward as possible to get into a top tier investment bank.
I'm also a CFA survivor having passed all three levels on the first attempt within 18 months - the shortest time possible.