by Matt Owen
by Matt Owen
by Matt Owen
Your “home” has become a family members couch.
Your possessions have been reduced to a laptop and a suitcase of clothes.
As for a paycheck, your next paycheck is based on whatever odd jobs you can find.
Not exactly the American Dream, huh?
This is the exact situation I found myself in following a career ending injury in 2007 that took me from the AFL (Arena Football League) to my sister’s couch.
Broke, broken and confused, I had no idea what was in store for me next and no idea what I was supposed to do with my life.
It’s a strange place to find yourself. You’ve worked hard, made sacrifices and have finally achieved your dream. There’s really no words to describe the joy and satisfaction that comes with accomplishing something like that, but the reality is that goals are like anything else in life – temporary.
Anything, and I mean anything can be taken from us in a moments notice. It doesn’t matter what it is – a car, a relationship, a loved one or even a career . Everything we “own” is on the table – that was the first thing I had to accept.
My second realization was that even though I would never play professional football again, I still possessed the characteristics of a professional athlete. Things like discipline, competitiveness and hustle don’t just disappear due to outside forces. Our character can only be surrendered and I had no intentions of putting up the white flag.
Finding the leverage Points
Every situation is going to have its unique benefits, you just have to find them and exploit them. No matter how bad it it may be, your perception of the situation is all that really matters.
The depression started to fade the moment I embraced the understanding that I would no longer be playing Pro football. Instead of saying to myself, “This is a bummer, my life is over. I didn’t get my college degree and I have no back up plan.” I shifted my message to: ”I’m so grateful that I had the opportunity to play professional football and achieve my childhood dream. I’m so happy I walked away with a broken wrist and didn’t break my neck or have any serious brain injuries. I’m so excited about all of the possibilities open to me now that I have all of this free time.”
There’s always something to gain from any unfortunate situation – an ally that can assist you. For me, that ally became the isolation that my injury created.
Even though I had no money, I was rich with time. – Read the rest of the Forbes Article
Been using this site for a while now and figured it would be beneficial for me to give back a bit. For starters, I thought I would detail my experiences using linkedin and cold emails to land a summer offer.
– I first decided to set aside a huge chunk of time to look up possible contacts.
– Hours upon hours I searched the web/linkedin/google/etc
Where to begin…
Create an excel sheet / access table / word document and start writing down every bank, consulting firm, investment firm you know of or wouldn’t mind working for. I wrote down most BB and MM banks since IBD was target. After your list is complete, I went through my list and would type “School Name + Firm Name + LinkedIn” into google. Coming from a semi-target I would only get a handful or so people, which was manageable. I would then change my college to my high school in the search (or hometown, etc). I would open each person’s page and figure out if they were relevant to my job search and if we had any “small world” type connections to talk about if we ever spoke. I kept track of everyone and eventually had a list of 200 hundred people at 50 or so banks. If you feel uncomfortable about these individuals seeing that you viewed their profile make yourself invisible in the settings or disable cookies and if you click on the linkedin in google you will not be signed in.
Also, I joined as many relevant groups on linkedin as I could, and would spend the time to go through the entire members list.
With my list complete, I used WSO to find the correct email formats for these people and after finding each individuals email, I began my cold emailing. I created a very generic email that all I needed to do was change the firm’s name and the division I was interested in (IBD/S&T/PE/IM/Consulting/etc/). For example…
Dear Mr./Mrs. XXXXXXX (even if they graduated last year – always show respect),
Please allow me to introduce myself. My name is XXXXXXX, a junior finance major at XXXXX and have developed an interest in XXXXXXXX. I was wondering if you had some time to speak on the phone within the next few weeks to discuss your experiences in XXXXXXX and any suggestions you may have as I approach this year’s recruiting season. I have attached my resume for context and look forward to speaking with you soon.
I would sometimes make it a little more customized if they were some BSD, but also made sure to include my resume to show them that I was worth their time.
I received a 50% response rate — More tips and complete article