Hi im looking to change paths and pursue IB, im working as a financial analyst at a big retail company right now and im working on acquiring my SIE. Just wondering if anyone has advice as to how to get IB firms to respond fo my applications and score more interviews. Or maybe even another path i could take like equity research and hopefully build experience to get into IB. I did not go to top school, i attended a state school and got a BA in Economics. Also I dont have any deal experience.

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Mention in your CV your interest to enter the IB world, and point out how your previous work can help you get there. For example, in experience, point out the things and skills you have than can also apply to IB. There is material on how to prep for an IB interview online. Connect via linkedin with analysts in firms you would like to work and call them asking for advice, etc (this shows a lot of motivation). Stay up to date with current affairs and deals (I recommend subscribing to execsum’s daily newsletter and morningbrew). Best of luck!

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Working under pressure, organizing and managing multiple tasks, that you are good with customers/clients, reporting to top mngmt (if any apply to you), and interests in corporate finance. Try using metrics to prove your collaboration in different projects (e.g, helped with the strategy of xx which reduced costs in yy). Glad to help if u need anything else

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You can try FDD. A lot of people transition from FDD to IB.

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Yes

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No certs will help u as much as pure ne
Working and outreach on LinkedIn

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Get your CFA!

CFA isn’t related at all to IB it doesn’t help. You’re significantly better off reading BIWS and networking

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