Doostang Success — A Job Offer from the First Position I Applied to

Dina
New York University, 2009
Marketing and Compliance Assistant at Fifth Avenue Financial

“I had graduated from a top school and always imagined that finding a great job when I graduated would be fairly easy. However, with the job market as it has been and my old job being at a dead end, it was not so simple and I didn’t know where to even start looking for a new opportunity.

I then joined Doostang and was instantly pleased with the decision I had made. I found opportunities that were a great fit for me and would probably not have found anywhere else. Its easy-to-use format to keep track of recent searches, as well as the ability to bookmark jobs, made my search simple and almost stress-free.

Although I applied to several jobs, I just received a job offer last week for the first position I applied to upon becoming a member of the site.

I would highly recommend Doostang to anyone who needs some assistance in the quest for a great job opportunity.”


Here’s a small sample of the exceptional jobs you’ll find on Doostang:

Equity Research Analyst – Institutional Equity Management Boutique, New York, NY
Consultant – Premier, Global Strategy Consulting Firm, New York, NY
1st Year Associate – Premier Boutique Investment Bank, Los Angeles, CA
Healthcare Analyst – Global Healthcare Market, Norwood, MA
Entry Level Consultant – Premier Global Consulting Firm, Houston, TX

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Happy Job Searching!

The Doostang Team

Doostang News July 5: Give Yourself a Break – How to Avoid Work on Vacation

Financial Analyst, New York, NY
Business Development Professional, Multiple Locations
Venture Capital Associate, San Francisco, CA
Market Research Analyst, Cincinnati, OH
Pre-MBA Analyst, New York, NY

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Summer break is finally upon the hordes of schoolchildren and college co-eds.  Hooray for them, right?  Meanwhile, you’re still stuck in the office June through August, missing out on hot, lazy weekdays and prime pool hours.  So when your precious vacation is finally upon you, what are the first things you check to make sure you have?  If you’re like the majority of modern men and women, you’re probably carrying on board a laptop and cell phone that your coworkers can reach you on.  Americans have a penchant for working on vacation, when it’s all things “work” that they’re trying to leave behind.  Here’s some friendly advice for leaving the office for a couple glorious weeks each year:

Delegate Tasks to Others

In the days and weeks leading up to your time off, start making notes of important details, deadlines, and contact information so that you can easily pass off your responsibilities to someone else while you are away.  Start familiarizing those people with the tasks that will be left to them so that the whole office can function smoothly in your absence.

Plan around Busy Periods

If you know you are always busy around a certain time of year, make sure to plan your vacation well in advance of this time or a little ways beyond it.  Similarly, if you have a big deadline to meet, make sure your vacation won’t coincide with it.  A vacation is meant to be stress-free, so don’t travel at a time when your presence in the office is vital.

Set Limits for Yourself

If you absolutely must do work while away, set a reasonable schedule for yourself and stick to it.  Don’t leave all of your contact information while away for the entire office, but instead, leave an emergency phone number for one or two people in case it is imperative that they get ahold of you.  Allot half an hour each day to think about work, and let your coworkers know that you will check in with them instead of having them get in touch with you in a way that interferes with your time off.

You work hard year round…so when you finally get some time off, enjoy yourself.  It’s important that life back at the office doesn’t spiral out of control while you’re away, but it’s equally important that you get some relaxing downtime so that you don’t have a meltdown and complicate office matters on your own.

Bon voyage!

The Doostang Team

Doostang New Jobs This Week: June 28 – July 4

top-jobsDoostang has thousands of highly sought after positions at companies like Google, Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts, Summit Partners, Time Warner, Facebook, and more. Looking to get ahead in your job search? Be the first to apply to these exceptional NEW jobs just posted on Doostang.


Investment Banking Analysts & Associates, New York, NY Successful investment bank specializing in M&A seeks Investment Banking − Analysts and Associates.


International Sales Representative, International – Leading international media company seeks an International Sales Representative.


Investment Banking Intern, New York, NY – Successful investment bank specializing in M&A seeks Investment Banking Intern.


Market Research Analyst, Stamford, CT – World’s consulting giant seeks Market Research Analyst.


P&L Analyst, Jersey City, NJ – Largest independent administrator of Hedge Funds seeks P&L Analyst.


Vice President, New York, NY – Top Global Research-Based Consultancy seeks Vice President.


Operations Analyst, Jersey City, NJ – Largest independent administrator of Hedge Funds seeks Operations Analyst.

Doostang News June 21 – Office Tips for the Recent Graduate

Investment Analyst, New York, NY
Research Analyst, Boston, MA
Private Equity Associate, Chicago, IL
Entry Level Consultant, Houston, TX
Financial Consultant, Los Angeles, CA

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Earning a degree is a huge feat, something you should celebrate and be proud of. And while the thrill of throwing your cap into the air may not wear off for months to come, it’s important to keep things in perspective when you step foot into the office. The real world is much larger than the classroom, and you will suddenly find yourself dealing with a more varied array of people. Here are a few pointers that will help ease that transition from dorm room to boardroom.

Lose the Sense of Entitlement

You’re on an even playing field with your peers from Day 1 – if anything, you actually have something to prove. So don’t assume that since you have just graduated from a top institute, people are going to give you extra credit; you left that behind in the classroom. Perhaps others will praise you for your stellar education, but that doesn’t give you license to act like a know-it-all or to make even subtle demands about what you need and what you are there for. If you start getting a big head, you’re going to get knocked down a few pegs very quickly. Instead, behave graciously. Don’t assume anything, and go out of your way to be friendly and an eager learner. That will endear you more to your coworkers than the letters behind your name.

Advocate for Yourself

No one in the office will be watching or evaluating you as they did so painstakingly back at the university, so if you don’t assert yourself, you might get overlooked. When you complete a big project, make sure to go over it with your boss. Ensure that your superiors are aware of the work you have done, and show a greater level of involvement by offering to review it with them. Your coworkers are busy people, so if you don’t pipe up just a little bit, they may temporarily overlook your efforts, or worse, dismiss you altogether.

Lay Low

Somewhat of a juxtaposition to our last tip, laying low is important when you first enter a job as a recent grad. Of course, you should never let your office accomplishments fly under the radar – make sure to bring those up with the Big Guy – but you should hang back a little while until you can tune into the vibe of your office. What does this mean? It means that you should figure out how your peers like to work and try to assimilate. Do people like to collaborate on projects? Or do they have a more independent working style? Is the office a casual environment where people sport T-shirts and sandals each day? Or are you expected to wear a suit and tie Monday through Friday? Some of these answers may be fairly obvious at the outset, but it’s important to really get the lay of the land before you inadvertently disrupt the harmony.

Trading in campus, 1PM lectures, and hoodies for the office, 7AM meetings, and starched collars can come as a bit of a shock. But if you keep these simple pointers in mind you’ll pick up the new routine and discover some new joys – office softball leagues, Friday cupcakes from Betty at the front desk, gift exchanges, etc. – in no time!

Here’s to getting older and wiser!

The Doostang Team

Doostang New Jobs This Week: June 14 – 20

top-jobsDoostang has thousands of highly sought after positions at companies like Google, Goldman Sachs, Bain Capital, Kohlberg Kravis & Roberts, Summit Partners, Time Warner, Facebook, and more. Looking to get ahead in your job search? Be the first to apply to these exceptional NEW jobs just posted on Doostang.

Analyst, New York, NY – Premier boutique Investment Bank seeks an Analyst to join its team in New York.


Investment Banking Associate, Los Angeles, CAPrestigious Boutique Investment Bank seeks an Associate.


Options Trader, Chicago, IL – International Trading Firm seeks Options Trader.


Consultant, New York, NY – Premier, Global Strategy Consulting Firm seeks Consultant.


Research Analyst, New York, NY – Boutique Broker Dealer catering to institutional investors seeks a Research Analyst.


Financial Analyst, San Diego, CA – Leading Financial and Professional Services Firm seeks Financial Analyst.


Product Manager, Austin, TX – Premier Networking and Technology Solutions Company seeks a Product Manager to join its Austin, TX team.

Doostang News March 22: Show Me the Money! Tips for Negotiating a Raise

Hedge Fund Analyst, New York, NY
Management Consultant, Washington, DC
Investment Associate, Beijing, China
Marketing Intern, Los Angeles, CA
Strategy Analyst, Boston, MA

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Asking for a raise can be a bit tricky. There’s that sentiment akin to asking your parents to tack on a few extra bucks to your allowance; and then there’s the walking-on-eggshells feeling you get in trying not to overstep your boundaries with your boss. But asking for a raise is OK, and it’s a two-way conversation that you can navigate tactfully if you keep a few things in mind:

Do Your Time

Although rightly deserved in some cases, a raise is not going to present itself on Day 2, no matter how convincing you are in presenting your case to your boss. The fact is, in order to rationalize paying you more money for the same work, an employer must see that you have made progress and remained loyal to the company. A company can find any old schmo off the street to do the work for a starting level salary. But go above and beyond, and they may be inclined to attach a few more dollar signs to your value.

Determine Your Reasons

In order to present a convincing case to your boss, it helps to understand why you are asking for a raise in the first place. Is it because your living expenses have gone up? Are you expecting a new addition to the family? Don’t misunderstand; simply desiring a higher salary for your excellent work is a completely valid point. But if you can present these motivations to your employer, you may find that they’re more likely to side with you on this one.

Be Reasonable

Of course you’re going to sound like a child when you put forth the whole “I want a million dollars” offer. That, and you’re going to get shut down very quickly. In order to be taken seriously, present a sensible figure to your boss, one that is on par with the work that you complete. This will get you much farther in negotiating with you boss.

Practice Savvy Negotiating Tactics

Alright, that said, you may want to present a number to your employer that is a bit higher than the actual raise you wish to receive. The boss didn’t get to where they are by being a pushover. They’ll likely try to bargain you down, trying to take you at your bottom limit. Before you propose anything, then, figure out what your bottom limit is. Give your boss a number that is higher than this – but not too high – and once negotiating begins, don’t allow yourself to go below this bottom line. Hopefully, the two of you will settle on something in the middle.

Understand Your Value

Logically, a company wishes to pay as little as they can while still employing reliable employees who complete great work. At the same time, their great wish is to keep their workers happy, which is equally – if not more – important to business. You may view a large corporation powerful and yourself lucky, in that they decided to give you a job in the first place. But it’s crucial to realize that you are equally as vital to them as they are to you. You are valuable and they know it. If you’re doing a great job, bring this up in a negotiation. Present numbers, graphs, or work samples when you go in to speak to your boss. Tell them that you’re worth it and show them why. Make them an offer they can’t refuse.

Keep these 5 things in mind when negotiating with your employer and you’ll be more likely to get your point across, make a favorable impression, and walk away with what you deserve.

Good luck!

The Doostang Team

Doostang News March 8: Play Like a Champ – Olympic Tips you can Apply to Your Job Search

42-15655084Hedge Fund Research Analyst, New York, NY
Graphics/Marketing Coordinator, Houston, TX
Investment Banking Professional, San Francisco, CA
Consulting Associate, New York, NY
Financial Analyst, Beijing, China

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With the Winter Olympics over for another four years, we hit the play button once more and return to our normal lives. Alas, the world goes on, athletes return to their training, and you return to your job search. But that’s no reason to get completely down. Instead, ride the Olympic high that you’re still feeling, and apply those champion lessons you took away from the games to your own life. Game on:

Don Your Uniform

No matter how great you are in scrimmage, there’s just something about putting on that snazzy looking uniform that gives you the extra muscle to clench first. Your head is suddenly fully in the game and you’re ready to play like a star. So when you roll out of bed in the morning to start your job search, shed the flannel PJs and fuzzy slippers. Change into something nice, and all of a sudden you will feel better about yourself and will find it much easier to put your best foot forward. There’s certainly no need to dress up in a manner befitting an interview, but if you avoid lounging around in your sweats all day while you search for jobs, you’ll get out of that lazy mindset and tackle your day with confidence.

Get To Know the Course

Olympic athletes don’t compete without first getting to know the terrain. If they did, they’d be likely to make mistakes that could have easily been purged from their systems had they taken a few practice runs. So when you’re applying to jobs, make sure that you fully research every company you’re interested in – brush up on company history, news mentions, key figures in the firm, etc. – so that if you’re asked about any of these things in an interview you don’t draw a blank. You’ll be a better conversationalist in the interview, and a company will be far more excited to hire someone who knows his or her stuff.

Teamwork

Not all Olympic sports are a one-man show. And some of the most difficult training that takes place involves coordinating your strategy and movement with one, two, or ten other people. That’s why it’s important to work together. There’s no excuse not to network these days with websites like Facebook, Twitter, and Google. So get out there, make friends, and share opportunities – build your roster, so to speak. Because in a time when social media has made its way into the practices of major corporations and news networks, if you don’t get on board, you’re going to get left behind. Equally important, make sure you’re a good sport – no provocative pictures or lewd comments online…you never know who will stumble upon them!

The whole process can be grueling, and an end may not be in sight. But bear in mind those Olympic champions that spend years training to master their sports – and even then they may not make the cut the first time around, only to have to wait another four years. Take a page from these books and stay at it. If you work hard enough, you might be taking home the gold sooner than you thought!

Ready…set…go!

The Doostang Team

Eight Steps to Acing the Phone Interview

phone-interviewBy Alesia Benedict, CPRW, JCTC GetInterviews.com

Venture Capital Associate (Pre-MBA), Boston, MA
PR Consultant, San Francisco, CA
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Real Estate Analyst, Los Angeles, CA
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Most first interviews are via telephone. A hiring manager sees your resume, thinks you may be a good fit, and calls you. It is very important to be ready for that first call because it is your one chance to move forward in the hiring process. Flub it and you won’t get a second opportunity. Make the sales presentation of your experience count.

Control Contact

Do not list every possible telephone number at which you can be reached. A home number and cell number are typically all an employer needs. If your cell is a company phone, list only your home number or obtain a personal cell phone. A company phone should not be used for job search. Do you spend a great deal of time during the day in situations where it would be difficult to talk spontaneously to a prospective employer such as meetings or in a shared office? Make sure you have a very professional voice mail message and check your messages regularly. Return all calls as soon as possible and if you end up in a “phone tag” situation, be persistent and proactive.

Focus

If you receive that first call while driving or any time you cannot devote 100% of your attention to the conversation, ask the caller if you can return the call. Distracted conversations make for poor interviews. When an employer or recruiter calls, they understand the time might not be good and are generally open to scheduling a call for a later time. Try to schedule the conversation as soon as possible and don’t forget to get a name and number for a contact.

Practice Tough Answers

Many people have some sort of obstacle in their current career search or a past problem that may come up in an interview. Be especially prepared to discuss such issues, not because they are more important but because they cause the most anxiety. Knowing what you are going to say to tough questions makes them much less scary.

Google Yourself

Be aware of information about you in the public realm. Make sure you conduct an Internet search on yourself. Employers will be doing this so you need to be on the same page. Be aware that your social media activities will also be reviewed by many employers or recruiters. If you have a Facebook page or Twitter account, it might be examined by employers. Be careful what you put there and don’t be surprised if a related question arises in the interview.

Use Your Resume

The resume’s usefulness does not stop with gaining the interview. It is your guideline for steering your interview. Carry your own copy with additional notes added. It is impossible (and unnecessary) to include all information in a resume so having additional facts and figures that support information in the resume can be a great aide in the interview. Think of it as a sort of “cheat sheet” for helping you to remember facts during the interview.

Be Informed

If you apply to a company, know something about that company! Knowledge is power. If a hiring manager calls ten people and only two of them can speak informatively about the company, its mission, and its products/service, those two will be the ones to move forward in the process! Ask informed questions that make sense and are company-focused.

Give Scenarios

Employers want to know not only what you’ve done but they want to know in what context. Be prepared to back up your claims to skills and expertise with specific scenarios and details about your performance. For example, if you have experience in project management, be ready to talk about a couple of projects you handled successfully. Select “stories” that will demonstrate your expertise. Bring in details and make sure to emphasize successful results of your efforts.

Curb the Chatter

Are you enthusiastic about your potential? That’s great but don’t let it get control of your tongue. An interview is a dialogue – it isn’t a monologue opportunity for you. Let the interviewer get a word in! Answer the question presented and keep your answers on topic. It is very easy to rabbit-trail off and chatter away but it is not helpful. It’s frustrating to the interviewer who probably has a limited amount of time and the information you chatter about may not even be relative. If you have trouble knowing when to stop talking, practice with a stopwatch. Limit your answers to two minutes if possible.

When the employer or recruiter calls you, you are “on”. Think ahead about what you will say, how you will handle specific questions, and have “stories” prepared that will demonstrate the skills and experience you offer. Use your resume as a guide and don’t prattle on about topics. Let the employer ask questions and ask some of your own. An interview is a conversation! Relax and make a great impression!

About the Author:

Alesia Benedict, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC) is the President of GetInterviews.com, the country’s leading resume writing firm. They provide professionals with customized, branded resumes and career marketing documents. Her and her firm’s credentials include being cited by JIST Publications as one of the “best resume writers in North America,” quoted as a career expert in The Wall Street Journal, and published in a whopping 25+ career books. Established in 1994, the firm has aided more than 75,000 job seekers to date. All resume writers are certified writers. GetInterviews.com offers a free resume critique and their services come with a wonderful guarantee — interviews in 30 days or they’ll rewrite for free!

Doostang Press – Doostang lands $1.25M

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Job network Doostang hangs tough with the competition, lands $1.25M

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Part LinkedIn, part CareerBuilder, job site Doostang claims that its network includes 25 percent of recent graduates from the country’s top 30 universities. And now the Palo Alto, Calif., company has raised $1.25 million of an expected $2.1 million round of equity to expand even more, according to a filing with the SEC.

Doostang, which now claims 600,000 users, distinguishes itself from competitors as a career network for elite job candidates. Not only does it place emphasis on attracting members from top colleges and business schools, it also culls prestigious listings for them to choose from. For this reason, it offers several premium membership options that grant access to even better listings and high-profile connections to enable power networking.

But it’s not alone in trying to appeal to this niche, elite audience. TheLadders, a job site for people searching for six-figure salaries and up, has seen a lot of success. It raised $7.25 million from Matrix Partners to start back in 2004 and has grown to 1.8 million members, not to mention 35,000 recruiters.

Doostang justifies its smaller user base by saying it’s even more selective. Just two years ago, it was an invite-only service. Since then, it’s opened to the general public. But the company still faces one challenge we brought up in a previous VentureBeat article: that the most elite job seekers probably won’t have much trouble finding appropriate positions through their own personal networks. The site has managed to double in size since then — but many of its members probably belong to multiple job networks.

Shasta Ventures provided the recent round of funding, bringing Doostang’s total capital raised to $5.25 million since its founding in 2005.

Doostang Success – New Job in 3 Weeks

Doostang helped me find a job remarkably quickly. I was sitting at my new desk a mere three weeks from the day I began my job search.”

- Sara, Yale 2001

Want to be the next Doostang Success story? Start applying to those jobs and see where that takes you!

Here’s a small sample of the exceptional jobs you’ll find on Doostang:

Junior Hedge Fund Analyst – NY Based Hedge Fund, New York, NY
Strategy Consultant – Top-Level Financial Consultancy, Chicago, IL
Investment Banking Analyst – Top Investment Firm, Boston, MA
Film Producer – Specialty Film Production Company, Los Angeles, CA
Private Equity Associate – Energy Private Equity Group, Houston, TX

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Happy Job Searching!

The Doostang Team

If you’re interested in sharing your Doostang success story, contact Kat at katerina@doostang.com