Doostang New Jobs This Week: October 25 – 31

Doostang 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.

Jr. Financial Analyst, New York, NY – Well-Respected Hedge Fund Firm seeks Jr. Financial Analyst.

Analyst, Chicago, IL – Prominent Real Estate Investment Company seeks Analyst.

Post-MBA, Sr. Associate (Growth Equity Practice), Austin, TX – Premier Venture Capital & Private Equity Firm seeks Post-MBA Associate.

Associate Consultant, Boston, MA – Global Consulting Firm seeks Associate Consultant.

M&A Research Analyst, New York, NY – Top Tier Middle-Market Investment Banking Firm seeks M&A Research Analyst.

IT Director, Cambridge, MA – Pioneer Finance Provider for Grassroots Businesses seeks IT Director.

Analyst, Houston, TX – Leading Provider of Oil & Gas M&A Advice & Financing seeks Analyst.

Putting Your Education to Work on Your Resume

By Alesia Benedict, CPRW, JCTC –

Investment Banking Analyst, San Francisco, CA
Associate Consultant, Atlanta, GA
Investment Banking Analyst Intern, New York, NY
Research Analyst (Business Valuation), Irvine, CA
Associate – Hedge Fund of Funds Investment Team, New York, NY

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You’ve spent lots of money on tuition and endless hours studying to earn those degrees. Now it’s time to put that time and money to work for you to land a lucrative new job. Finding the best way to showcase this information on your resume, ensuring you make the most of your credentials isn’t so easy.

Even the most brilliant and educated candidate can readily get confused by the conflicting information offered by career experts. Rather than banking on educated guesses, use this quick “study guide” to test whether you’re maximizing your education background on your resume:

Where to Place the Education Section on Your Resume

Before even trying to assemble this information on your resume, a key step is to determine what type of candidate you are.

If you are a job seeker remaining in the same field and have at least five years of experience, emphasize work experience. This means detailing your work history first, followed by your education information.  Employers greatly value contributions you’ve made to current and/or former employers, since they are the best indication of your potential in a workplace environment. Your studies, while important and often mandatory for consideration, are typically secondary to experience.

Entry-level candidates who recently finished college usually have little work experience. Employers are fully aware of this, so while they are interested in any related internships or experience, their primary interest lies in the candidate’s education. The best option for entry-level candidates, therefore, is listing the education section first.

Another type of candidate who would list education before work history would be a career changer who recently completed a degree or course relevant to the new professional path. For example, if a retail manager just completed an MBA in accounting, passed the CPA exam, and is now seeking an accounting position, the education section would be placed before work experience on the resume.

Listing Coursework

Entry-level candidates could expand upon some practical experience acquired in the course of their studies. Yet for more experienced job seekers, such details are not only unnecessary, but inadvisable. A more experienced job seeker offering specifics about coursework could inadvertently lend a lower-level feel to the overall resume presentation. There are exceptions, however. For instance, candidates seeking academic positions would list relevant coursework and publications.

Stating Year of Graduation

Only recent college graduates need to list the year of graduation since the candidate will want to account for lack of work history. It will make sense to an employer that the resume doesn’t go beyond 2008 if the candidate received a degree the same year.

Otherwise, it is not a good idea to include a year of graduation, as this will give employers a sneak peek of your age. Let your credentials speak for themselves and avoid any potential for age discrimination by omitting the year you completed a degree.

Using Designations

Some candidates include a representation of degrees and certifications earned following their names. This can be a great tool to convey a credential without taking up much room. Since one’s name appears first, at the top of a resume, it immediately highlights your professional qualifications, especially for industry-specific credentials.

However, there are some pitfalls you want to avoid. If too many designations follow a name, the overall impact is lost. It’s great if you have five professional certifications, but you don’t need to list all of them. Try to limit it to three for maximum impact.

Listing a very common degree could also turn off a reader. “John Doe, BA” really won’t impress the same way “John Doe, PhD” will.

Maximizing a Professional Summary

If there are facts you want to emphasize but you don’t want to risk an employer missing it in the education section, feel free to make a mention of it in the professional summary. As an example, you may need an MBA in order to apply for a particular position, so you want to make sure the employer sees right off the bat that you have one. If your extensive work history has pushed your education section to the bottom of page two, the perfect solution is to briefly mention your MBA in your professional summary.

The professional summary is also a great way to include a fact that really has no place in the education section. For example, if you went to an Ivy League school, you can easily incorporate that into your professional summary without sounding pretentious.

Of course, these are general guidelines. The best strategy to present your educational credentials is as individual as you are, so make sure you do your homework when it comes to preparing your resume.

About the Author:

Alesia Benedict, Certified Professional Resume Writer (CPRW) and Job and Career Transition Coach (JCTC) is the President of, 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 100,000 job seekers to date. All resume writers are certified writers. offers a free resume critique and their services come with a wonderful guarantee — interviews in 30 days or they’ll rewrite for free!

Doostang Success — 8 Interviews and an Offer from a Boutique Private Equity Firm

Columbia University, 2010
Investment Manager – New York Pacific Company

“Before I came to NYC to get an MBA, I did not have any work experience in the financial service industry. When I graduated from business school with an MBA degree and previous unsuccessful start-up experience, I found that I was not welcomed by Wall Street in the tough market. Even the expensive MBA degree could not help me switch my career path as I had planned before.

Later, one of my friends who studied at Wharton recommended Doostang to me and told me that the jobs on Doostang overlapped with most of the jobs on the internal website from his B-School career development center. When I heard that, I joined Doostang right away.

After two weeks, I received 8 interviews from various employers in the financial service industry, and finally I got an offer from a Boutique PE firm on Wall Street that directly invests in companies in China.

Thanks a lot for Doostang’s help. I have recommended this precious resource to all my friends who still struggle hard to find a job in this tough market. I hope they can eventually achieve their goal as well.”

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

Sr. Financial Analyst – Top Tier Real Estate Investment Company, Washington, DC

Business Consultant – Rapidly Growing Strategic Consulting Firm, San Francisco, CA

Graduate Analyst – Leading Social Investment Institution, London, UK

Consumer Finance Analyst – Provider of Global Market Research Intelligence, Chicago, IL

Investment Banking Analyst – Leader in Providing Investment Banking Services, New York, NY

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Happy Job Searching!

The Doostang Team

Getting into Stanford Graduate School of Business – What All Prospective MBA Students Need to Know

Considering Business School? Then surely Stanford Graduate School of Business has entered your mind. But do you know what it takes?

Watch this MBA Podcaster report about getting into Stanford GSB and see what Mareza Larizadeh, founder of Doostang has to say:

A journey to the Silicon Valley to Stanford GSB

Doostang Talks Money – MBA Salaries in the Current Economic Climate: Investment Banking and Private Equity

Curious about the payoff for Finance careers? Mareza Larizadeh, Founder of Doostang, recently sat down with MBA Podcaster to discuss recent MBA salary trends.

Listen to the full interview here:

MBA Salaries in the Current Economic Climate – MBA Podcaster

Doostang News May11: A Monday walk down to electric avenue

Senior Business Analyst, Leading Solar Company, Santa Clara, CA

Sr. Associate Manager, Fortune 500 Utilities Firm, Ann Arbor, MI
Solar Energy Intern, Solar Provider, San Jose, CA
Energy Analyst, Consulting Firm, Washington, DC
Market Development Intern, Carbon Generation Firm, New York, NY

It’s hard to miss the chatter about energy jobs right now — whether in traditional sectors or renewables. At Doostang, it’s been just as hard to miss a growing trend among our Premium members: energy and utilities is currently the fastest growing career interest among them.

So, this week we talked to Pedram, a USC Marshall MBA who now works in Strategic Planning for Southern California Edison, the largest subsidiary of Edison International. Listen up, folks, Pedram’s consulting-like role within this dynamic industry may open your eyes to new ways to engage your skills and interests.

How did you get your current position at Southern California Edison?

A lot of times you hear that the best way to find a job is through networking. Well, that turned out to be the case for me as I found my current position by networking in my Business School classes. One of my classmates was working for Southern California Edison at the time and he helped introduce me to the hiring manager.

Describe a day in your life in your current role.

In my current role working in the “Strategic Planning Group” at Southern California Edison, my work is similar to working as an internal consultant. My group takes on large strategic projects that have a significant impact to the corporation. The work is project-based so that means there is a lot of variety in my day-to-day activities. Depending on the nature of the project my daily activities may involve team meetings, working with Excel models, interacting with external parties or updating senior management. Examples of some recent projects include evaluating the financial impact of legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, assessing the effect of electric vehicles on electricity demand over the next decade and working to integrate renewable energy into the electric grid.

Where are the career opportunities in energy right now?

I see a broad array of opportunities in the electric sector ranging from positions with utilities, consultants, regulators to renewable energy start-ups. Also, the electric sector currently faces an aging work-force with a large percentage of employees at or near retirement age. This age bubble will likely create a lot of new opportunities for younger professionals. For example Southern California Edison has created two Analyst Rotation Programs to help fill the talent pipeline. One rotation program is in our Power Procurement Business Unit which involves purchasing wholesale electricity and natural gas through contracts and energy markets. The second rotation program is in our Customer Service Business Unit which administers customer programs such as energy efficiency, customer owned solar panels and the roll-out of second of generation electric meters. Both programs are geared towards recent grads (within the last year) and are two year programs with 4 to 6 month assignments through different departments within each Business Unit. Interested applicants should send an email to CollegeRelations AT

What are your longer term career plans? How does your current job fit into them?

Longer term, I plan to continue working in the energy industry, in particular the electric industry. Given the world’s increasing demand for sustainable energy sources I see electricity playing a key role in meeting those needs. The electric sector, which has been relatively stagnant for the past several decades, is currently on the cusp of a dramatic change. I think legislation to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, increased demand for renewable energy, second-generation electric meters, continued population growth, the nuclear renaissance, and the fruition of the electric car are all powerful market forces that will create significant long term opportunities in the electric sector. There may be a few losers along the way, merchant coal generators seem to be the most at risk, but all in all I’m very bullish on the electric sector.

Learn more about Southern California Edison. What other companies interest you? Drop us a note.

MBAs on Doostang

Last week, we welcomed Northwestern’s Kellogg School and INSEAD to Doostang’s family of MBA partners. If you are an MBA candidate from one of these schools, might we urge you to upgrade your membership FREE to access thousands of relevant opportunities in a time of scarcity.

Or, perhaps you’ve already landed a job or internship. Word on the street is that, compared to previous years, more MBAs are returning to their pre-MBA careers rather than switching to new ones. What’s your story? Help out your peers by telling us about it.

Happy New Week,

Team Doostang

Doostang News Apr15: It’s Good to Be Green

Research Associate, Cleantech & Renewable Energy, London, UK
Marketing Coordinator, Environmental Nonprofit, DC
Project Financial Analyst, Early-Stage Solar Provider,  NY
Sales & Marketing, Renewable Energy Provider, Manhattan Beach, CA
Senior Associate, Green Strategy Consulting Firm, DC

Earth Day, tax day and National High Five Day are all coming up and, oddly enough, we’d rather focus on the former. In fact, many of you have expressed interest in green jobs, companies and industries and we’re certainly excited to help smart people work on important problems.

We had a chat with Nick Ellis, banker-turned-Managing Partner of an SF recruitment firm focused on placing people in green jobs. Whether you’re looking to make a change or just curious, we think you’ll enjoy Nick’s unique perspective.

Going Green with Nick Ellis, Bright Green Talent

How did you end up at Bright Green? How did this role fit into your broader career plans or interests?

I came to Bright Green Talent from an investment bank where I was doing public finance (a job I adored). A few years in, I realized that I wanted to take a shot a running my own business and combine my passion for social and environmental justice with best-of-breed business practices. At the time, I put three constraints on my next career: it had to be entrepreneurial, environmentally-focused, and be something I could take internationally. Ultimately, my goal’s to combine my environmental entrepreneur experience, labor market insights, and public finance background to make a bid for public office. There’s this beautiful confluence of business, environment, and policy that’s changing the way we work….I’d love to bring all three to bear as the SF City and Parks Commissioner to help implement a markets-based approach to public park management that redresses global warming.

What do you like and dislike about the recruitment industry?

There’s a series of problems with transparency, ethics, and accountability in the recruitment industry that lead to a lack of confidence and loyalty between candidates, recruiters, and employers. The business model itself distorts the incentives to collaborate and increase transparency because it focuses on the fees and process, not the goal of putting people in sustainable jobs. There’s a lot of “churn and burn” out there. For me, pushing the industry towards greater transparency, efficiency, and accountability is a killer challenge. Bright Green Talent provides me a platform from which I can make a positive impact and a handsome profit, and in the process, demonstrate that business is the most powerful engine for environmental preservation.

From a recruiter’s standpoint, how can candidates differentiate themselves more effectively in this market (at any step in the application process)? What common mistakes are you seeing among job seekers? Where do you advise them to invest their time?

The biggest mistake we see is that folks think that their passion alone will get them the job. Passion’s important, but practical experience and a proven track record are more important. The other big mistake is that folks invest their time in too many job boards, mechanically sending out resumes. Get personal and approach contacts at firms you’d like to work with–it’s still how 80%+ of the population find a job. In the absence of your own personal connections, choose one recruiter who knows your industry and work with them to get introduced to a company. Word of advice: working with more than one recruiter puts everyone involved at risk, so stay (professionally) monogamous.

Green businesses are pushing the boundaries of traditional models. When you’re interviewing with a company, consider how you’ve pushed the boundaries in your previous lines of work. For example, if you were an IT Manager at Netflix, did you broach the conversation about sustainable sourcing practices for the firm’s hardware that took into account lifetime energy use and end-of-life disposal options? If so, you’ve shown that you’re a “cradle to cradle” thinker, and likely ready to help these businesses break new ground. If not, consider going back to school or volunteering as two paths towards getting up to speed on what it means to be green nowadays.

Within the green recruiting market, what types of skills/candidates are most marketable right now? What types of companies are hiring? If not now, in the future once the economy has improved?

Right now green businesses are in a “build it and they will come” phase. Biodiesel refineries, utility-scale solar firms, and electric car production lines are a few examples. As a consequence, mechanical and electrical engineers who embrace a systemic approach to design are in high demand. We’re also preparing for a groundswell of demand for contractors to help put the stimulus money to work in both the public and private sector. If you’re unemployed and looking for short-term gigs to get some exposure, drop us a line–we’d love to help you get your feet wet. 

What types of green opportunities are best suited to people who share your background in finance/business?

I’d break it down into three channels:
1) Venture work sourcing and evaluating green investments. Finance teaches you to dig into the details, challenge assumptions, and separate the wheat from the chaff on an objective (read: economic) basis–these skills remain in high demand as more businesses seek funding for their green ideas.

2) Carbon project finance draws heavily on the project finance skills I learned in public finance. Firms like EcoSecurities and MMA Renewable Ventures are always looking for project finance bankers who understand the emerging regulatory environment supporting cleantech projects. If you’ve done due diligence on tax-equity or tax-credit investments for large-scale utility projects, you can likely shift into carbon project finance quickly.

3) Carbon trading remains small scale in the US (see RGGI for more info), but it’s going to grow in the coming years. Whether it’s cap-and-trade or a straight carbon tax, the field itself is poised to see harmonization and integration into global trading treaties, meaning the market will get big quickly. Investment banking exposed me to how markets set fair prices and value securities–both skills that carbon trading will need in the years ahead as it attempts to establish legitimacy.

What are the most valuable skills gained in a green job in your opinion?

Exposure to triple-bottom line business practices that re-imagine established industry practices and prove that there’s a way for profit, planet, and people to work together to create a virtuous cycle. Ecopreneurship is one of the only spaces where the moral imperative aligns so beautifully with market opportunity. I’m convinced there are trillion dollar markets within this sector, and that in twenty years’ time, there will be more social and environmental entrepreneurs than classic business entrepreneurs. To get at these markets, though, you’ll need a fair amount of focus, vision, and a strong team–no one gets anywhere without the help of others.

View Nick’s Profile. Learn more about Bright Green Talent. Then, tell us about what careers interest you. We’re listening!

School Spirit

We’re working hard to continue to bring access to Premium Jobs to talented people poised to make the kind of very impact in their careers that Nick describes. This past week we welcomed the Stanford GSB and the Haas School at Berkeley to our list of partner MBA programs. If you’re currently enrolled at one of these schools, don’t wait to join your school network to learn how you can save big on Premium Membership.

On the undergraduate front, last week we were also privileged to participate in Bruin Consulting’s Case Competition at UCLA and watch a phenomenally talented group of students tackle a healthcare strategy and operations consulting case. Thank you, Bruin Consulting, for the invitation and congrats to Ruchi, Christa, Stephanie and Jani on your hard-earned victory ;).

How can we get involved at your school? We’re happy to help! Just email us.

May your returns be bountiful,

Team Doostang

Mareza goes back to school

I was fortunate enough to return to Stanford Business School on Sunday night for a dinner with the admits in the Class of 2011. The first person to greet me was the Director of Admissions for Stanford’s MBA Program, Derrick Bolton. I don’t know how he does it but Derrick always puts together extremely talented and well rounded classes, and the Class of 2011 is no exception. Private equity professionals, consultants, screenwriters, media gurus, non-profit leaders. I would say that there were 200 or so admits present at the dinner. Which made me start to think…


Stanford is one of the smaller business schools, with approximately 350 students admitted each year. In fact over 10,000 students enroll in The Top 25 US MBA Programs each year. That’s over 10,000 excellent jobs in fields such as finance, consulting, media & entertainment that started to open up in January, around the same time that Derrick started calling those first round applicants to tell them that they had been offered a place in Stanford’s MBA Class of 2011. And to prove it, here are just a few Premium Jobs that have been posted on Doostang over the past few days:

Venture Capital Analyst, Centripetal Capital Partners, Stamford, CT

Senior Analyst, VoD Sales Planning & Analysis, Warner Bros, Burbank, CA

Real Estate Intern, Mesa West Capital, Los Angeles, CA

What if I am a post MBA, I hear you ask? Well, here are some great Premium Jobs posted over the past few days for you:

Engagement Manager, Keystone Strategy, San Francisco, CA

Senior Equity Analyst, L/S Hedge Fund, HIG Capital, Miami, FL

MBA Marketing Intern, LucasFilm Entertainment Company, San Francisco, CA

Now that bonus season is coming to an end, we are starting to see a considerable amount of movement at the post MBA level, which will lead to thousands more career opportunities for you. We are working tirelessly at Doostang to bring these thousands upon thousands of great career opportunities to our Premium Members.

As I walked towards my car to drive home, I started to think about Doostang’s first days back in 2005 while I was still an MBA student at Stanford. If it hadn’t been for Derrick accepting me as a member of the Class of 2006, there wouldn’t be a Doostang today.

Thank you Derrick.