Doostang Success — Job Not Posted on Any Other Site

Brown University, 2008
Reporter – Pharmawire

“I found my current position as a Healthcare Business Intelligence Reporter through Doostang after several months of job searching without success.  The position had been ‘recommended to me’ by my Doostang homepage based on other jobs I had browsed and applied to.

Within a day of applying for the position, I knew that my resume had been downloaded by my current employer, compared to other job application systems where an applicant has no idea whether anyone has looked at their application materials.

Within days, I had my first interview and case study.  It was great for the application process to move quickly for a change!

I hadn’t seen this job posting with any other site, and without Doostang I wouldn’t have my current job.”

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Research Associate – Independent Financial Services Advisory, New York, NY

Engagement Manager – Rapidly Growing Management Advisory Firm, Washington, DC

Investment Banking Analyst – Top Tier Boutique Investment Bank, Los Angeles, CA

Principal – Global Life Science Management Firm, Boston, MA

Intern – Independent Financial Services Advisory Firm, New York, NY

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Doostang Success — Jobs Posted Directly by the HR

Vanderbilt University, 2007
Project Manager – Discover Financials

“The market has changed a lot compared with the time I graduated. I knew I had to try my best to get a new job that I wanted, but it was just difficult under the current economic situation. First, I started networking on LinkedIn, but it did not go very smoothly because there were not enough job sources. Then I read about Doostang from a newspaper – the whole elite school networking concept was the key part that attracted me to join.

I wanted to relocate to a new city, and Doostang quickly sorted out all the related jobs in that area by different distance range. That was very neat, since I was not sure about the suburb city names.

I heard from the HR two days after sending my resume. The job I applied to was posted directly by the HR, so she was able to review my resume immediately.

I flew to the city after two weeks to have an on site interview. Now I am comparing this offer with another one on my plate.

The whole application process and job hunting was not as stressful as I thought. I could see when the HR reviewed my resume and when they downloaded my resume, so I was very aware of the progress of my job application. I will recommend Doostang to my other friends – since it helped me land a job, it probably could do the same for others. Good job, Doostang!”

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Analyst – Top Tier Global Investment Banking Firm, New York, NY

Associate – Premier Benefits & Human Resources Consulting Firm, Chicago, IL

Investment Analyst – Leading Manager of Value-Oriented Mutual Funds, Dallas, TX

Healthcare Strategy Consultant – Prominent Consulting Firm, Burlington, MA

Trader – Billion Dollar Long/Short Hedge Fund, Los Angeles, CA

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Avoid a Job Hunt Rut

By Alesia Benedict, CPRW, JCTC

Investment Banking Analyst, Boston, MA
Product Quality Associate, SF Bay Area, CA
Analyst / Associate, Philadelphia, PA
Fall Intern, New York, NY
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Does this sound familiar? You see a post for that dream job and promptly submit your resume – only to hear nothing for days, then weeks. You wonder why you didn’t receive a response as you continue to scour postings for the next position that seems like an ideal match.

If your job search has hit this type of rut, take heart. It doesn’t necessarily mean you aren’t just as qualified as your competition. It could just mean your job search strategy is all wrong.

In a job market this tough, you need to be more aggressive than ever to get noticed by hiring managers and recruiters. The key is to gain as much exposure as possible. The more you put your resume out there, the greater your chances for grabbing a hiring manager’s attention.

Here are a few ways to jump start your stalling job search:

Utilize job boards

Employers once relied solely on high-priced headhunters to gain access to highly-qualified candidate pools. Now, they can turn to the Internet – namely, job boards — where job seekers post their resumes. The boards match qualified applicants with open positions based on employers’ customized criteria.

While most job seekers are familiar with mainstream boards such as Monster, they may not realize there are literally hundreds of boards tailored by industry, profession, or diversity group. For those concerned with privacy issues, most boards even offer the option of keeping certain details of your contact information confidential until an employer wants to reach you. Most allow job seekers to post a resume free of charge, so there’s really no good reason to ignore these opportunities.

Send a follow-up letter

If you have already sent in your resume only to yield no result, don’t be afraid to take another shot. Rather than just submitting your resume a second time with a standard cover letter, use a follow-up letter. This approach is particularly useful if you’ve updated your resume recently and would like a chance to submit the new-and-improved version. A follow-up letter allows you to reintroduce yourself while demonstrating you are very serious about a company or position.

Unlike making a telephone call to follow up, a letter doesn’t catch the employer by surprise or put him or her in the awkward position of talking to you without the benefit of your resume for reference. Keep the letter short and to the point, but be sure to focus on why you would be ideal for the position. The goal is to lure the reader into revisiting your resume, giving your application a second chance.

Prepare a 30-second speech about yourself

Whether you attend an organized networking event or happen to run into a former colleague in the park, you should be prepared to capitalize on opportunities to establish professional contacts that can lead to your next job. Many job seekers lament that networking events, like those sponsored by college alumni organizations or professional associations, are a waste of time. After all, you meet so many new people and have such a brief window of time to make any impression at all. Before you’ve finished with small talk, the conversation is over without even getting to the reason you were there in the first place.

Going in prepared, however, can make all the difference. Creating and practicing an “elevator pitch” – a 30-second speech summarizing your professional qualifications and goals – can make the most of the limited time you have to establish new contacts. As an added bonus, you will also eliminate those terribly awkward moments when you struggle for what to say.

Take advantage of online networking sites

Setting up profiles on popular networking sites, such as LinkedIn, not only provides you with an online presence for your professional qualifications. It also helps you reconnect with former colleagues with whom you’ve lost touch. The wider your network of contacts, the more potential opportunities will come your way. Joining most of the popular online networking sites is free, so there’s really no excuse not to do it.

Of course, for any of these techniques to be effective, you need to be sure employers can not only find you, but will be impressed with what they see. That’s why it is crucial to make sure your resume is up to par and rich in keywords before these methods can jump start your job search.

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 News July 26: How Transferable Skills Acquired in the Classroom can be Valuable to Your Resume

Investment Analyst, New York, NY
Director of Technology Services, Nationwide
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One of the challenges recent graduates often face is that they have very little work experience.  They leave college armed with all the knowledge and enthusiasm vital to the workplace, but have a much harder time filling up their resume.  The solution?  Focus on transferable skills acquired from the classroom that can be applied to the workplace:


Classrooms are rife with opportunities for communication.  Any time students collaborate on a project, share their views on an article, or review and peer edit papers, they are engaging in prime communication skills that are ideally suited for the workplace.

Meeting Deadlines

Deadlines are one of the main tenets of college education, and though many college students spend a good chunk of their academic careers procrastinating, the ability to ultimately get things done on time is a sign of a valuable employee.


Students may not feel it, but they are excellent multi-taskers.  Any individual who can juggle several classes, sports, activities, and a social life is a person who can bring an equal sense of balance to their busy life in the workplace.


It often seems that the majority of what a student does in college is research.  All of those long hours spent in the library prepare you for research you may have to do on the job.  More than this, the research skills of a recent graduate are probably much more fresh than those of a seasoned employee who hasn’t stepped into the reference section of a library in years.


College years are some of the most shifting, unpredictable years of an individual’s life.  First, that person is uprooted from their home, then they are placed into a foreign environment with many unfamiliar people and are left to fend for themselves, often for the first time in their lives.  Someone who is able to successfully make it out of this situation unscathed can certainly take on the corporate world, learn to adapt to a new office environment and work with peers.

While listing the transferable skills that you acquired at college may not seem as convincing as listing job experience on a resume, hiring managers understand that you are young and haven’t had as much time out in the workforce.  Moreover, they also know that college, in and of itself, is practically a full-time job.  Always remember to focus on what you know and what you’re good at, and take pride in the fact that as an individual new to the working world, you have a fresh, creative, unbiased outlook on the market because that is often what a company is looking for.

Until next time,

The Doostang Team

Doostang Success — The Smartest Move I Ever Made

Carnegie Mellon University 2009

“My name is Evan and I recently landed a job at a new bulge bracket investment bank, and I couldn’t have found the position without the help of Doostang.

Doostang was extremely helpful even before I started my first job.  I accepted an offer at a smaller investment bank in the middle of the financial crisis and had the misfortune of my employer going bankrupt and being bought.  Unsure and worried for my career, I turned to Doostang.  After a long absence from the site, I noticed that it had expanded outside of the academic realm, and also offered thousands of new jobs and many different areas.  Sadly, it was no longer free.  This would usually turn me away immediately as I never have luck on these types of sites. Noticing that many of the positions I was interested in could only be accessed via subscription, I thought I’d give it a try.  At the time I was more than willing to spare a little cash for a job that could set me on the right career path.

That was the smartest move I’ve ever made.

Throughout my senior year I had multiple interviews, but ultimately went back to the employer that I had originally signed with. Three months into this job after college, I knew it was time to start looking for something else.  I turned back to Doostang again.  Having had experience in the finance industry and wanting to be based in a financial hub such as San Francisco was very helpful.  It also didn’t hurt that Doostang had many employers looking to hire someone just like me.

For a long while, checking new postings on Doostang became a nightly ritual.  A few of my friends also signed up on Doostang, after I told them how much potential there was for finding a great job.  What we liked most was being able to send postings to each other that we might have missed.  I honestly can’t recommend any site other than Doostang for people interested in investment banking. My friends who have tired of other jobs have also found that the site has incredible opportunities in consulting, corporate development and private equity.

Doostang, hands down, has the largest aggregation of high quality professional jobs I’ve ever seen in one place.”

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Investment Analyst – Prominent Investment Management Firm, New York, NY
Marketing Coordinator – One of The World’s Largest Outdoor Advertising Companies, New York, NY
Hedge Fund Analyst / Analyst Intern – Premier Multi-Strategy Hedge Fund, Philadelphia, PA
Business Consultant – Private Sustainability Consulting Firm, Denver, CO
Investment Banking Analyst – Full-Service Financial Services Firm, Philadelphia, PA

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