Informational interviews are another excellent way to expand your network and uncover hidden opportunities. Research and identify a dozen or more prime brokerage firms, fund administrators and at least 30 hedge fund analysts or portfolio managers to contact. Make sure your resume is airtight and your personal introduction is down pat. You will want to call each of these professionals, introduce yourself, and ask for a few minutes of their time and advice on their experience in getting into the industry and their firm.
It’s a numbers game. You may only get one meeting for 20 or 30 calls. But if you can parlay that one informational interview into referrals to other professionals in the industry, and so on, you can gradually build an outstanding network.
Finally, research and attend industry events such as MARHedge and others.
You never stop networking when you are in the hedge fund industry. Constantly expanding your network of professional connections is both a good strategy for breaking into the industry and being successful throughout your career.
Here are some other resources that can help you network better:
Alternative Investment News www.ialternatives.com
Hedge Fund Alert www.hedgefundalert.com
Hedge Fund News www.hedgefundnews.com
Hedge Fund Center www.hedgefundcenter.com
The Hedge Fund association www.thehfa.org
Hedge Fund Research www.hfr.com
Hedge Fund Intelligence www.hedgefundintelligence.com
CSFB/Tremond Hedge Fund Index www.hedgeindex.com