A career in today′s private equity (PE) arena which also includes venture capital as well as PE fund of funds, hybrid funds, and secondary funds can be extremely rewarding. But with the popularity of this profession on the rise and the number of candidates far outweighing the positions available, landing a job in this field can be a difficult endeavor.
Gaining a better understanding of the PE career path and how the hiring process works is a distinct advantage for those seeking to break into the business. And Getting a Job in Private Equity has the targeted advice you′ll need to achieve this goal. Here, you′ll discover what it takes to make it in PE from different "entry points" out of undergrad, as a pre–MBA, from business school, and even once you′ve been out of school for several years what sort of experience is needed to set yourself up for a position, and what can be done to improve your chances of landing one of these limited opportunities.
Along the way, Getting a Job in Private Equity also offers case studies of more than thirty people who have successfully navigated the PE hiring path. These people candidly discuss what worked for them, what their interviews were like, and what, if anything, they would have done differently. Sample resumes from fifteen of these individuals are also included.
If you′re seriously considering a career in PE, you have to become familiar with how firms hire. With Getting a Job in Private Equity, you′ll gain invaluable insights that will allow you to stay one step ahead of other individuals looking to secure a position in this field.
About the Authors.
Chapter I: Getting Started.
Chapter II: Out of Undergrad.
Chapter III: Pre–MBA.
Chapter IV: Out of Business School.
Chapter V: Post Graduate School: Experienced Deal/Advisory Professionals.
Chapter VI: Post Graduate School: Experienced Non–Deal/Advisory Professionals.
Chapter VII: Breaking into Venture Capital.
Chapter VIII: Working at Fund of Funds, Hybrid Funds & Secondary Funds.
Chapter IX: Finding the Right Fit.
Chapter X: The Resume.
Chapter XI: The Interview.
Chapter XII: Compensation.
Chapter XIII: Working with a Recruiter.
Chapter XIV: On the Job: What to Expect.
Appendix A: Resources.
Appendix B: Sample Resumes.
Aaron Finkel is Vice President and Head of Publications at Glocap. He has seventeen years of experience in financial journalism including eleven with Institutional Investor. He is also coauthor of the Glocap guide Getting a Job in Hedge Funds and coordinates the research and production of Glocap′s annual Private Equity and Hedge Fund Compensation Reports.