The investment banking world has gained a new rising star. MBA student Jared Haftel has been landing top jobs and impressing employers ever since graduating college. He writes articles advising those who wish to follow in his footsteps.
Haftel spent five years at Duke University majoring in three different fields. He played an active role in his school, writing for the Chronicle. He began his internship at Credit Suisse, where he learned about his craft until 2008. Haftel left Duke with a Bachelor’s degree each in Science, Mathematics, and Economics a year later. The skills and knowledge he acquired landed him his first job at Merill Lynch, the corporate banking division of Bank of America.
Merill Lynch hired Jared Haftel as an analyst. He started in their Global Industries Group division, but he quickly rose through the ranks. Haftel handled high profile clients like CONSOLE Energy, Huntsman Corporation, and GeoEye. Most of his duties were involved in tracking the investment opportunities in the chemicals, mining, metals, defense industries, aerospace industries, and tracking commodities. The analysis provided by such a young employee surprised his superiors. Bank of America is one of the top banks in America, and Haftel established himself as one of their top players. When he left Merrill Lynch it was as a professional in his field, taking advantage of a great career opportunity.
Haftel began working for his current employer, Vector Capital, in 2011. Vector capital has been an authority in technology investments since 1997. Haftel has an insight into financial statistical data that Vector Capital has used to determine the securities and risks of the different investment opportunities proposed to them. He holds a prudent outlook on banking models that have saved them time and again.
Instead of keeping his success to himself, Haftel chooses to write articles and participate in interviews that provide valuable advice to others interested in joining the world of banking. Every great job begins with a resume; Haftel says that a resume should be 50% work experience. His article on the topic says that employers care most about a candidate’s actual experience versus what he learned in school. They want to see achievements and promotions, things that will show them they are getting a good employee. Resumes are processed quickly. One glance should brag about a candidate without exaggerating.
Following Haftel’s resume advice often leads to an interview, a pressure filled event that Haftel has been to and survived many times. He says that interviews are brutal. There are three things that can get anyone through them: research, appearance, and personality. Before
going, a candidate should look into the company she is applying to. That way she knows its expectations, stances on important issues, and what questions to ask. Knowing what a company wants means a candidate can fulfill that want. Appearance and personality determine whether an interviewer will appreciate a candidate on a personal level. A positive attitude and a professional look goes a long way.
An internship can make or break a person’s career. Haftel learned a lot while interning for Credit Suisse. The contacts he made there were paramount to securing him his first job, and the knowledge he gained are the rungs of the career ladder he is still climbing. Jared Haftel made sure he established himself as being valuable to the permanent team. He advices others to exhibit the same confidence if they want the same opportunities for success that he has utilized.