How 'tough' in reality and practice is the US job market?

How easy or difficult is it to get into a firm such as The Boston Consulting Group in New York or Los Angeles who only hire the very creme de la creme?

When looking for work in the major cities in the US, such as Downtown Manhattan, do most people have to be out all day with the Metrocard, pounding the pavements, riding the subway and calling in to reception with their CV (resumes) and receiving many many rejection emails and letters in return?

What does it really take to 'crack it' and penetrate into a key firm and good role in either the Big Apple or Downtown Los Angeles, such as a Marketing & Communications Officer for American Express in the World Financial Centre, or HR Business Partner for Wells Fargo Bank?

Do American employers also want a direct experience match to the vacancy person specification (you need to tick all the boxes on the essential and desirable criteria) or can they be generous that if you show interest, enthusiasm and determination, they will give you a chance, take you on and train you up into a role?

3 Answers

  • Foofa
    Lv 7
    1 year ago
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    In fields like Marketing and Consulting it's really more about who you know that what you know. This is why even rich and famous parents are bribing colleges and cheating on tests to get their kids into universities where they can meet the right people. No, jobs like that aren't gotten by pounding the pavement, CV in hand. They're gotten by knowing someone who knows there's a job opening and then by calling up all your important friends to put in a good word for you.

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  • DIEGO.
    Lv 7
    1 year ago

    i wonder too.

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  • Anonymous
    1 year ago

    They aren't going to be 'generous' but they're saying what they want and hope for the closest match. Don't call it a CV in America. It's not a curriculum vitae. There's a difference. A CV is only used in academia. That right there makes you look like a pretentious twit and will kill your chances.

    And no, people don't pound the pavement. You say your looking to be the creme de la creme and are clueless as to how things are done. People submit resumes via email in the 21st century. Coming g in unsolicited will make you look like an idiot.

    It seems to me that you are a clueless kid looking forma job far above your experience and ability.

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