I’m currently working as a FI analyst (not corporates) at a buy-side asset manager in the midwest, entering my 2nd year and have passed CFA Level 2. Im very interested in moving to a buy-side equity shop in NYC, how competitive of a candidate will I be? Will they view my experience as good even though its in a different asset class or will I have to start from scratch? What would be a good way to find opportunities? I haven’t had any luck applying to jobs on LinkedIn so I’ve been a bit discouraged.
You should hit up recruiters directly and email managing directors with your aspirations and set up a possible phone call or Skype call. Cold calling firms might work too, you just have to hustle. That's what I would do if I were you and wanted to gauge how I compare to other candidates.