Vault Career Guide to Hedge Funds, Second Edition

by Andrew Morkes, Introduction by Mark Shore
Publication Date: 2015

Landing a job at a hedge fund can be a challenge. With billions—even trillions—of dollars under management and seemingly limitless earnings potential for executives, hedge funds attract the financial industry's best and brightest. Learning about jobs can be difficult because most hedge funds operate with a small staff, don't advertise openings, and maintain secrecy about their operations and investment strategies. Networking and a proven track record in finance are essential to breaking into this field. It also takes strong nerves and a smart attitude, especially to keep up with ongoing changes due to government regulation and economic trends. The rewards for those who make it, however, justify the effort, and the Vault Career Guide to Hedge Funds, Second Edition can help you get your foot in the door.

The Vault Career Guide to Hedge Funds, Second Edition provides an insider's perspective on what's happening in the industry, what it takes to break in and how to advance your career. Vault Career Guides offer an industry insider's view of what it takes to land a job in your chosen profession. Each volume provides a comprehensive overview of the industry and expert advice and tips for uncovering job opportunities, networking, preparing your cover letter and résumé, interviewing and keeping current on industry news and trends. Interviews and case studies offer behind-the-scenes glimpses of what hiring managers look for in a candidate and how others have succeeded in landing their jobs or advancing their careers. Day in the Life profiles place you in the shoes of an established professional for one day, and an extensive glossary and resource list put all the industry knowledge you need to succeed at your fingertips.

Each Vault Career Guide includes:

  • The Scoop: Everything you need to know about what your industry does, its history, who works in it and where it's going.
  • Getting Hired: Practical information on researching potential employers, networking, interviewing and getting in the door.
  • On the Job: A look at life on the job and the industry culture.
  • Talk Like a Pro: A glossary of industry jargon and key terms.
  • Resources: Associations, organizations, websites and other resources to help you plan and advance your career.


Andrew Morkes is a freelance writer and editor in Chicago, Illinois, who has been writing about college- and career-related topics for nearly 20 years. He is the owner of College & Career Press. Andrew has written and edited many books for Ferguson's, including the Encyclopedia of Careers & Vocational Guidance and many volumes in the Careers in Focus, Discovering Careers, and Career Skills Library series. He is also the author of They Teach That in College!?: A Resource Guide to More Than 95 Interesting College Majors and Programs; Nontraditional Careers for Women and Men: More Than 30 Great Jobs for Women and Men With Apprenticeships Through PhDs; and the Vault Career Guide to the Internet and Social Media. His poetry has appeared in Cadence, Wisconsin Review, Poetry Motel, Strong Coffee, and Mid-America Review.

Mark Shore is an expert on alternative investments with more than 25 years of experience in the capital markets, including past positions as chief operating officer of VK Capital, a wholly owned Morgan Stanley commodity trading advisor business unit, and head of risk at Octane Research, a Swiss-based alternative investment firm. In 2008, Mark founded Shore Capital Research LLC, an alternative investment consulting and research firm that specializes in due diligence of managers, research of markets, educational workshops, and business development. He also provides research/expert witness testimony for litigation in the capital markets.

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