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Aug 21, 2006 11:54 am

I was chatting with a candidate last week, and we started talking about industry-focused movies.  We came up with the following list of “training films” for entry-level brokers.  Thought you might enjoy it. 

Go rent the movie Boiler Room.  If you interview with a brokerage that reminds you of the firm in the movie, then leave.

While you’re at the video store, get a copy of GlenGarry Glen Ross. 
Realize that this industry is full of brokers and BOMs who are just
like the salesmen in that movie (including Alec Baldwin’s character). 
If you think that’s cool and begin to think these characters are role
models, then please quit now.
If you aren’t scared yet, go rent either Dead Poets Society or Fight Club
(whichever one suits your taste).  Realize that some day we will all be
food for worms.  If that depresses you or makes you want to break things then please quit now.  If
that motivates you to get out there and do something extraordinary with
your life, then you just might have what it takes.
Finally, go rent Wall Street.  You probably won’t learn anything new, but everybody expects you to know all the good lines.  Wall Street is the Monty Python’s Holy Grail of this industry. 

Jeff Cadieux

Executive Recruiter

Gabriel & Associates

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Aug 21, 2006 1:06 pm

When I worked in Manhattan I knew quite a few people who reminded me of the characters in Wall Street…