You're interested in breaking into quantitative trading, but are either unsure if you are capable, or don't know where to start. I've been there. As a commerce major with zero background in software development the cards were stacked against me. But let me tell you, it's possible. I know so because I've done it. So to have several consulting clients of mine who have landed high-paying positions at well-respected firms in the industry (IMC, Optiver and Citadel, to name a few). Whether you're looking to make a career shift into an industry where six figure bonuses are commonplace, or are a student looking for a resume review and career advice in your quest to landing your first position, I've mentored dozens of people just like you.
I provide a myriad of essential services that you need if you are to market yourself as a strong candidate to prospective employers in industries as competitive as quantitative trading and software engineering. I focus on several key areas of the hiring process including resume reviews, mock behavioral and technical interviews, and career guidance, to help you get from start to destination.
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There is always someone asking for a resource to learn about quantitative trading. If that's you, great! Here are 5 books you should read if you'd like to become a quantitative trader. These books covers a range of topics from math, to code, to theory and more. I detail the order in which you should read these books, and include links as to where you can get them, sprinkling some insight along the way.
I've noticed a recurring set of misconceptions about the role and profession of a quantitative trader. Whether it's degree requirements, or team-dynamic, it's important to cut through the misinformation spread on Discord servers and online chatrooms and arrive at the truth of the matter. In this blog post I go over 5 misconceptions that are top of mind that anyone who wants to become a quantitative trader should know about.
Solving quantitative puzzles is hard. In 2020, I became the top Jane Street Puzzle solver, contending for the most puzzles solved that year. Over the course of the year, I gained several key insights as to how to think through complex quantitative puzzles, and the skills required to successfully solve them. This article summarizes the four core skills one needs to master in order to increase his/her chances at completing quantitative puzzles whose difficulty is on-par with that of Jane Street's.