QuoteOriginally posted by: liamQuoteOriginally posted by: MattFQuoteOriginally posted by: liamI would also like any tips on approaching companies considering I'm effectively going to be cold calling/cold emailing.I have 5 months quant analyst experience in 2005, but since then its only been slightly numerical (bits of Excel/VBA - my main focus is on Excel modelling) and more credit committee/business analyst work, and I have found it difficult to get back as a quant.I'm fed up and my career has suffered so I'm wondering what is the best strategy to regain coding experience - would it best to offer companies the possibility of a low rate, short-term contract to train me up and get experience?It doesn't work that way. There is illiquidity in the job market. This is partly because people aren't spending their own money of course and once a budget is agreed then they'll tend to spend it all. So offering to work for a cut-price rate isn't really more attractive to a potential employer because it increases the perceived risk of failure at no direct benefit to them.Sorry you're fed up but realistically very little hiring is happening right now. I'd try to enhance your skills for 6 months and hit the Headhunters in January. Alternatively Dominic is always claiming there's lots of work for Excel jockeys so maybe try that route.Much as I'd love to sit around building up the skillset I'm out of work now, so I don't have time to mess around and have a big ignorant gap on my CV - it's already 5 months and counting. In effect I've been kicked out of Project Finance - when it came down to the crunch my last employer changed its management and no longer nobody wants someone who is clearly unsuited to this very non-mathematical field, even when trying that Excel jockey route, but again no joy.Please don't query this further and wind me up more than is necessary. To cut a long story short I've been shut out of quant work every which way and the more I'm out the less employers want me. Might aswell pack my bags and then go home as my career is over, as I've been saying to people for years without being listened to. Now the same people, particularly non-finance people, are going to "tell" me why I have no job when they havent worked a day of finance in their lives.Unless someone can tell what this magical "other route" or "something else" I'm off this forum. You're wasting my time and frankly don't understand my situation.