When Jay Solomon was applying for jobs in finance last year, there was one thing on his resume that set him apart from the competition. It wasn’t his prior experience, or education or Excel skills. It wasn’t even his formatting and it definitely wasn’t his scented paper, which everyone uses these days. It was his ability to put his foot behind his head.

When Solomon, 25, was applying for jobs in real estate, there was one achievement on his CV that always got a response. “I put advanced yoga practitioner . . . just some bulls – - t at the bottom of the resume,” says Solomon. “All these guys were like, ‘Oh, I do yoga, come here, let me show you my yoga mat in the office,’ ” he recalls.

While neither Solomon nor the people interviewing him actually sound very Yogi master-like (“some bull shit”? “Let me show you my yoga mat”?), it was enough to not only get his foot in the door but land him a gig at “a private equity real estate fund in Harlem.” And that’s not all.

Solomon has used his yoga skills to get in good with the boss in ways those who aren’t quite as flexible cannot.

Three weeks after he was hired in September, Solomon suggested he and his boss hobnob over half-moon poses. They now practice hot power yoga once a month together at an Upper East Side studio.

“I just knew that he loved yoga, and I thought it’d be something good that we could do together,” explains Solomon. Today, he credits his love of yoga with giving him a leg up in the job market. “I think it automatically marks you as slightly alternative, creative and modern . . . If I put the gym or weightlifting [on my resume], I don’t think people would care as much.”

Though for comparison’s sake- would some please give it a shot? Let’s find out the breakdown of employers on Wall Street who prefer an employee who can get into lotus position versus one who can bench 250.

Yoga is the new golf [NYP via BI]

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  1. Posted by ExtraOrdinaryPopularDelusions | February 18, 2011 at 5:33 PM

    Everyone has a creative cousin.

  2. Posted by guest | February 18, 2011 at 5:34 PM

    I bet he played lacrosse in prep school too.

  3. Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2011 at 5:35 PM

    My secretary loves the downward facing dog

  4. Posted by trojan | February 18, 2011 at 5:39 PM

    Me too.
    -D. Kneale

  5. Posted by DISQUS | February 18, 2011 at 5:52 PM
  6. Posted by Dr. Rosenrose | February 18, 2011 at 5:55 PM

    I have “Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do” on my resume and everyone assumes I’m great at math.

  7. Posted by The Observer | February 18, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Hobnobbing with the boss while wearing stretchy pants and sporting a horrible case of swamp ass is the NKI.

  8. Posted by Ping | February 18, 2011 at 5:56 PM

    Call me ASAP massa Solomon, I got ze job for you.
    –Ping

  9. Posted by Meow Meow Moment | February 18, 2011 at 5:57 PM

    It is our bonus day.

  10. Posted by broheim | February 18, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Private equity real estate fund in… Harlem?

  11. Posted by broheim | February 18, 2011 at 6:02 PM

    Private equity real estate fund in… Harlem?

  12. Posted by Disappointed LP | February 18, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    I thought it was the LPs were assumed downward dog when it comes to returns

  13. Posted by Disappointed LP | February 18, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    I thought it was the LPs were assumed downward dog when it comes to returns

  14. Posted by Disappointed LP | February 18, 2011 at 6:05 PM

    I thought it was the LPs were assumed downward dog when it comes to returns

  15. Posted by Guest | February 18, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    Are you kidding? Come on, its real estate. The price only goes up.

  16. Posted by guest | February 18, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    “It was his ability to put his foot behind his head”

    One foot away from the holy grail.

  17. Posted by PasteSpecialFormats | February 18, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Looking into this via my phone

  18. Posted by LAXnatty | February 18, 2011 at 6:16 PM

    I bet he didn’t.

  19. Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    keeping with the black history month theme from yesterday. I see what you did there bessy.

  20. Posted by returnofthemack | February 18, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    putting proefficient in yoga under skills section in my resume now…

  21. Posted by CoveredLong | February 18, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Similar concept to the Manchester United Fan Club…from Ohio.

    -Scotty and Cooper

  22. Posted by CoveredLong | February 18, 2011 at 6:29 PM

    Similar concept to the Manchester United Fan Club…from Ohio.

    -Scotty and Cooper

  23. Posted by GGGuest | February 18, 2011 at 6:31 PM

    “They now practice hot power yoga once a month together at an Upper East Side studio.

    “I just knew that he loved yoga, and I thought it’d be something good that we could do together,” explains Solomon.”

    I don’t think it was the Yoga that got him ahead, pretty sure if the special time after in the steam room that really paid off.

  24. Posted by Unemployed 99er | February 18, 2011 at 6:35 PM

    That’s all it takes to land a job?

  25. Posted by Gozer | February 18, 2011 at 6:40 PM

    “I think it automatically marks you as slightly alternative, creative and modern. . . ”

    or as a giant tool

  26. Posted by Alex Presidio | February 18, 2011 at 6:42 PM

    not that there’s anything wrong with being slightly alternative, creative and modern…

  27. Posted by Alexi Vayner | February 18, 2011 at 6:54 PM

    Oh…. That’s where I went wrong.

  28. Posted by Guestosaurus | February 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    they put the black in blackstone

  29. Posted by Guestosaurus | February 18, 2011 at 7:00 PM

    they put the black in blackstone

  30. Posted by Interns Needed | February 18, 2011 at 7:10 PM

    Private equity in Harlem?

    Bill Clinton’s Privates II is not a PE fund you idiot!

  31. Posted by Guest | February 18, 2011 at 7:20 PM

    +1

  32. Posted by guest | February 18, 2011 at 7:22 PM

    Key project is attempting to integrate KFC, Popeyes and watermelon.

    - Jay Solomon

  33. Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2011 at 7:29 PM

    Yes there is.

  34. Posted by A. Non E-Mouse | February 18, 2011 at 7:30 PM

    Yoga is for guys who couldn’t cut it on the debate team.

  35. Posted by Tony H | February 18, 2011 at 7:32 PM

    That’s it. I’m going to put P90X coach on my resume and follow in the footsteps of the other great athletes who made the transition to finance.

  36. Posted by Flan Rapist | February 18, 2011 at 7:34 PM

    I really hate it when some busts ass in yoga. Its revolting.

    Nouriel Roubini

  37. Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2011 at 7:43 PM

    real estate “private equity” as in – working for his friend’s dad who is renovationg a couple of townhomes he bought out of foreclosure last year.

  38. Posted by reLAX | February 18, 2011 at 7:54 PM

    I bet neither of you did.

    - champ ’05

  39. Posted by Guest | February 18, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    On my resume I point out that I can perform self fellatio. Gets them every time.
    Ping

  40. Posted by Guest | February 18, 2011 at 8:03 PM

    On my resume I point out that I can perform self fellatio. Gets them every time.
    Ping

  41. Posted by Guest | February 18, 2011 at 8:54 PM

    CL I don’t know how your mind suddenly went to an obscure Eurotrip reference, but I like the way you think.

  42. Posted by Lenny D. | February 18, 2011 at 9:40 PM

    You can’t lose.

  43. Posted by Guest | February 18, 2011 at 9:46 PM

    Was that an Anal_yst dis there at the end?

  44. Posted by Orange | February 18, 2011 at 10:08 PM

    I bet you didn’t.

    Cuse ’09, Champs

  45. Posted by Lowly CorpDev Guy | February 18, 2011 at 10:17 PM

    Me too; Christmas in February. One of the few times I am glad to be merely tangent to you guys in NY and CT. Houston and Vegas are going to see some good times.
    - Not East Texas Gas Trader

  46. Posted by Fanal_yst | February 18, 2011 at 11:02 PM

    Anal_yst will have you know that he is an advanced yoga practitioner. On his twitter he says:

    @[redacted] btw that you respond to critics speaks very highly of your character, 99% of peeps wouldn’t do so as you have, thanks

    So I’m sure he will be here soon to defend his character.

  47. Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    Just Bend over and take it!

  48. Posted by Finn Alexander | February 19, 2011 at 2:04 AM

    Did he wear a condom while doing yoga?

  49. Posted by Nobody | February 19, 2011 at 11:37 AM

    Thank god you didnt put Advanced Blowjob Specialist

  50. Posted by Adnmoh1 | February 20, 2011 at 1:39 AM

    plz stop with the nki its not the nki

  51. Posted by rab sleeping bags | March 29, 2012 at 7:24 AM

    In 14th-century England, hound (from Old English: hund) was the general word for all domestic canines, and dog referred to a subtype of hound, a group including the mastiff. It is believed this "dog" type of "hound" was so common it eventually became the prototype of the category “hound”.