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Downward Dog Position Is Key To Getting Ahead On Wall Street, Says Private Equity Guy Who Included “Some Bull Sh*t” About Yoga On His Resume

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. Everyone has a creative cousin.

  2. guest says:

    I bet he played lacrosse in prep school too.

  3. Anonymous says:

    My secretary loves the downward facing dog

  4. Dr. Rosenrose says:

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

  5. The Observer says:

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

  6. Ping says:

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

  7. Meow Meow Moment says:

    It is our bonus day.

    • Lowly CorpDev Guy says:

      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

  8. broheim says:

    Private equity real estate fund in… Harlem?

  9. broheim says:

    Private equity real estate fund in… Harlem?

  10. Disappointed LP says:

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

  11. Disappointed LP says:

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

  12. Disappointed LP says:

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

  13. guest says:

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

    One foot away from the holy grail.

  14. Anonymous says:

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

  15. returnofthemack says:

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

  16. GGGuest says:

    “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.

  17. Unemployed 99er says:

    That’s all it takes to land a job?

  18. Gozer says:

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

    or as a giant tool

  19. Alexi Vayner says:

    Oh…. That’s where I went wrong.

  20. Interns Needed says:

    Private equity in Harlem?

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

    • guest says:

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

      – Jay Solomon

    • Anonymous says:

      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.

  21. A. Non E-Mouse says:

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

  22. Tony H says:

    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.

  23. Flan Rapist says:

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

    Nouriel Roubini

  24. Guest says:

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

  25. Guest says:

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

  26. Guest says:

    Was that an Anal_yst dis there at the end?

  27. Fanal_yst says:

    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.

  28. Anonymous says:

    Just Bend over and take it!

  29. Did he wear a condom while doing yoga?

  30. Nobody says:

    Thank god you didnt put Advanced Blowjob Specialist

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