A little background: Have huge passion for becoming a successful trader (who doesn't?) Got a math and economics degree from a top 25 university a year and a half ago Spent 6 months as an options market maker after college - made money but was fired when volatility dropped and orders dried up My question is, I live in the Chicago area and have been trying to get another gig for the past year with no luck. I feel like I've sent in an application to every place in Chicago and I've gotten about 5 interviews with no success. I'd really like to just start as a clerk at the CBOE or CBOT but I guess those jobs are hard to come by. The only place I really know to look for a clerking job is on Craigslist and a clerk position only seems to come up maybe once a month. Another point, my GPA in college wasn't very good - 2.9. It seems like that coupled with my "experience" which wasn't really long enough for me to catch on as an "experienced" candidate anywhere are knocking me out of consideration everywhere. Anyone have any pointers on firms that might be hiring or is it time to give up the trading dream? Thanks for any and all input.