This info applies to any job search, not just trading. 1) You want to get your resume to someone specific, if possible. "Sir/Madam" is a nice impersonal way to join the pile on the desk (if you're lucky) or the circular file (if you're not). 2) If some of these places are within driving distance of where you live, go visit them. Talk to the admin at the front...who knows what type of info you might get? Be presentable, friendly, energetic, and you might get a wealth of info. Who knows who you might run it to while you're there? 3) Do some digging to tailor your resume (and cover letter) to make it as specific as you can to the company you want to work for. Detail school projects that specifically would help you do the job. 4) Adopt a "what I can do for you" attitude and not "what's in it for me" In this economy you need to stand out from the pack. Show some drive and initiative and you might be rewarded.