1. The Bear Stearns Casualty
RESIDES: Jersey City, New Jersey
Moved here from India in 1993, then finished a four-year engineering degree in three years. Worked as a techie with Reuters, got a masters in computational finance from Carnegie Mellon, and spent three years as a risk consultant at Deloitte and Touche. At Bear Stearns, monitored trades for two hedge funds until they went bankrupt. Moved over to the firm's credit-trading desk and got laid off in August.
What He's Looking For:
A risk-management role at an investment bank, private-equity firm, or hedge fund. Bhargava isn't bitter about Bear's downfall and has kept busy giving tennis lessons in Jersey City. Still, he sees ex-colleagues landing jobs "pretty easily," while his own interviews have so far led nowhere.
Desired Salary: $115,000