If you are trying to get your foot in the door for a position such as a Financial Analyst you should consider the Jr. positions available that are s*** work, but get your foot in the door. Unless you have some great connections that can get you your ideal position, that is your best bet. Another route is if you have an accounting degree, work as a staff accountant for a couple years, and then transition over to an FA position. That is what I have done and you would be shocked by the demand for those with knowledge of accounting and an understanding of finance.
Jsandhu, have you had any luck?