This doesn't only apply for IB but anything in the larger banks. I am in the process of networking and building relationships. I have spoke to nearly 30 bankers/traders in the past 2 weeks. Many of them tell me to keep in touch with them particularly once recruiting season starts up again. My question is this... what is the behind the scenes process of how someone within a large firm can help you? I mean do they physically recommend you to HR/forward your resume. Is there an e-mail blast to the firm asking for names that they recommend or have spoken to? I don't know if my question is very clear so I'm trying to explain as best possible.