Lots of applications, absolutely no interviews.
I'm a recent graduate from a semi-target (BBs recuit for back office here... sometimes.) My biggest weakness is a lack of an IB internship while in college. I've been networking as much as I can for half a year now and applying online. I’ve had a LOT of networking calls, all through alumni and referrals, but most have concluded with one of three things:
1. “This is an awful time for the industry.”
2. "I’m not really sure what to tell you, we mostly hire from interns”
3. “You’re doing all the right things… just keep talking to people.”
I've applied to maybe... 40 - 50 positions at BBs over the past four months. For roles I REALLY wanted, I also emailed MDs in the teams, and sometimes got responses. I have not had a single interview for a real IB role; I recently did interview with a BB for a support role and got some good contacts.
So, my question is - is this normal, or do I need to change up my game plan? Should I stay persistent, or just assume I'm majorly under-qualified everywhere? My main back up plan is to try for fall resumes.
Here's my resume:
Thanks a ton for your feedback!