Can't even get to the first round of interviews

I'm at a top 10 university, projected to get a 2:1 in economics, have held a part-time job for as long as I've been in university, have a solid CV, and I'm only getting rejections. I did kinda average on the online assessments for the BBs that rejected me, apart from one, I did really well and my assessment report made it seem like I'd at least get a first round interview. I was pretty confident about hearing back, I did, and it was to reject me. I applied to 30+ firms, and sure it's only the first 5 that I've heard back from that have been rejections, but it's very worrying since I got rejected from the one place whose tests I know I outperformed the majority in. If I don't get an internship, I don't know what I'll do.

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Sep 20, 2022 - 7:29pm
AME733, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I realise being able to say you have an employee referral on your application can help, but other than that, what can I do in terms of networking that will genuinely help? Do I need to become the son in law of a boutique's MD, do I just cold message people on LinkedIn? Everyone preaches about networking but what do I actually do? Any advice would be appreciated.

Sep 20, 2022 - 7:32pm
waccamole88, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Basically when recruiting time comes along, employees are asked to flag candidates they've spoken with. You need to have multiple people in a group (or a senior person) flag your resume in order to get an interview.

If you aren't networking, it's likely that your resume is going in the trash.

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Sep 21, 2022 - 6:28pm
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Networking is not applicable in the UK. It won't get interviews, but it will give you something to speak about in interviews.

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Sep 20, 2022 - 8:44pm
AngelOfMusic, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When you network are you building and maintaining an actual relationship? I get kids all the time wanting to chat. We speak and then 6 months later they tell me they applied for an internship or FT role….that email gets ignored. But when I see a seat just opened up on a team somewhere, the people I think about are the ones who hit me up every month just asking what's up and to see what my thoughts were on the last UFC card. Idk how you do it so dont take offense but networking is 100% the way to go and get into banking. I got in solely on my ability to connect with people, build connections so they always had me in mind. 9 months of talking to the same MD every month about football, basketball and every sport really and asking how his toddler was doing, got me an interview and the role. It's also a huge numbers game. Talk to as many people as you can, become "friends" with them and just keep on going. The ones who make it that didn't have dad make a phone call are the ones who didn't give up

Sep 20, 2022 - 8:48pm
AME733, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Appreciate the advice, I actually just took that approach on my most recent reach out instead of mentioning that I applied for an internship at their bank (even before I read your comment). I'll keep that in mind with my future communications. 

Sep 22, 2022 - 5:23pm
2_cents, what's your opinion? Comment below:

As someone who is in the midst of the networking grind, how often would you suggest a followup email for every connection? I do genuinely enjoy staying in touch with the people who's taking time to take my calls, but I've been told that once a month is too much / gets annoying. 

Sep 27, 2022 - 4:12pm
started2young, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Once a month way too much IMO; I would say try to talk about every six months to a year depending on how well you get along with them but I would think about it more as updating them when something's noteworthy (e.g., you get a job, you start/finish an internship, etc)

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