Cold calling/emailing, walking in

Hey Everyone,UK 2nd year student here.

I have done 105 applications for summer internships so far and haven't been able to secure an offer yet. I will still be applying through websites as they open.Last year I cold emailed 85 firms and managed to secure 2 internships and built a good CV.

I want to further develop my strategy of getting an internship from boutiques. Should I continue just emailing, or should I start calling and going into offices as well? Would trying to connect and get a coffee with Associates/VPs be a better strategy?Please give some advice on what I should do to secure an IB(preferably) or AM internships.

If you are a senior, I would love to connect and pitch myself for a potential internship.

Yours Sincerely,
Someone

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  • Associate 3 in IB-M&A
2mo 

Definitely do not do this. You will not get past the receptionist, and it's also just creepy. I'm not from the UK, but from what I hear networking is not at all a big thing there like it is the US, so take the advice on this site with a grain of salt as it's US based. Your school and grades will be most important for UK recruiting. That said, clearly your cold email is going pretty well (2 internships / 85 emails is an incredible rate, most people are shooting 300-400 emails for one internship) so I would keep doing it

I would also change your username as WSO is an anonymous website

2mo 
UK2ndYear, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hey, Thank you for the reply! I asked about walking in as I saw it on Quora(yeah..). I thought it was creepy as well lol. I will continue with emailing then. My grades first year were good and seems like they are going to stay the same.

I also changed the name. Thanks for all the comments!!

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2mo 
Balls to the Wallstreet, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I'm in a similar position and have very similar experience. Would love to connect. DM if you would like to?

  • Intern in IB - DCM
2mo 

What uni

2mo 
UK2ndYear, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Thanks for the kind words. Yeah I think it is a decent uni, recently 2 of us got IBD GS HireVue. But damn, looking at target schools, they take out all the spots. But I understand it, an employer would want the best candidate. Unfortunately I couldn't go to likes of LSE because I am from a different part of the world, so had to take a foundation degree. 

What uni are you from? would love to connect

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
1mo 

Don't listen to the haters. they're just mad they didn't think to do this, and instead focused on cold-email and cold-calls that got a .05% hit rate. If you do this, make sure you bring a copy of your resume (printed on a nice, 32 lb paper) for each MD in the office to have. When you get there, make sure you personally hand-deliver to resume to each intended recipient. If they are in a meeting, remember: a client is NOT more important than you. Have confidence!

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1mo 
UK2ndYear, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Regarding that, many boutiques have very strict office entry receptionists. What should my strategy be to have a chance at going through?

Should I try standing outside offices? The other day I asked someone coming out an office turns out he is a CFO for massive PE.

I am someone that doesn't care about awkwardness, I am willing to do anything to get an IB internship.

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
1mo 

Standing outside the office is a good idea! You'll come across as desperate, and if getting a job is anything like dating, this is what makes people want you!

However, if it's too cold and you left your coat at home, you can try applying for a job with the building's cleaning staff. That will give you access to the office. The rest should be pretty straightforward. 

1mo 
Kevin25, what's your opinion? Comment below:

if you really didn't pick up sarcasm in the second to last sentence, then there's no chance you'll make it in banking.

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  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
1mo 

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1mo 
UK2ndYear, what's your opinion? Comment below:

From the amount of sarcasm, I sense that it is a big no. I was just asking to see people's opinions, wasn't stating that I was going to do it

  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
1mo 

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