Headhunters contacting SAs.

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Rank: Monkey | 32

Hey monkeys,

I just wanted to hear the community's thoughts on whether this situation is commonplace or not.

I'm a current third year at a non-target starting my SA at a top M&A group within the next few weeks and updated my LinkedIn profile a couple weeks ago to add my new Bank/group/city/etc.

Anyway, a headhunter contacted me a couple days ago on LinkedIn, acknowledged that I won't be FT until 2012, but still asked if I would like to keep in touch for future PE/HF opportunities in 2014/2015.

I looked at the guys' contacts and he has page upon page of other top-group bankers, so I have little reason to believe he's disingenuous.

I suppose the crux of this post though is twofold:

1.) Is this guy for real? Is this when a lot of headhunters start connecting? or is this just a case of ridiculous talent speculation?

2.) If I want to go to a top PE fund after my analyst stint, should I ALREADY be thinking about that application? It seems so ridiculous, I literally haven't even started yet.

Relevant help is much appreciated.


Comments (5)

May 15, 2011

Never heard of headhunters targeting SAs but I have heard of this kind of thing happening for new FT analysts and it is for real. I have a friend who, just a few weeks after signing for S&T at a BB, got invitations to interview at PE firms. But, since you are an intern, I would do more research before taking him seriously.

May 15, 2011

There's no harm in getting connected with him. It might seem weird to your superiors that you're already connecting to headhunters, but in that case, just make your connections private. If the headhunter is still in the industry in 2014/15, then you'll have one less thing to worry about for PE recruiting.

May 15, 2011

obviously keep in contact with the guy from now. Consider yourself lucky.

May 15, 2011

cant hurt to keep in contact

May 15, 2011

"The shepherd always tries to persuade the sheep that their interests and his own are the same." -Stendhal