I believe I'm a strong candidate, having a lot of trouble with recruiting
It's my first post so let me introduce myself; my name is crabcakes and I've just graduated with a degree in finance (I'm in Australia so target schools aren't a massive thing here). Graduated with okay grades, not great but not bad by any means.
A bit of a run-down on me:
- Worked 18 months (full-time) at a wealth management firm while going to night school (also full time)
- Interned at a private equity fund in the US (no return offer, I took the internship with the understanding they would not be able to offer me full-time since they
just finished a big round of recruiting)
- Was part of a student run hedge fund where I met a lot of people in the industry and have tried using those contacts for networking.
Now here's the problem:
I've just graduated and I am STRUGGLING in the recruiting process. I've applied for jobs left and right, have had like 2 interviews (one at a PE fund which ghosted me). All of the people I've networked with have told me I'm not doing anything wrong, I should just keep applying.
I feel like I should be a strong candidate? I've got full-time experience is something (remotely) related to finance? I've had a bit of deal experience? I'm networking but that doesn't seem to lead anywhere? I know it's a process but I've been applying/networking seriously for atleast 6 months now (graduated a month ago) and I honestly feel like I'm no closer to a job I want. Honestly, the only reason I can think off for not getting jobs/interviews is my name (I have a very foreign sounding name even though I'm a native English speaker with full working rights).
So what do I do? I've had a call from a BB for a middle office role (market risk analyst for their AM business). Should I take this (assuming I get it), work on my CFA and then try going through the recruiting process again next year?