Leaving IB Before Recruiting for PE
Been at an elite boutique in M&A in a major city (not NYC) for about 2 years now. At first, I was interested in continuing on as an associate (my firm allows A to A), but I'm leaning towards PE now. Given hours, I find myself exhausted, with little time to prep for PE recruitment. I know people on this forum are risk-averse and would say to continue in IBD while PE recruiting, but I definitely think I would find a PE job faster if I could dedicate myself full time to that. My firm hasn't historically been open to PE recruiting, but they are starting to change. Can't really get out of doing real, 80 hour a week work right now since we are extremely leanly staffed (aka 3rd years without any first year support on most projects).
Was wondering if anyone had quit after completing 2+ years as an IBD analyst (wanted a break / couldn't find time to recruit / travel) before trying to recruit for PE, and if so, how open recruiters were to talking with you? Are recruiters risk averse (i.e. they think there's something wrong with you if you didn't recruit while in IBD), or are they open to candidates that have taken a 1-3 month job break (I mean, they do get paid if they place someone)? Obviously, I'd mention just taking time to travel / family issues (this is actually true as well), instead of "hey I wanted a PE job but didn't have time to recruit".
Tangentially related, how open are PE firms to recruiting individuals who have taken some time off after doing their IBD stint? Obviously depends on the firm, but a general sense would be appreciated!