So, I want to get ahead of the game for full time recruiting next fall, and I have some free time on my hands now that finals are over. I have the credentials (target school, GPA, consulting internship this summer) that should get me, but I only got an interview at 1/3 for internships. I am hoping that doing some serious networking will get me interviews at 3/3 for full time. Any general advice on how to get started on this would be most appreciated!
Also, a few specific questions:
How useful is it to simply send e-mails or linkedin messages to alums from my school the firms in question? Anything specific I should put in such e-mails?
What level of employees should I be targeting? Analysts? Consultants? Partners? Obviously partners have the most pull when it comes to these things, but is there any chance they will give a shit about an undergrad?
Also, how important is it for a connection to be in the office that I want to land in? For example, will opening contact with a consultant at Bain's SF office be any help if I want to land in Chicago or NYC?