Non Alumni Networking?

I'm from a semi-target school, at least enough that we have a recruiting team of alumni from my college. I've been networking and built some strong relationships with some associates / analysts however they're not alumni at my school. Are they able to still help if they wanted to or is it ultimately up to the college recruiting team?

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  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Jun 8, 2020 - 5:59pm

Still will be able to help but less so (just from my experience).

I recruit for a EB for my school (target for our firm). The alumni in the firm for that school get together and we go through a stack of resumes. We'll pick around 20-25 to give first round interviews. There will be 10-15 consensus first rounds (based on stats, diversity, etc). The next 5-10 is based more based on networking. If a fellow alumni from my school is advocating that we interview x kid for whatever reason (assuming his/her resume isn't terrible) we'll interview the kid. I will also have 2-3 kids that have networked with me that I'll try to advocate for.

So now imagine if some analyst/associate that isn't from my school forwarded your resume to me. Unless the analyst/associate has raving reviews about you, I'll probably want to push kids that networked with me personally.

So while yes it does help, probably better off targeting your actual alumni network. People might disagree but just my thoughts.

 
  • Analyst 2 in IB-M&A
Jun 8, 2020 - 6:52pm

Its harder to land interviews hence why people want to go to target/semi targets schools for IB vs non targets.

You won't get rejected but it will be harder for you to get responses from non-alumni.

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