I am on the cusp of sending cold emails to various analysts, associates, and VP's at Boutique and Middle Market Investment Banks in specifically the Boston area. I recognize the importance of networking for a non-target; however, I want to make sure before I start networking with the relatively limited number of Investment Bankers in Boston that I get it right the first time.
I come from a non-target, state school (couldn't stomach the student loans at far better schools) but I sport a 4.0 GPA in my 2nd semester of Junior Year. My resume includes these internships: Quantitative Analyst in Corporate Finance at a F200 firm (constant interaction with MDs due to the scale of projects I took upon myself), Corporate Strategy at another public company (interaction with C level executives due to great projects), and Computer Science projects that include using Neural Networks to project future line items on the financial statements and sentiment analysis for small tech companies to determine riskiness (fun). In addition, I hold various leadership positions: at the Investment Club in School, Youth Director for religious institution (tons of hours here, should I include this, too sensitive?), and even wrote a 30+ page book on leadership in Finance.
My problem is: I have a feeling from the information on WSO that it's going to be hard to get people to talk to me because of my school - they won't be interested in me. But then, I take a look at my resume and see that I have great experiences that, in my opinion, heavily overcompensate. If only there was a way to show my resume and experience!
I was wondering how to best approach the topic i've outlined. I know some of you advocate for attaching a resume to cold-emails but many others do not recommend it even in special circumstances. The goal of networking is supposed to first establish a connection not pitch yourself for a job, or at least that's how its supposed to look like.
Some solutions various people have given me:
- Include LinkedIn in signature, and attach resume to Linkedin.
- Include an overview of my experience in the cold email.
- Connect on LinkedIn rather than cold-email so people can see the resume you attached on LinkedIn.
- Ask them to check out my LinkedIn on the cold-email.
I also wanted to extrapolate this topic to other Financial Analyst jobs (non-IB) and Consulting - how do I get people to not turn me down just from my school, especially when networking pre-job applications, etc.