Rising Junior from target struggling to get interviews

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Anonymous Monkey

I've been a lurker for a while, but this is my first time posting on the forum. I'm a rising junior with a 3.6 GPA at a top Ivy, relevant on-campus experience, summering CorpFin at a large company currently in a merger, and I've been following all of the "regular" steps in terms of networking, studying techs, and applying.

I'm mainly targeting IBD, but Equity Research, as well. However, I'm still struggling to get interviews or even responses from professionals. I'm beginning to stress out because of how early recruiting has been and how many offers have already been given out. Plus, a lot of firms seem to be done/close to done recruiting, which doesn't really help my situation.

At this point, I am posting this mainly to see if there's anyone (preferably in the industry), who can offer some honest advice and feedback, on my resume and my overall narrative, outside of formal networking calls/coffee chats. I feel pretty desperate doing this, but I'm genuinely interested in investment banking, and have been grinding away to no avail. I don't know what I'm doing wrong, so I would be grateful to anyone who can point out my mistakes and offer any advice. Appreciate anyone who takes time to read this. Thanks.

Edit: Coming from a very humble background, this process has been quite lonely and I've had to learn a lot on my own, so it's been very tough both mentally and physically to see such menial results from so much effort. That being said, please spare pity or anything of the sort -- I've never had much with which to work, and don't expect to have much now. All I'm looking to do is force my foot in through the door and kill any interview I get; I'm confident in my ability to do so, but again, waiting around for that opportunity hasn't worked. Just want some honest feedback on exactly what steps I need to take to position myself for an offer by the end of the summer. Thanks again.

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Jul 6, 2018