I work in consulting in a sector focused PE DD group. I am trying to recruit for PE/VC for sector specific funds that operate in the same sector. I am doing good networking at all of these funds, but I keep running into a problem:
My sector is a small world, and some of the people I network with have called the leadership of my group at the company I'm currently at and told them I'm talking with them! It is definitely not like IB where they expect you to go. They just call them up and say something along the lines of "Hey, you know this kid who just started, Making Gravy? Yea he's trying to go to VC/PE, we talked on the phone, heads up."
What do I do? It's almost a catch 22. If I don't network, I can't get in, but if I do network, half the people will just go tell the leadership of my practice.