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Jul 11, 2017

Usually, before you apply you ask them. They can connect you with a hiring manager and you interview. Later you fill out the paperwork.

If you apply formally before and get rejected, there is not much they can do.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 11, 2017

I was wondering this too.

Jul 11, 2017

You can play it by ear depending on the kind of relationship you have with your contact at the firm(s). Generally it's not an issue at all and puts your name on the lookout. For the 1st round at the firm I interned, I reached out to the MD when I had applied and she got me the 1st round interview.

It's a very random process overall so you should never feel discouraged if you didn't get an interview, but your approach is good practice :)

Jul 11, 2017

If its someone you've been working with then yes.

Jul 11, 2017

If you went through a process similar to the one I describe in my networking overview, I do not think there is anything wrong with doing as you suggested. That being said, if you spent sufficient time networking, applying online should be merely an HR formality- your connection should have already passed along your resume.

Jul 11, 2017

The thing is, most of my connections aren't that great. I spoke to them on the phone for maybe 30 minutes but I'm not even sure if they remember me lol

Jul 11, 2017

Yeah always let them know. That way they remember your conversation and if they haven't passed along your materials, perhaps they can speak to you on the phone post-app, get a good feeling, and flag your resume for the interview process.

Jul 11, 2017

Does it come off as presumptuous tho?

Jul 11, 2017

just say something along the lines of "Hi --, I hope you are doing well. I wanted to follow up and let you that I've formally submitted an application for ---. Hope all is well." I normally don't attach a resume unless explicitly asked by the other party.

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Jul 11, 2017

yeah I would agree with quixotic. I followed his format but additionally thanked them again for taking the time to share their experiences with me.

Jul 11, 2017

Like the others said, kept it brief, thanked them and told them I'll let them know if I move forward. Also update them on how I've been doing if it's been more than 1-2 months since I talked with them.

I usually don't receive any responses to these. Few times had responses wishing me luck and once someone asking for my resume. Usually the ones I had good convos with too so I don't think it's out of politeness. Of course if you don't receive a reply it doesn't mean that you had a bad convo, they could just be busy.

Jul 11, 2017

I'd use slydial to leave a vm on their cell if you have it, especially if they're over 40. Emailing a banker essentially gives them a task to complete...to respond to you. It's less of a chore to text you back and you won't get buried under client messages.

Jul 11, 2017

When I get a voicemail from some number I don't recognize, I would usually have to find the time to walk out of the office (in case it's too personal or a recruiter) and call the number to retrieve my message... and likely have to sort through other unopened voicemail before I get to the latest one. I would prefer a short email any day.

Jul 11, 2017

i think you just let em know , reiterate the good chat you had with him and howd ud love to perhaps join the team

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Jul 11, 2017

Nope, should I know who that is?

Jul 11, 2017

You should've vined yourself applying online and then tagged him in it. I think he'd get the hint.

Jul 11, 2017

Email/call him/her

Jul 11, 2017

Bump

Jul 11, 2017

Assuming you've soft kept in touch with him (occasional emails, etc) just reach out again.

"John,

How are things going since we last ____(spoke, had coffee, committed acts of Biblical Sin, etc)? I recently submitted my resume for the sa position via ____ (their website, campus recruiting, whatever) and wanted to ask your opinion on how best to get mine seen.

If you have some free time it would be great to catch up (call, coffee, whatever is practical) and get your advice.

Thanks again for all of your help.

Regards,

You"

I fall on the side of don't blow smoke up my ass so just ask. We all know what you want and it's fine so make the ask. Maybe other senior people want something different but I'm pretty sure when a bunch of college kids cold reach out to me for coffee, advice, opinions regarding the market or whatever else they're not doing so because they think I'm cute, at least I hope not.

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