Coming from a European country with no tradition in investment banking, studying domestically an irrelevant subject (Engineering) at an unknown uni to investment bankers (even though it is top 100 in Engineering globally) and with minimal experience and a poorly made resume, but at the same time fascinated by the world of finance and the work ethic of bankers, a few years ago I decided to apply online to numerous London summer positions of EBs and one or two BBs (think Citi/Barclays/CS/UBS).
Of course I was rejected almost instantly which left me very saddened but also determined to make it. I enhanced my grades, I took 2 internships (commercial banking and engineering project management), I graduated in the top 20% percentile and I am about to work at a Big 4 in an off-cycle CF internship starting next month. I also took the GMAT and I have great chances of getting to a top European B-School for an MSc Fin by 2020 and finally pursue my career at an international hub like London.
However, the firms to which I applied 2 years ago are the firms I daydream working for, and I always fear that I will be blacklisted from the embarrassing application I submitted back then if they actually keep the resumes on file.
So guys, do you know how long do banks tend to keep resumes on their servers? Do they ever look at those or the positions you have applied in the past? I would love to have the chance to apply there again and be able to compete for a position.
TL;DR: How long do banks keep resumes on their database and do they consider past CVs uploaded and saved on future applications?