Hello Prep Lounge Community
I guess I am left with no choice but start looking for a powerful referral so I would like some tips.
I am a PhD from a non target campus of a target school. I am an honors scholar, GPA is very high, from undergrad to PhD GPA ~3.9/4.0. I have a Patent and I have 5 years of experience at a global fortune 500 automotive company as a project lead, received a bold leadership award from my employer and the honors scholar award from my school. All that is not being seen and my resume keeps getting rejected, I am refusing to give up (yet) I have been trying to break into consulting since 2018, while my PhD graduation date led to my applications get rejected in 2018, in 2019 I was not lucky to be selected neither for the advanced degree programs nor to full time positions.
if all these achievements do not speak of a good candidate profile, I do not know what else does ! Now it is even harder as most of them considers me experienced professional because my graduation date is June 2020 !
Please note that I have had my resume reviewed by an MBB recruiter ,a consultant friend, and the career center at my school and it is very well tailored to the consulting job and what they look for.
I have had chats with consultants by using cold emailing techniques and one MBB partner but I do not see how would I ask for a second and a third chat or even for a referral after a 20 mins phone chat.
it is worth noting that I went to a target school for undergrad which is the biggest and main target school for MBB in the middle east not the US.
Could you please share some insight or should I blame it on luck and the universe?
Thank you in advance for all the feedback :)