Dear community: I'd like to hear your thoughts on referral. Last year, I didn't pass the CV screening of 2 firms (MBB), even though I had referrals (junior level and unfamiliar people).
This year, apart from brushing up my CV / work experience, I am struggling with finding a powerful referral. My questions are:
(1) Does referrals have the power to influence who to be selected for interviews?
(2) Best level for referral?
I've heard consultant / project leader gets referral bonus, so they may have more motivation to help. But principal / partner have more decision power to decide who gets interviewed. Should I try to cold mail more senior people in order to get their referral?
Thanks so much!