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    What does everyone think? Can they make any difference?

    If so what kind of difference can they actually make when you are making an application?
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    Short answer: useful.

    Longer answer: they may not end up making any difference at all, but that's not really something you can say with any certainty because the chances are if they are making a difference for you, it will all be behind the scenes and you won't know about it anyway. However...having them there isn't gonna detriment your application is it.
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      I'm pretty explicit if I'm helping someone enough and prepared to put my own backside on the line at some level. I'm explicit because they need to know that they've got to perform.
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      Definitely very useful in the City. It could make the difference to you getting the job. It all depends how good your contact is. If its a close contact - family friend, family - then ask them if they will speak to their manager and HR on your behalf about recruiting you. What will happen is that if your contact has the necessary authority then you will be contacted by HR about filling in an application and joining the graduate applications, although they will know that you are to be treated differently. Otherwise you could ask your contact to arrange for you to come in and work in his company for a few weeks, perhaps over the holidays, and while you are there both you and your contact can make it clear to the managers that you want a job there. Graduate recruitment is so difficult that the HR department will welcome having an applicant they know definitely wants to work in this role.

      http://www.curriculumvital.com
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      I've found networking as important as performing in getting a job. It's an industry built around people, so knowing someone who can put in a good word goes a long way.
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      There is that saying about IB, it's who you know not what you know.

      I can't speak from any experience but a lot of the people who get top jobs are friends, relatives or protégées of somebody with power of influence within the sector.
     
     
     
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