What am I doing wrong?

I am currently a UK doctor with a management degree from a target university and a boutique consulting internship. Have some management experience at an SMO but no Middle Eastern consultancy will grant me an interview

Have plenty of referrals, people rock my CV and cover letter but every company keeps saying I don't fit their requirements?

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Agree 100% Never take a no for an answer, but getting into consulting in the Uk is easier but for MBB (as of the competing candidates) in comparison to ME + promotions happen in a lot shorter time in the Uk. if I may suggest you do with Uk for sometime and then u shouldn’t have issues with that in ME

Have a starting point say with big4 if you haven’t managed MBB obviously, good luck

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You’re not Lebanese

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@D1 can we be friends? 😂

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Mostly it’s easier for them if you speak Arabic, but could be a ton of reasons. There’s a lot of favouritism in Middle East as far as Ive seen, then there’s a factor of experience within consulting as well. It’s just luck too, they don’t have as many openings as North America or UK so you have to just keep trying / pushing through

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Analyst 1 - this is the issue I'm finding, it seems Manager referrals don't cut the mustard and I don't really have that big of a network to get a partner referral - certainly they don't seem to reply on LinkedIn

Really really weird. An MD with a business degree from a top uni and no response? Not usual at all.

Would look at:
1. Story (why ME? Cultural, family, language, what connects you to the region that makes you not a flight risk?)
2. Profile (objectively, are your achievements and history really as good as you're saying?)

Could be due to the recent slowdown in hiring, so may just be a timing issue.

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Hi M1 - I really thought so too. My Imbellus performance was really good as well but I didn't get an interview whilst my friend who applied to the London office got one and had much lower scores.

Would it be okay to DM you and share my profile just for a quick glance. I've been racking my brains over what I could be missing?

Start messaging partners directly and asking for a chat.

I've been doing this and about 30% will stalk my profile and then ignore me. I think I've only ever managed to grab a chat with about a 5% success rate.

As an aside - I managed to chat with a S& partner who said he really liked my motivation and background but that because of my position I was too senior for an associate position and didn't have enough consulting experience for a senior associate so they wouldn't really know where to put me.

This makes me worried because this seems to suggest that I could never break into consulting based on my position.

DM me your cv

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