Ideally, I am looking for entry-level positions in the real estate industry either in development/project management, market research and analysis (trends, highest and best use), or consulting. But I am also interested in urban revitalization/economic development consulting in the private sector. My target area is the Northeast or Chicago, with the New York Metro area being my 1st choice. The problem is I am having the most difficult time leveraging my experience and education to get the positions I am interested in.
I went to a top-ranked HYP Ivy for undergrad. Then went straight to grad school at MIT for my Masters in City Planning. My work experience = internships with big city economic development and planning agencies, a planning consulting firm, a real estate development firm, and the planning and real estate arm of a major university. I developed a strong skill set in economic development planning skills, real estate concept development, and entitlements.
I keep my eyes peeled for post-graduation work. I have applied for everything that I am interested in and qualified for. I get few callbacks even though I am told that my resume is perfect. Yet I haven't landed a position. What do you suspect I have done wrong, could do better, and should do now? Is anyone else having this problem?