Career Advice for Lawyers by a Hiring Partner-
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Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Proof Your Docs, People
I mentioned this in an earlier post, but today's 2L blunder is worth repeating. Our recruiting coordinator passed along the resume of a 2L male at a good law school. He grades were quite good; he was on law review. His work experience and language capabilities were also very interesting. Normally he would merit a screen, or maybe even a call back because he is local. But, I dinged him. Why?? No, HP wasn't just in a crappy mood. This supposed law review dude put in his e-mail cover 2 references to a different law firm as in "Attached is my resume for consideration for XYZ law firm's summer program (let's say we are ABC firm). If that mail merge disaster wasn't enough, he then said something like "my research has confirmed that XYZfirm'sxxxyyy practice (a practice we DON'T have) would fit my interests and experience." To make matters worse, when you opened the actual cover letter, it had our firm name, sort of. The firm name was not correctly spelled and the name was off. So, to quote the dearly departed Bernie Mac, "I ask you AMERICA"...what kind of law review student is this? ATTENTION TO DETAIL PEOPLE! GEEZ.
Yes, I am a hiring partner who felt that our latest generation of lawyers and law students really needed some advice and guidance. Who knew the economy would totally tank and they would REALLY need guidance? I just share some observations, some experiences, and some lessons mom and dad should have taught you. Come along for the fun! HP can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org