Now, what else should you do. If you think things are not going well, I would expand your search -- look for company internships, governmental summer positions, smaller/mid-size firms. Find something that will add to you resume and may have some potential of future employment. I realize the law firm route is more direct but with the market being as it is, you will need to be more creative. And yes, ask your contacts in the legal and business world for advice. HP got a IL summer job because HP asked HP's uncle if he knew any law firms with openings (uncle was in transportation business). Resume went to a law firm and HP got interviews. It turned out that HP's uncle sent it to his friend, who happened to be a private investigator for the firm. Sure, it wasn't an AM LAW 100/200 firm, but it was great experience and got a law job on HP's resume to position HP for 2l hiring. So, you never know. Don't be shy - make the ask!
Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Call backs but no offers
A few of you have wondered what to do if no offers have been made, despite several call backs interviews. As I mentioned before, you may still be on hold. Yes, you might be the second or third choice, but in the end, if you end up at a firm you like and they hire you full-time (because you've proven yourself), then who cares if you weren't the first choice. My suggestions would be to stay in touch periodically with the recruiting coordinator and let the know of your continued interest. This week, a candidate got an offer from me because the other potential that I had in mind had gone silent and I figured he or she wouldn't take our offer since didn't seem that interested. You may also want to drop an email to the Hiring Partner, especially if you met that person. We like people who show a strong interest because it means you are likely to accept. But remember, don't hound us, and please don't attempt to go over our heads with managing partners of offices, etc. We know what is going on and are doing the best we can to manage the numbers, particularly in this economy. We do not want to run into an oversubscription situation because we want to be able to give everyone full time offers at the end of the summer. We are being more cautious this year because we can't risk over-capacity. If you hear from our recruiting coordinator, it is probably because the HP has asked her or him to check in with you to see if you are still interested. This means we still are thinking of you.