bgdddymtty wrote:Let's talk cover letters. I've read templates, and of course I tried my hand at them last year, but I'm afraid they fell flat and/or just regurgitated my resume. Obviously, I'll be looking at each firm/office I bid/send materials to and trying to find something in their practice that I can mention as being of particular interest to me, but I still feel pretty lost. Tips? Tricks? Advice?
I wouldn't even bother tailoring them to particular firms if they are firms that come to OGI. I just made one template that had an intro, discussed my interest in the location briefly (for NY and DC firms), and then discussed my interest in private practice and working for a large firm specifically. I think the firms that want cover letters are only doing it to weed out the people who are too lazy to spend five minutes pasting in the name and address of the firm and the recruiter chick's name.
If you're targetting firms in secondary markets, you should be a little more convincing about location. The "I studied poli-sci in undergrad and so I would really like to do regulatory work in DC" crap isn't going to work for Charlotte. If you are mailing your cover letter to firms that aren't coming to OGI, then absolutely tailor the letters to the firms if you have time (which you do if you start preparing letters now). Look at Chambers or something, figure out what practice area(s) the firm excels in, and mention it in your letter.