I was never really that interested in NYC; I've spent most of my time looking at my home market and markets in my UG region. But the markets around my UG are small and/or insular, and firms in my home market are pretty much only looking at litigators right now (if they're even hiring at all). I really want to do corporate/transactional, and I recognize that NYC has (a) more jobs and (b) more transactional jobs than anywhere else.
So, first question: is it worth trying to mass mail NYC firms with my stats?
And second question: if so, what places might I be particularly competitive at, and/or what places do I have no shot at. I can mail a form letter to every firm on NALP without a problem, but are there some places worth a more personal touch? Conversely, where would sending more than a form letter be utterly futile? (I.e., I know I'm not getting WLRK or Skadden, but if there's a line dividing "no shot" and "so you're telling me I have a chance," I'd like to know where it is.)
tl;dr: I have above-average but less-than-stellar stats from Notre Dame...which NY firms do I have a fighting chance at?