Anonymous User wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:How hard is it to trade-up during 3L OCI? Or just trade cities?
I'm at a V30 for the summer. The only possible downside is the city. Although a major city, it is not the primary major city that I would like to be in full-time.
This is the exact situation I'm in. (As an aside, I'm not sure if I'm quoting myself. That post was from a few months ago, and I very well may have posted that).
How likely is it to "trade up" during fall 3L year in a non-OCI environment (think jobfairs, mass-mail)? 3L OCI is already pretty abysmal is severely lacking any real firms willing to hire. I can only imagine these other outlets being even worse.
I agree with the poster above that it may depend on the strength of your school. Regardless, you should work all your connections.
For instance, you can rely on:
* Professors who are tight with partners at a firm
* Friends at firms (define friend broadly, i.e. contact)
* Reaching out to firms to let them know you will be in the area
I have gotten positive responses from these methods, but it takes some planning. You have to reach out to the relevant people far enough in advance and be willing to be persistent. Leverage your other call-backs while they're still pending, as that increases urgency and shows you are a desirable commodity.
I never did a job fair, and my view is that I would be less successful because there would be a bunch of other people in the same position as me. I always preferred the personal connection. Same thing goes with mass-mailings. I always wanted to have a personal connection with the person receiving my resume. It goes a lot further. Usually a few emails back and forth with a person connected with the firm is good enough to get your resume hand delivered to the right person.