windowcactus wrote:I have a networking question. For informational interviews, does everyone setup face-to-face meetings? Does anyone setup phone interviews? I would prefer phone interviews because it takes up less time and you can reach out to more people, but it might be less likely to turn into an interview.
Face to Face is the way to go, especially if you believe that you come across well in person. Phone intervies I find to be sort of awkward, especially when both people start talking at the same time or there are long pauses in the convo, but I have gotten callbacks from good phone informational interviews. I would say that out of the 10 callbacks I received (all of them from networking), about 8 were from face to face meetings with partners in transactional groups I was interested in. The others were phone interviews. My grades were so bad that I didn't receive one call back from OGI screeners.
Networking as a 3L is really really tough, becuase now everyone assumes you are looking for a job and that you werent good enough to get one (not desireable enough). I still recommend doing it though because you never know. If I was a 3L without a job now I would be doing these things:
(1) Really narrowing down what you want to do and trying to learn everything about that area; (2) Networking with alumni that work in that area; (3) Work on interviewing and good answers to hard questions (like why arent you employed); (4) School-work (doesnt freaking matter at this point)
I think #1 is the most important because even if you do not get something this year, you will start to actually learn practical knowledge that will make you hirable to someone down the line.