crumpetsandtea wrote:What if you were born in the area but moved as a young child? Alternatively, what if you don't have strong ties but you would really actually like to live there? How would you pitch that to make it believable? Just try your hardest to sound sincere?
I'm asking from the perspective of mass-mailing, not OCI, so advice on things to say in a CL would be good too. TYIA guys <3
This is based largely on my OCI experience, but FWIW, I snagged CBs in places I had never been in the midwest and had no real ties to.
1) Identify in 2-3 sentences why you want to live there, beyond what the local tourism board says (have you ever visited, relatives there, college roommate from there, etc?). If all you've got is "I love Disney, so I really want to live in Orlando" I guess you've got to go with that. Frankly, if there was a city you really wanted to live in, and were nervous about your ties, I'd genuinely consider booking a quick weekend trip just so you can drop in some fresh stories about the place.
2) Identify any NU or other ties to the firm (former summers, current associates, etc). Reach out, phone call, email whatevs. Being able to honestly say "I talked to one of my good friends here, who is from Orlando, and he confirmed what I thought about what a great fit it is for me" goes a long way
3) While secondary firms will almost always ask, MAKE SURE YOU LET THEM KNOW THAT Orlando is the place for you. Usually secondary markets will try to sell the work life balance thing (we still do big interesting work, but I get to coach my kids little league, etc.), don't talk about how you like that about them, but do talk about how having a broader perspective, being able to see your kids (dog, whatever) matters to you. Talk about the weather, the seasons, the culture, whatever it is that makes you think that place is the happiest place on earth. Don't hold back on this.