why your excuses for not mass mailing today are full of shit:
soj wrote:i keep hearing all these snowflake excuses for why mass mailing doesn't apply to you, but all of these excuses are actually reasons you should be mass mailing to more firms in more markets with greater urgency. where's the killer instinct?
excuse: i'm targeting a small market.
so you should be mass mailing every firm in that market, plus firms in second, third, fourth, and fifth choice markets.
excuse: i want to end up in the same market as my so.
so you should be mass mailing firms in every conceivable market you and your so might end up.
excuse: i already have a summer job offer.
so you should be mass mailing every firm where you might conceivably accept an offer over the offer you have. is your offer from your very top choice firm? is no other firm even close?
excuse: i'm top 10% at hys.
are you only applying to s&c? you're probably still applying to some firms where you need to interview minimally well (and if you're applying to highly selective boutique firms, very well) to get an offer. some interview practice won't kill you, and interviewing is a great way of researching different firms, markets, and practice areas.
excuse: my grades are too low.
so you should be taking advantage of every opportunity. miracles happen.
excuse: i'm too busy to mass mail.
excuse: i'm too busy to do callbacks.
no. i'm pretty sure most firms let you take a personal day or at least a morning or afternoon with enough notice. if you're working in pi/gov, you're not being paid enough to be held hostage.
excuse: i'm happy at my 1l firm.
yeah, and water is wet. every unhappy associate was once a happy summer associate. doesn't mean you shouldn't even consider other opportunities, especially at this early stage in your career when there's literally no risk to doing so. people leave firms, and even as early as next summer, your favorite associates to work with might be gone and replaced by less pleasant people. have you already been offered a full-time position? some 1l summer positions don't even lead to 2l summer positions, let alone full-time offers. some firms require 1l summers to stay their full 2l summer to be eligible for an offer (i.e. a touchback would be insufficient). and if all that your firm requires is a touchback, shouldn't you be trying to find a firm to split with?
excuse: i'm going to mass mail next week.
nope. do it today.
excuse: i can't afford to travel.
weak. mass mails can lead directly to callbacks or phone screeners followed by callbacks. firms generally pay travel costs for callbacks. get the interview first and then decline if you must.
excuse: i'm only getting rejections, so what's the point?
mass mails are supposed to lead to rejections. speaking from personal experience, i got rejected by most firms i mass mailed, but i did get callbacks or other "are you still interested in our summer program?" emails from a good number of firms. but a lot of those emails came several months after i applied, long after i'd given up on those firms and accepted another offer. recruiters hold on to your applications and may contact you if near the end of the recruiting process they realize they overestimated yield.
excuse: im probably gonna do pi anyway.
excuse: I already mass mailed my home market.
there are other markets in the country.