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networking (aka asking friends at firms)

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:28 pm

Seems like a good way to get a job is to ask your friend at a biglaw firm to forward your resume once they have some pull.

What's the consensus on asking friends to get your resume into the door if they're at the same firm but different office? Ie: they're a firm in NYC but you're in Chicago. Would they even be able to help at all?

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Re: networking (aka asking friends at firms)

Postby MKC » Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:33 pm

This is not networking. This is figuring out how to apply.

What you should be doing is mentioning that you're considering applying, and if they offer, mentioning in your cover letter that you spoke with them. Also, if they offer, it is great to have an attorney at the firm forward your resume & cover letter to HR to avoid having your materials end up in the Great Unread Pile.
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Re: networking (aka asking friends at firms)

Postby Toni V » Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:40 pm

Don’t be shy to ask. Some firms financially reward associates for recommending someone who is ultimately hired. Quid pro quo.

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Re: networking (aka asking friends at firms)

Postby Lacepiece23 » Tue Nov 08, 2016 5:58 pm

Yeah my friends would help if I asked and vis versa. I'm not sure I understand. If they are your friends who work there why wouldn't you ask them to help? Doesn't everyone want their friends to get a job?

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Re: networking (aka asking friends at firms)

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Nov 08, 2016 6:07 pm

OP here
Thanks for the responses. I'm not shy to ask (in fact my friends have offered). However, they're in a different market.

I went to school in NYC and moved to a different city (City Y). Couple of my friends have told me if I want to move back to NYC, they'll forward my resume to HR at their firms. However, I haven't asked them about helping me get a job at their firm in my city because I'm not sure how that works or how effective that is.

Anyone know?



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