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"We will keep your materials on file should anything change..."

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:37 pm

Has anyone ever received an email back from a firm rejecting them, but then saying "We will keep your materials on file should anything change..."? If you had, did you or do you know anyone who saw anything come of that? Or is it just a soft rejection? (Guessing the latter)

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Re: "We will keep your materials on file should anything change..."

Postby Roy McAvoy » Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:45 pm

Plenty of times. It's (arguably) a more polite ding.

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Re: "We will keep your materials on file should anything change..."

Postby Anonymous User » Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:46 pm

It's boilerplate.

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Re: "We will keep your materials on file should anything change..."

Postby toast and bananas » Tue Oct 31, 2017 1:52 pm

Roy McAvoy wrote:It's (arguably) a more polite ding.


I'm not sure I think it is polite, but I'm sure they think it is, which is why they do it. Why keep someone's hopes up like that if they could just say "thanks, but all SA positions are filled" and accomplish the same thing? I'm sure it's happened on occasion, but I've never heard of a firm saying "never mind" to its rejection.

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Re: "We will keep your materials on file should anything change..."

Postby Tr3 » Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:13 pm

I've had an employer contact me about a year after receiving a "we'll hold your info" email. It wasn't a law firm, though.

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Re: "We will keep your materials on file should anything change..."

Postby lolwat » Tue Oct 31, 2017 2:13 pm

I have actually had follow-ups. I can only think of one firm off the top of my head, but I could swear there were maybe 2 or 3 employers (firms and otherwise). But that's out of hundreds, if not thousands, of apps that I've sent over the many years during law school and my clerkship.

Probably even rarer for SA positions, and for biglaw firms. Smaller firms or other employers can have their hiring needs change a lot more quickly and often.

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Re: "We will keep your materials on file should anything change..."

Postby immikeyiiirock » Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:13 pm

It's their way of saying "please don't call or contact us again...We'll call YOU [probably never]"

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Re: "We will keep your materials on file should anything change..."

Postby anon sequitur » Tue Oct 31, 2017 3:19 pm

Yeah this is just a way of saying you don’t need to follow up with anything, it’s out of your hands now. It helps with the 1% of people with no boundaries.

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Re: "We will keep your materials on file should anything change..."

Postby gaddockteeg » Tue Oct 31, 2017 6:51 pm

Yeah, I always interpreted it to mean: don't email us again because we have your stuff already.

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Re: "We will keep your materials on file should anything change..."

Postby ManoftheHour » Tue Oct 31, 2017 9:35 pm

It's a rejection.



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