Alumni reaching out email response rate and expectations

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Alumni reaching out email response rate and expectations

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Nov 17, 2017 2:41 pm

Background: 2017 graduate of a T25 unhappy with current job/city and looking to relocate. I'm new to the reaching out email method of building connections to find work, so I'm hoping to get some input.

1) I recently began emailing alumni at firms of interest (mostly partners) to see if I could establish some helpful connections in my desired market and practice areas. So far, the response rate has been about one in six, with most offering basically a Q&A over email and others speaking on the phone with me. Is this a healthy response rate, or do you think improved emails would yield better results?

2) As an exception, one alumni partner responded by inviting me out to lunch in a few weeks. I accepted the offer and, surprisingly, he sent an invite via Outlook reserving a 1.5 hour block of time. He then asked if I could send my resume over to him. Should I be treating this meeting as an informal interview?

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Re: Alumni reaching out email response rate and expectations

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:03 pm

Curious about this, as somebody in a not-great job situation at the moment. How do you frame your emails?

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Re: Alumni reaching out email response rate and expectations

Postby Anonymous User » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:37 pm

Anonymous User wrote:Curious about this, as somebody in a not-great job situation at the moment. How do you frame your emails?


OP here. Could I PM you my format somehow?

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Re: Alumni reaching out email response rate and expectations

Postby beautyistruth » Fri Nov 17, 2017 3:41 pm

Fire away, and thank you!

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Re: Alumni reaching out email response rate and expectations

Postby nybar2017 » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:06 pm

Anonymous User wrote:
2) As an exception, one alumni partner responded by inviting me out to lunch in a few weeks. I accepted the offer and, surprisingly, he sent an invite via Outlook reserving a 1.5 hour block of time. He then asked if I could send my resume over to him. Should I be treating this meeting as an informal interview?


Everything is a potential interview. I doubt he wants to look at your resume because he's short on reading material!

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Re: Alumni reaching out email response rate and expectations

Postby MarkinKansasCity » Fri Nov 17, 2017 5:28 pm

nybar2017 wrote:Everything is a potential interview.


Every law student should remember this. It goes for interactions with everyone from the receptionist to the janitor to the managing partner. About six months before I graduated law school, I actually had lunch with a couple of associates from a tiny firm that never hires anyone. I work at that tiny firm now.

The other thing to keep in mind, especially in secondary markets, is that everyone knows fucking everyone. What this means is that one person with the right connections can hook you up with meetings with attorneys at every firm in the city. It also means that if you fuck up, or offend someone, that they can badmouth you to every firm in the city. Secondary market legal communities are basically high school that way. In professional settings, you should assume that your behavior is being broadcast to everyone you might ever want to interview with, no matter who you're talking to or what the context is.




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