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Contact alumni or recontact director of human resources?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:24 pm

So in August I applied (it was a resume collection idk what that means) to a firm I want to work at.

I emailed them a couple weeks later and got a nice email back that said they would get in touch with me if anything opened up. I wasn't contacted again.

At this point, I need not only a job after 3L year but also career advice and it is now nearly December.

Should I recontact the HR director? Or should I try to schedule a meet and greet with an alumni (listed as shareholder) at the firm. If I do the latter should I include that I had previously applied there if he even responds?

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Re: Contact alumni or recontact director of human resources?

Postby Damage Over Time » Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:36 pm

Anonymous User wrote:So in August I applied (it was a resume collection idk what that means) to a firm I want to work at.

I emailed them a couple weeks later and got a nice email back that said they would get in touch with me if anything opened up. I wasn't contacted again.

At this point, I need not only a job after 3L year but also career advice and it is now nearly December.

Should I recontact the HR director? Or should I try to schedule a meet and greet with an alumni (listed as shareholder) at the firm. If I do the latter should I include that I had previously applied there if he even responds?


If you contact the HR director you will receive a canned response explaining that they're not looking to currently hire you or other uninspiring non-news.

Go with the alum, and use the meeting for career advice and any recommendations about how you can improve your candidacy moving forward (not just at this firm, but generally). I would not mention that you haven't been contacted by the firm with regards to the resume collection unless he asks about it.



edit: there is a world in which a coffee or other meeting with an alum can lead some % of getting a job with the firm, but do not a) go in expecting it to pan out that way, and b) seeming desperate to get hired by the firm.

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Re: Contact alumni or recontact director of human resources?

Postby Anonymous User » Thu Nov 30, 2017 5:59 pm

Damage Over Time wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:So in August I applied (it was a resume collection idk what that means) to a firm I want to work at.

I emailed them a couple weeks later and got a nice email back that said they would get in touch with me if anything opened up. I wasn't contacted again.

At this point, I need not only a job after 3L year but also career advice and it is now nearly December.

Should I recontact the HR director? Or should I try to schedule a meet and greet with an alumni (listed as shareholder) at the firm. If I do the latter should I include that I had previously applied there if he even responds?


If you contact the HR director you will receive a canned response explaining that they're not looking to currently hire you or other uninspiring non-news.

Go with the alum, and use the meeting for career advice and any recommendations about how you can improve your candidacy moving forward (not just at this firm, but generally). I would not mention that you haven't been contacted by the firm with regards to the resume collection unless he asks about it.



edit: there is a world in which a coffee or other meeting with an alum can lead some % of getting a job with the firm, but do not a) go in expecting it to pan out that way, and b) seeming desperate to get hired by the firm.


Ok, thank you for the advice I will go with the alum. That last bit about the advice that it isn't going to pan out/ don't act desperate is actually super helpful too. I know the idea is to treat everything like an interview but you are exactly right and I am glad you included that.



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