ouhkn wrote:Thanks for the thread, everyone--very informative. I have a question I have not seen answered yet. I'm a current 3L who summered with a biglaw firm last summer and received and accepted their offer. However, for a variety of reasons, I'd really like to apply for the JAG Corps. I'd prefer to keep my firm out of the loop on this for obvious reasons. Does anyone know if recruiters contact your past employers in the application process?
They may, they may not. I don't think anyone here is going to be able to tell you definitely whether it is part of the recruiters SOP. They may tell you their experiences but then that is hardly definitive or reliable. You may get one "gung ho" recruiter who wants to talk to your past employers to determine your resolve/work ethic/personality/discipline etc.
Is it common to continue to apply places after accepting offers? That is not a rhetorical question, I really am curious. If it isn't, continuing to apply places against that custom may be deceitful and may have negative ramifications. I wouldn't risk a solid job offer to apply for a potential job on the word of a bunch of people on a internet forum. We have nothing to lose by giving you bad advice.
But that is me, err on the side of caution, or don't. Seems like a definite risk though.
If I were interviewing you for Jag, I would definitely want to talk to your prior employers because I wouldn't want someone to get in who was garbage, had no discipline or bad work ethic. (I am prior military, my line of thinking may be similar to recruiters, it may not. I am not a recruiter!).