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« on: Feb 16th, 2007, 11:19am »
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Hi everyone,
 
So here is my deal:
 
I am finishing up my PhD in Biotech. right now and have applied to several law schools in NYC/DC. I've already been accepted to a few and am awaiting the responses of the rest. No rejections yet Wink.
 
I applied to all schools on a p/t basis, and my intention is to get a job as a full-time sci. advisor or technical specialist during the days, while going to shcool at night.
 
I have compiled a list of all firms in the NYC/DC areas that employ S.A./T.S. who are enrolled in law school, and am now ready to begin contacting these firms. I have heard that many people have better luck contacting partners/associates with similar backgrounds rather than sending cover letters and CVs directly to HR/recruiting. This is what I plan on doing. My question is how to go about doing so. Should I outright tell the person I contact that I am looking for a job, or try to establish a connection first, then work up to that? Should I include my CV with the initial email? Is that too forward? Should I tell them I've been accepted to schools already?
 
I'm unsure exactly how to go about this, and would love any input from those that have done this, or from people in firms that would be getting emails like these- how do you respond?
 
Thanks,
 
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Re: networking
« Reply #1 on: Mar 10th, 2007, 2:29am »
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I'm a fresh PhD in molecular biology and I just got hooked up with a firm.  I did a fair amount of cold-calling and was surprised that if I showed up at a firm with my coverletter/resume/writing sample, I almost always got to talk to someone.  If you're in the area you want to work, I'd try that approach.
 
I also did a bit of cold-calling on the phone, and had pretty good results with that also (as measured by getting to talk to someone who was at least a bit interested in discussing my situation), but if I left a message, most people took about 4 days to call back.
 
For both of these approaches I would read about the firm online first and try to get the name of the hiring partner for the side of the firm I was interested in (Biotech) and failing that, a person who was obviously involved in the type of work I wanted to do.
 
Also, I'd switch over from a CV to a resume.  I assumed that everyone knew what one was, but I got "what's this/that" over and over, so I switched.
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« Reply #2 on: Mar 10th, 2007, 4:44am »
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I would add that one "hook" can be contacting an alum from the same school(s) you attended.  Or, same town, etc.  Just something to help make you "memorable" and prompt a positive response.
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