Why You Should Be Sending Mass Emails Of Your Resume
[00:00:00] I graduated from a top 14 law school without a job lined up back in May 2021. Okay. After the bar exam, I then applied to every relevant posting I saw and mass mailed to many firms. Although I have had many interviews these past two weeks, I haven't had much luck so far. It's now mid-November and most of my classmates have started working at their firms.
Many have told me that the market is really good right now. And that corporate practice areas are mass hiring but I don't see many postings for entry-level hires for first-year associates.
Thus, I'm wondering if you have any helpful tips or strategies on how to proceed. My Career Services Office was not too helpful and discourage mass mailing. I have mass-mailed firms and contacted their recruiters. I usually get told to check on the firm's career page and see what's available or that they are hiring, and even then, most junior associate positions require 2 years of experience.
First of all, corporate practice areas are typically done by large firms. And most large firms hire out of their summer associate programs. So that, and you're also trying to get jobs in major law firms, but I can tell you, so I used to have a business that would help attorneys maximize their resume.[00:01:00]
I don't do it anymore because of a lot of reasons but it worked incredibly well. If you went to a law school ranked 250 or 300, it worked for everybody and a market, the size of Los Angeles or New York or Chicago, or almost every large city, there's thousands and thousands of law firms. But people are only thinking of the largest ones. If you contact these law firms, most of them do not have their jobs on their website. You need to contact in a market like Los Angeles.
If I had a candidate that does mass-mailing, probably recommend 500 to 1200 firms, the person might get 10 to 15 interviews and yeah, you have to contact a lot of people. You have to stop worrying about working in these largest firms and all sorts of things. All I do is get people jobs, and I place hundreds of people per year.
And that's just me personally. Not only that, I'm not bragging, I'm just telling you that this is how it works. And these are the laws of getting the job. There are a lot of places out there that you're probably missing. I have a staff of over a hundred [00:02:00] people that are doing nothing but researching firms.
And then we're doing automated fashions. There are so many firms out there. It would blow your mind like there are firms are that are on the list that you can find publicly, which are the ones that your law school probably has. If you search on Google and most areas, there are lots of firms that aren't in these lists because firms have to pay to be on lists, there are so many firms.
I find firms on resumes. Tens of thousands of law firms, hundreds of thousands of them. If you look at firms that are more than a couple of people like there are so many freaking firms out there like you will get a job. I hate seeing emails like this because people are just following this sort of thing, mass mailing, your resume or, mass contacting people works.
If you're applying for jobs, like everyone else is, and you're applying to job postings, no one cares where you went to law school. They just care about whether or not you can do the job and they care about what your resume looks like compared to other people. I don't know what your resume looks like but if your resume just had your law school, some easy experience, and your resume was okay, then you would get plenty of interviews [00:03:00] where you have to apply it to lots of places.
Your law school services office is discouraging mass mailing. I'm not sure why they are encouraging unemployment. It doesn't make any sense. I hate these kinds of statements. You have to mass mail people. You have to contact recruiters. You have to, if you're applying to job postings, remember you're competing with people that probably already have jobs or have had some associate jobs.
There are jobs for people with just limited experience. You need to learn what you're doing wrong. You need to read about interviewing. You need to read about the stuff that I'm talking about in these calls, but you should read all the articles I've written, but the point is, you should be able to get a job. Everyone on this call, if you ever think you're having a hard time getting jobs.
There are so many firms it's astonishing, but you should apply to firms in areas where you grew up, you should apply to firms and areas where you went to school, you should apply to firms wherever you want to live. You should apply to firms in the whole state where you had bar like there are so many opportunities, but you just need to do it.
And you can't worry about the firm you're applying to. You just need to get out there and get experience. I know [00:04:00] one guy that went to, I don't know, Stanford or something and he didn't get a job. I don't know why. Oh, and then, can you start in a very small firm? Just like you. And now he's a partner in one of the largest, most prestigious law firms in the world. And it took him like six months to get a job. And he did, he thought, oh, I'll just do on campus.
You're an attorney and you're representing yourself so you need to go out and you need to research. You need to find places and do this. It makes me angry when I see stuff like this because I don't like seeing people unemployed when they can get jobs.
There are so many opportunities out there and it's loony, but they're not just in corporate. The most popular practice area is litigation. So corporate represents companies are mass hiring but they're mass hiring in large law firms. So if you're not in a large law firm, whatever, there may have been something that happened to you early in your career. Didn't get a job offer? That's fine. You can fix all this in the long run. It doesn't matter. Everyone learns at different paces. Like you're 25 years old. You'll be, you could do this job for the next 50, or maybe even 75 years. I've seen [00:05:00] attorneys that are a hundred.
So you're one quarter. Through your life and your career is just starting and you have three more quarters to go. So just don't get psyched out by any of this. Just stay in the game and don't worry about it. You just have to keep pushing, sorry. This makes me mad. When I hear people telling people not to mass apply at firms.
Why not? What is the logic that if you're known or if you apply someplace, that's going to hurt you? It makes no sense to me. Someone's telling you not to mass apply. It's about your school not wanting to know that you're unemployed, as opposed to you, because what can hurt you is that you're applying somewhere and being seen because I've hired people who apply to me all the time with unsolicited resumes. It's the best way, because when I see an unsolicited resume, I'm like, wow, this person took the time to contact me. They're interested in me. If it's personalized, as you know what I am looking for someone like this, I'm going to talk to this person. I saw a guy give a presentation the other day, just about something I'm not even related to.
He's an executive. And I'm like I could use [00:06:00] an executive like that. And he just happened to be needing the job. You have to get out there and be seen.