Gotta Work It to Get Work.
Okay, like most of you, I had a hard time landing my first job. As luck would have it, there happened to be a spot opening up at the firm I summered for, and voila, I was lucky. When I was laid off, I had to hit the pavement, and I hit it hard.
What did I do? I talked to people. Any lawyer I knew, I explained my situation and asked them if they knew of anything that was opening. Within a couple days I had enough hits to take away the constant fear. Why should this be any different for a new lawyer? Career services always advises informational interviews, but they never tell you what one would look like. If it feels like you're asking 20 questions, then you're doing it wrong. The best times I had when pounding the pavement were just like talking with friends and colleagues. The whole point of this is you wanting the other person to pass on your information, even if they aren't personally hiring, because they think you'd be a good fit somewhere.
Anyhow, that's my two cents. Be yourself. If they don't like you, you won't be a good fit there anyway.
Now, because I've taken some flack from Jay (KIDDING), instead of reposting his article on tips for cold-calling firms, I'm going to let you jump on over to Above the Law and check it out. Honestly, this guy uses the word "douche" more than Summers Eve. This is also why I enjoy the writing.