I’m a 5th year that just lateraled. I’m coming from a centralized staffing system where I never had to worry about getting work. My new firm is more of a hybrid model. The group is slow right now, so I think staffing is happening more organically rather than through the staffing partners. I feel like I should go talk to partners to try to get staffed, but I don’t really know what I’m doing. Any tips/advice? Do I just introduce myself and say hi? Or do I specifically ask for work?

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Be careful with this! Chat up other associates first to see who their favorite partners are and then hit those partners up for work first. Don’t become the a-hole’s go to associate!

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Yes yes yes

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I’d do both but I also check what the partners work on specifically (eg, a specific type of transaction or client) and bring up in our conversation that I would love to learn more about x or work with x client. I feel that telling them you are interested on a specific thing makes it is easier for them to remember to staff you whenever something comes up.

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Both, introduce yourself and let them know if they need any work done in the next couple of days to reach out to you as well.

Thank you everyone!

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