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What do you do when small local firms won’t give your resume the time of day, but everyone you ask for resume feedback on says your materials are fine? These aren’t big law or boutiques, we’re talking probably paying $20-30 an hour part time as an associate with firms of 1-3 attorneys generally. I know biglaw is recovering from COVID but has it really hurt small law so badly getting an interview is next to impossible? Any and every practice area. Work is work. Approx. 500k local population size.

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Maybe if you reach out to attorneys to ask for informational interviews instead if applying you'd get a bit more traction? End every interview with a sincere "This has been so helpful--can you put me in touch with one or two more people to help me along as I figure out next steps?" and your jobsearch will keep moving. Good luck! It's easy to toss an anon resume in the trash but harder to ignore a person that you have had zoom coffee or socially distanced coffee with!

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I relocated from a major city (small firm) to a city about the size you’re talking about and after months of unsuccessfully applying for jobs on LinkedIn, I started cold emailing partners at local firms basically just asking for advice on how to relocate. Literally made a spreadsheet of firms and emails from googling “[city] and [practice area]”. I ended up getting a job at a firm that didn’t have a position posted but was in the process of hiring a head hunter. I also had a handful of phone calls/informational interviews with local firms and that was good to get a feel for my future network. I think the personal touch goes a long way, especially with a smaller firm. Hope this helps and good luck!

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