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Cold-Calling a Legal Firm to Get a Job Interview

published January 10, 2013

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TELEPHONING IS ART AT BEST AND AT WORST CLUMSY HINDRANCE. Telephoning can be effective at various times in the job hunt. Never telephone when a personal appearance is feasible. Flesh impresses more favorably than a disembodied voice, and employers find it more difficult to chase a body out of an office than to disconnect a caller.
 
Cold-Calling a Legal Firm to Get a Job Interview

Telephoning is art at best and at worst clumsy hindrance. Telephoning can be effective at various times in the job hunt. Never telephone when a personal appearance is feasible. Flesh impresses more favorably than a disembodied voice, and employers find it more difficult to chase a body out of an office than to disconnect a caller.

Unless, and generally even if, you have a close contact at the firm, write rather than telephone to introduce your interviewing intention. A letter provides some distance of reflection, applies no overbearing pressure, and remains as physical evidence of your thoughts. A letter appears more substantive and deliberate than a call, and is, or should be, more artfully phrased. Your initial entry into the firm's vision should be by post, not wire.

If, three weeks after sending your initial inquiry, you have no response, telephone. Mail service can be delayed, internal administration slow, and decision-making on applications interminable, so three weeks is not undue. In that call, attempt to engage a lawyer on the hiring committee or that lawyer's secretary to inquire about the date of a decision concerning an interview. Your call will not, incidentally, produce any result, but it shows your interest and willingness to plunge into the cold waters of verbal communication.

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