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Last summer as 1L I tried out one of those quaint “secondary-markets” that I felt I’d be better suited for down the line. I really loved my work last summer in the boonies, but I’m not spending anytime this summer at my 1L employer – I’m summering at a big firm in NY. I’d like to keep up the good relations and stay on their radar in case I want to go back there. How should I do that?
Love’s Labour’s Lost
Dear Love’s Labour’s Lost,
It’s easy for summer associates (or former summer associates) to stand out to firms, but usually not in a good way. The two most memorable characters from my summer class did things such as a) buy cigars and top shelf liquor for a private poker night in an NYU dorm and then submit the $300+ receipt for reimbursement and b) ask a senior partner how he managed to score such a “hot wife.” This was in 2004, so naturally they both received offers. Making yourself desirable to your former firm is like Kathy Bates in Fried Green Tomatoes trying to seduce her husband while wrapped in Saran Wrap. Difficult, but not impossible.
One way to gain attention for yourself is to Facebook friend the partners at your former firm. They’ll love clicking through your craaaazy Halloween pics when you were dressed as Mystery (SO original) and they’ll appreciate knowing when you get In a Relationship. While you’re waiting for them to confirm your friend request, why not re-gift them with whatever swag you get from your NY firm this summer? Only the most ungrateful trolls would not appreciate a Shecky’s Nightlife Guide or a JP Morgan Corporate Challenge race t-shirt in size XXL. That you should also send the firm a scented copy of your resume and an 8 x 10 glossy of yourself, signed “Best Wishes” goes without saying.
In the opening montage of America’s Next Top Model, Tyra Banks asks, “Do you want to be on top?” and then the words “Fierce beauty, fabulous strut, fresh personality” roll across the screen. I’ve found that career-wise, that mantra has taken me places I didn’t think possible.
Namely, my parents’ basement. Once you harness your ferocity and freshness you will remain on your ex-firm’s radar. All you’ve got to do is open your Tyra Mail.
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