Sending Resumes and Cover Letters
If you can't find a networking contact at an employer you want to approach, your next best option is to send your resume with a cover letter specifically tailored to that employer. Once you have first semester grades, you may want to consider sending a copy of your transcript as well, if your grades are strong.
Make sure that your resume is professional looking, typo-free, and appropriate for legal employers. Your 1L Career Services Handbook includes information about creating a legal resume, as well as sample resumes to draw inspiration from.
The most effective cover letters are tailored to the specific employer they are addressed to. If at all possible, make sure that the cover letter is directed to a specific person. Your cover letters should all follow standard business format. Cover letter examples and advice are included in your 1L Career Services Handbook.
Once you've updated your resume for the legal market and drafted a few cover letters, schedule an appointment with your Career Services Counselor to review your materials. Just call our office at 312.915.7160 to set up an appointment.
In addition to sending your resume and cover letter to any employers you are interested in, you will also want to keep your eye on job postings that might interest you.