Cover letters and transmittal emails accompanying resumes and job applications are both an opportunity and a curse. These are usually the first contact between a candidate and an employer, and psychologists are unanimous that the first impression is the one that imprints the strongest on the employer. That makes it a key component of the job-hunting process, one that cannot be taken lightly. What follows is a recommended 5-step process for designing cover letters/transmittal emails that advance your cause.
This and the following blogs in this series are intended to show you that there is more than one way to go about legal job hunting and to make yourself stand out from the competition. If you read enough attorney resumes, you cannot help but conclude that they are almost all clones of one another. Consequently, they are eminently and immediately forgettable. This is the worst thing you can do to your aspirations for employment.
Readers of my Law Careers Blog know that I am a huge proponent of looking for legal and law-related job and career opportunities in what I call the “Law-Technology Gap.” The gap is the no-man’s land between the state of a technology and the state of the law scrambling to understand, catch up and regulate it. Examples abound in telecommunications, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, digital records, drones, and many more disruptive technologies. Regarding autonomous vehicles, the gap is a chasm, chock full of opportunity.