Q: What do you think of mailing unsolicited resumes/cover letters to law firms these days? Is this something that firms are likely to respond to, or do most create job postings for open positions?
A: Many firms post job openings on their website or create an online ad. Still, there may be opportunities that never rise to the level of an open position, if the right person is on the spot at the right time.
That said, sending unsolicited resumes isn’t the most productive way to search. Instead, look at the lawyers’ bios on the firm website to find a commonality, such as a law school alumni connection, and reach out through warmth when you can. If you see no connection online, ask some of the people in your network if they know anyone at such and such a firm.
You can send cold applications to small firms and maybe luck and timing will be with you, but even for those, it’s always better to go warm.