“When I decided to relocate to Chicago after practicing law on the East Coast for two years, I turned to my law school’s career development department for assistance. After revising my resume no less than ten times, I arranged meetings with alums from my law school who were practicing in Chicago to obtain more information about the Chicago legal market. After a few informational interviews, I found myself across the desk from a partner in a very prominent law firm in Chicago who gave me the one piece of advice that would ultimately land me the opportunity of my dreams: ‘stop wasting your time networking and go see Gary D’Alessio!’ This partner explained that Gary is the best in the business at matching job-seeking associates with firms that are both a social and professional fit. Indeed, when this partner was a junior associate, Gary helped her find her current firm where she later made partner.
So, I headed over to Gary’s office for our initial meeting. During this meeting, Gary and I spoke at length about what type of firm I was interested in pursuing, what type of law I practiced and hoped to practice, my resume, strengths, potential challenges, and my timeline. Gary was very attentive and really understood where I was trying to go with my practice. I felt confident that he would be able to steer me in the right direction.
After our initial meeting, Gary insisted I completely rewrite my resume, which, according to Gary, was a law student’s resume. Gary and I spent hours rewriting my resume. Every descriptive word, formatting mark, and punctuation mark was scrutinized. Six substantive revisions later, my resume was complete and we were ready to initiate the search.
Within days of completing my resume, Gary generated a list of firms for me to consider. The list was based on the factors we discussed in our initial meeting. My resume was sent only to the firms I selected.
Within three weeks of Gary transmitting my information to the firms, I had five interviews. Before each interview, Gary gave me a packet of information about the firm and each of the interviewers. In most cases, the information was not available on the website or online. Gary even made himself available for mock interviews. In the end, I was thoroughly prepared for each interview and everything went very well.
In addition, throughout the interview process, I was consistently complemented on my resume. One interviewer said the layout of my resume and the manner in which the information was conveyed was the best he had seen.
One of the firms, Freeborn & Peters, stood out. The firm was the exact size I was seeking, extremely reputable, and an all around perfect social and professional fit. I received an offer within days of my final interview with the firm. Although firms continued to request an interview (because Gary continued to follow-up and chase leads), I removed myself from consideration and accepted Freeborn & Peters’ offer.
I do not know whether my experience was unique, but even if it was, I could not have replicated Gary’s efforts or achieved the same result on my own. From start to finish, Gary found me my dream job—in just under six weeks, and I could not be happier at my firm.”