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LOYOLA UNIVERSITY CHICAGO SCHOOL OF LAWOFFICE OF CAREER SERVICES On-Campus Interviewing & Resume Collect NUTS & BOLTS OCI Nuts & Bolts Program
OCI and RESUME COLLECT NUTS & BOLTS • What Is OCI? • Employers interview rising 2Ls for summer jobs and rising 3Ls for permanent employment • Interviews begin in August • What is Resume Collect? • Rather than come on campus, some employers ask us to collect resumes. They then contact students directly to arrange interviews • Participating Employers • Mostly large law firms • A few government agencies OCI Nuts & Bolts Program
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO PARTICIPATE • Rising 2Ls & 3Ls • 1st Year part-time students are eligible only if transferring to the full-time program in the Fall OCI Nuts & Bolts Program
HOW IT WORKS • Students submit applications to employers on-line through Symplicity • To submit an application to on an employer, students must • Read the instructions • Login to Symplicity • Create a profile if haven’t already created one • Review the list of employers and hiring criteria • Submit application materials to the employers whose criteria you meet according to instructions • If you need a Symplicity username/password please email the CSO at email@example.com OCI Nuts & Bolts Program
EMPLOYER HIRING CRITERIA • Employer hiring criteria will be in Symplicity • Know criteria prior to applying • You will only see employers who are interviewing for your class level (some employers only interview rising 3Ls, others only rising 2Ls) OCI Nuts & Bolts Program
Grades, Rank and percentile Rank • To submit an employer application you will need your GPA & rank • Your GPA and rank will be available around July 1st. The Registrar will email you when your GPA and rank are available • Request an official transcript through Locus and when you receive the official copy, photocopy it to use for multiple employers throughout the fall • Part-time students are ranked with the part-time students – not with the class to which you are transferring, should you decide to transfer OCI Nuts & Bolts Program
INTERVIEW SCHEDULES • After application submission period is complete, we inform the employers • Employers review the applications and determine who they wish to interview • When the interview schedules are ready for viewing by students, the CSO will contact you via e-mail • The interview schedule will be available for viewing in Symplicity • Throughout the OCI season (August – October) check Symplicity daily for updates and possible changes OCI Nuts & Bolts Program
RESUME COLLECT EMPLOYERS • Some employers do not come to campus. Rather, they ask us to collect resumes for them and they contact students directly to schedule interviews • Starting check Symplicity to see which employers are participating in Resume Collect and to determine which employers’ hiring criteria you meet • You will be asked to upload your application materials to Symplicity • Different employers ask for different documents (transcripts, cover letters, etc. – only submit what they ask for) • Due dates for submission of applications materials will vary so check Symplicity often • Resume Collect employers will be added as they contact us. The CSO will email you regarding new Resume Collect Employers OCI Nuts & Bolts Program
PREPARE FOR OCI & RESUME COLLECT • Update your resume after you receive your grades in June • Review your resume and cover letter with your career counselor • Update your Symplicity profile • Research OCI employers • Schedule a mock interview with your counselor if you are offered an interview • Consider joining a journal, moot court or other student organization OCI Nuts & Bolts Program
THE INTERVIEWS (begin August 11th) • Monday – Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. • Interviews take place throughout the law school and last 20 or 30 minutes. Interview rooms will be posted in Symplicity. • If you are scheduledfor an interview it is very important that you show up or you may forfeit your remaining interviews • If you must cancel an interview, provide at least 48 hours notice to the CSO so that we can inform the employer • Make sure to bring extra copies of the documents employers request that you bring to the interview OCI Nuts & Bolts Program
MULTIPLE SCHOOL INTERVIEWS • Some employers interview students from several Chicago law schools on the same day at a Chicago law school • Sometimes Loyola hosts these interviews; sometimes other Chicago law schools host these interviews • We will inform you in Symplicity and via email when these opportunities become available OCI Nuts & Bolts Program
CALL-BACK INTERVIEWS • Call-back interviews are second-round interviews that happen at the employer’s office and usually involve interviewing with multiple attorneys, last several hours and sometimes lunch • Employers directly contact students a few days after on-campus interviews to schedule call-back interviews (create a professional voice mail message if you haven’t already) • If you receive a call-back interview, return the call as soon as possible and schedule your call-back at the earliest time available. Be as flexible as possible • Schedule a mock interview with your counselor prior to your call-back interview OCI Nuts & Bolts Program
OCI – Not Only Way To Find A Job • Go beyond OCI • Reach out to other firms/employers in mid-August. • Many firms that do not participate in OCI want students to apply directly to them • To research employers, use the following resources: • Nalpdirectory.com, 4 or More List of Law Firms, Employer websites; Martindale.com; LinkedIn • Do not put all of your eggs in the OCI basket. Fewer and fewer firms hire through OCI. OCI Nuts & Bolts Program
If You Have Questions • Contact the CSO via email at firstname.lastname@example.org • Most communication regarding OCI and Resume Collect will take place via email from email@example.com • To schedule an appointment or mock interview this summer contact: firstname.lastname@example.org or (312) 915-7160 OCI Nuts & Bolts Program