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Job Hunting Tips for 3Ls

There was a time when jobs were plentiful. Go to law school, do well, send out resumes and … you’re hired.

Times have changed.

Today, finding a place to work takes, well, work. You still need a killer resume and cover letter, but you also need a strategy that leverages allies, intelligence and the ability to counter-attack the job market. Here’s how:

Leverage your allies

When you learn of a job, try to find an ally within the organization. It doesn’t matter if it’s your fourth cousin, a friend of a friend or an old high school flame–just find someone within the firm you can talk to about the position, the work culture and the type of professional they’re looking to hire.

The more you know about the firm, its needs and the type of lawyer they want to hire, the more you’ll be able to tailor your resume and cover letter that resonates with the hiring manager and gets you an interview.

Gather intelligence

Once you’ve secured an interview, see if your ally on the inside will put in a good word for you (but before you ask them to do this, make sure they are well-respected).

Then gather intelligence.

It’s no longer enough to do a quick review of a firm’s website just before your interview. Go further, dig deeper. Read newspaper stories about the firm. Find out as much as you can about their top clients. Have they lost any? Gained any? What is their strategic plan for growth.

Being well-versed on the both the local legal market and the firm’s business will serve you well during your interview.

Prepare yourself to counter attack

You can have allies and intelligence and still not get the job, so be ready to reinvent yourself and counter-attack the job market.

Expand your idea of what it means to be a lawyer. Get your CLE credits and learn about other practice areas. Think about getting your foot in the door by volunteering or taking a part-time job.

Remember, every great lawyer started somewhere–and it wasn’t always where they thought it would be.

 

About the Author

Sumita Dalal is the Founder and CEO of FindMyLawTutor, the largest and most trusted website and online portal that connects law students with law tutors for success in law school. Whether preparing for the LSAT, are currently a law student or are studying for the bar exam, FindMyLawTutor makes finding a law tutor fast and easy.

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