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Five Job Search Tips Recent Law School Grads

You’ve graduated law school, passed the bar, and you’re ready to find a job. Here are the top tips for your job search and links to helpful resources.

Will a recruiter be able to help you?  Recruiters are hired by companies and firms to find candidates with specific credentials and skill sets, and those companies usually won’t pay recruiter fees for someone with less than two years of experience. But that doesn’t mean you don’t have options – it just means a recruiter probably probably isn’t the solution for you.

Informational Interviews.  Reach out to people who work in an area of interest and find out about their work. This networking will give you insight into these jobs and may give you access to positions that never go on the open market. It will also give you experience talking about yourself in a professional setting and will improve your interview skills.

Volunteer on a committee.  Simply attending networking events doesn’t give attorneys any insight into your skills or work ethic. If you join an organization and volunteer to help on events, the attorneys will see that you work hard and are reliable. They will get to know you and want to vouch for your candidacy.

Focus your resume.  It’s tempting to try to put every bit of experience on your resume, but a “kitchen sink” resume doesn’t make you look like the right candidate. You should tailor your resume to that particular job opening, which may mean deleting irrelevant information. To the extent it accurately reflects your experience, use language from the job posting in your work description.

Proofread your resume.  Be sure to have at least three reliable people review your resume for typos or other errors. Don’t send out a resume in a rush because it will likely have a mistake!

Apply Through An Employee.  When you find job openings, try to submit your resume through someone who works at that firm or company (another reason to keep an active LinkedIn page). Submitting through an employee greatly increases your chance of getting an interview.

Good luck with your search!

Liz Stone