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5 Steps for Landing a Legal Job

By Edited Nov 13, 2013 0 0

1) Be prepared to work A LOT before actually getting paid. That's what you were doing all those years in school, right? Well, this step begins with your resume, and can continue all the way to an unpaid internship. Make a list of everything you have done in the last 7 years that took up a significant amount of time, shows relevance to your field, or were important to you. This list is the makings of your resume. It is always a good idea to ask for a second opinion so send it off to a favorite professor, or your older cousin, and ask if it would buy you an interview. If you are still unsure, you might want to hire a professional to vamp it up for you.


2) Do some uncomfortable networking. There are plenty of ways to curry favor your way into the workforce, and they normally begin with attending awkward social events, or asking someone you know for a job lead. You may think you are above this step, but it is as crucial to your next job as it is to the career you have in forty years. The more connections you have, the closer you are to the job you want.


3) Take any experience you can get. At this point, an unpaid internship is just as valuable to your future as a temp position in review managment. Try to find something part time to pay the bills, but consider every legal opportunity you are offered. You never know which one will lead to your big break.


4) While there are many job sources out there like Career Builder and Craig's list, a good way to find out about job openings is actually happy hour. If you can drag someone with you to a popular bar by the courthouse or law firms you will hear people talk, you will see which firms are doing well, and who is likely to welcome you onto their team. You can also chat with the bartender; he or she will know exactly what is happening in the area.


5) Be prepared for rejection. This is very important. If you are able to make yourself impervious to the negative effects of rejection, you will be able to power through your applications and interviews with a can-do attitude rather than shuffling through them like a failure. Confidence is extremely important, every step of the way.



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