4 Things You Must Do If You Want To Get Hired
Going to law school doesn’t guarantee that you will actually find work as a lawyer. There are many lawyers who did well enough in law school who work in fields completely unrelated to law. If you want to get a job as an attorney, it’s important that you do these four things now.
- Bring your ‘A’ game. This isn’t a time to be mediocre and certainly not the time to be subpar. If you want even a fighting chance of getting a law job interview, you must put your best foot forward on your resume, cover letter, and during your interview — as well as with all of your networking online and offline. Don’t give anyone the opportunity to say that you are unprofessional.
- Apply to every job. Let’s face it, there are thousands of law school graduates out there vying for each open position. If you want to have a chance of getting hired, you must apply to every (applicable) job opportunity available. Don’t let geography, personalities, or your idealism stop you from any open opportunities that will help you get your foot in the door as a new lawyer.
- Be a people person. Whatever you do, be personable, agreeable, and easy to get along with when you’re on the hunt for a job. People like attorneys who have a friendly personality. As a new attorney and recent law school graduate, you cannot afford to be a diva — divas don not get hired right out of law school.
- Network every day. If you want to get an edge on finding your first law firm job, you must be willing to put in the hours required for networking, both face-to-face and online. You will need to build relationships and make your name known by the people who can hire you.
If you’re a recent law school graduate, you must be prepared to work harder than everyone else if you want to get hired.