Saturday, January 27, 2018

Networking tips for law students from National Jurist Magazine

Now that the fall recruiting season is over, those students who didn't get jobs (which is usually the majority of them once you go outside the most elite law schools) have to kick their auxiliary job search strategies into high gear. That means lots of networking and schmoozing which most people find uncomfortable at best and, at worst, loath. To the rescue comes this networking pep-talk in the form of an article from National Jurist Magazine which includes advice on developing one's "elevator speech," how to use voicemail effectively, writing thank you notes, and developing an overarching, targeted networking strategy.

Here's an excerpt from How to Network Your Way to a Job:

Like most law students, Scott Armstrong did not find a legal job through on-campus recruitment. Nor did he find a job through his law school’s job board. And he learned quickly that most law firms do not post job openings on websites such as Indeed or Monster.


Still, Armstrong was able to land a job with Venable, a national law firm with more than 600 lawyers, just months after graduating from University of South Carolina School of Law in 2016.


The secret to his success is no secret at all. Armstrong employed a well-known tactic that thousands of law school graduates use every year to find jobs: networking.


Armstrong’s process was straightforward. He made connections, got referrals and initiated contact with target employers.


“I actually started with social media,” he said. “I went on LinkedIn and looked at lawyers in the D.C. metro area to find alumni from my law school.”


From there, he began sending direct messages and building network connections. About 90 percent of his messages went unanswered, but the alumni who did respond were more than happy to help. Eventually, he connected with a University of South Carolina alum who had worked in D.C. and had maintained professional relationships with lawyers in the area.


“He gave me a bunch of contacts and JACK CRITTENDEN AND TYLER ROBERTS recommended that I reach out to them,” Armstrong said. “I eventually got in touch with a lawyer at Venable who is now my supervisor.”


Armstrong’s situation is not unique. The majority of third-year law students start the spring semester without a full-time job lined up for after graduation. First- and second-year students looking for summer associate positions often find themselves in similar positions.


In fact, less than one-fourth of all law students get jobs through on-campus recruitment in the fall. So, if you don’t have a job offer yet, don’t despair. There are plenty of jobs in this market, even if finding those jobs will take more work.

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