Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Tips from Hillary Mantis at National Jurist on expanding your job search

The advice here is fundamental but that doesn't mean it isn't worth repeating. Further, it's a truism of life that the most successful people in any endeavor always practice the fundamentals. That goes for job searches too.  To wit, develop practical legal skills, network until you can't network anymore, and fine tune those resumes and cover letters to a fare thee well.

From National Jurist Magazine:  3 ways to expand your job search


It’s winter and you don’t have any job offers yet. No job offers? No worries. You still have plenty of time, and plenty of options. While there may not be as many lawyers recruiting on campus, that does not mean that there are no jobs left.


Here are some ideas for gearing up for a spring semester job search:


-Register for a spring semester clinic or externship in a practice area that interests you: If you can get experience to add to your resume in an area you are trying to break into, that will help reinvigorate your job search. Law schools have expanded clinics and externships in recent years. They are now offered in many different practice areas. Between clinics, externships, journals, and centers, law schools offer several ways to get specialized experience, which you can add to your resume. Contributing to school blogs, or other writing opportunities can also help you develop a specialization.


-Sign up for opportunities to meet alumni: Does your career services office or alumni office offer an alumni mentor program? I’ve heard so many great stories about students connecting with an alumni through these types of programs. Is there a panel at your school with alumni speakers? Go to it, and introduce yourself to them at the end of the program. . . . 

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