Throughout the years, I’ve given away tons of free advice. I write blogs, articles and newsletters. I speak at law schools and lawyer networking events. I use Facebook, LinkedIn and YouTube to share nuggets of wisdom and information.
After X amount of time working at the firm, you have now found yourself without a job. Regardless of the reason, whether it was due to firm-wide layoffs or you were fired, you’re feeling frustrated and unsure of what your next move should be. Losing a job is a devastating experience for most people and it’s important to have a game plan ready before you immediately jump back into the job market.
It’s been said time and time again that the best time to look for a new job is while you’re still employed. This is typically true because you’re seen as a more desirable candidate by employers if they can snag you from someone else. There are also benefits to you in that you don’t have a significant break in receiving income and you can simply transition from one position to another. However, there is an art to looking for a job while you’re still working. The last thing you want is to make things awkward for you at your current place of employment.
Since resumes are often what gets you in the door at a particular firm, it is vital that they clearly present you in the best light. Ironically, for as much emphasis we place on what’s on your resume, employers will generally only look at your resume for only 11 seconds or less. This means that you have a very small window to make an impression. The more your resume is flooded with unnecessary things, the more likely it is that you fail to make an impactful impression and an employer’s opinion of you gets diluted.
Career Services Departments often get a bad rap. I’ve had conversations with many law students and graduates from various law schools around the country and their sentiments are generally the same. Law students and alumni often complain that Career Services either don’t do anything or didn’t get them a job.
LinkedIn is more than just your online resume. It’s a place for you to advertise your professional skills and what you have done in your career to attract clients, future employers and anyone else who needs to know who you are and what you can do. With more people looking to social media to get deeper insights into who you are as a person, it’s imperative that your LinkedIn profile leaves a great first impression. Here are three must-haves your profile should possess.
While embarking on a job search, many people spend a lot of time focusing on resumes, cover letters and the interview itself, all of which are incredibly important. However, an often overlooked, yet crucial, aspect of the job search is the reference check. As someone who conducts countless reference checks for applicants to my company and others, I’ve seen many cases where candidates have been removed from consideration after speaking to their professional references.