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.
A lot of people give up on their job search between Thanksgiving and New Years, thinking they will just start fresh after the New Year.
Don't be one of these people.
Typically when applying for jobs, a firm wants you to submit a resume and cover letter. However, most employers won't even bother reading your cover letter.
So why bother writing one?
Well, the cover letter really only comes into play if your resume is a match for what the position entails and the employer's interest in you has piqued. Once you've made it through that hurdle, the cover letter is used to further weed out unqualified candidates.
There may be a time in your legal career when you work with a legal recruiter to help you with your job search. A legal recruiter can be your greatest asset and ally by going to bat for you with a prospective employer. Keep in mind that they work for the employer and not for you. However, it is in your best interest to know how to work with them so they can advocate on your behalf when communicating with their client.