The program, Recruiting Tips from the Insider’s View, was well attended and the reviews were great. A lot of what was said by the experts from law firms and government employers has been said before but bears repeating.
It might be worth reading this post twice.
People ask why we, legal career and resume professionals, continue to use the same examples. The answer: People aren’t listening!
The simple advice remains unheard (use a professional email address) and the harder to tackle projects (update your resume), for which you really do need an expert’s eye, go ignored because you have too much to do (although if you hire someone to help you there is actually less for you to do…not more).
The advice given at this program was invaluable, and I’m sure you’ll agree when you follow it and your next position comes along a little easier and with less work you’ve been doing for the past few months sending out resume after resume.
The panelists also said that they realize 2Ls and 3Ls (second and third year law students) do not yet know exactly what they want to do. However, each applicant should have an answer to the questions Why do you want to work here? and Why are you interested in ____ practice area? If you are flexible, definitely say so.
Being willing to try different things, and to listen to those who know, is crucial in a job search. Whether you are just starting the search for the 1st job in your legal career or you have been practicing for years and are seeking something new, listen first.