If you are an aspiring attorney and are looking for your dream job, it is important to approach the process carefully. Law is a popular industry, and it is likely that you are going to come across some stiff competition. With that in mind, read on to discover some of the common mistakes you need to avoid while conducting your job hunt:
Not using a recruiter:
There is no reason why you should not use a recruitment firm during your job search. Working with a specialist recruiter is a great way to ensure that you get notified about the best job vacancies and that you are matched with a job that is right for you. They will also offer you insights into law companies that are not available elsewhere, prepare for lateral interviews, and perfect your resume. Not only this, but you don’t have to pay a fortune to benefit from such a service. In fact, you will find that they are often available free of charge.
Failing to tailor your application:
One of the biggest mistakes that attorneys make is failing to tailor their application to the vacancy in question. If you are applying to join a team of nursing home neglect lawyers, you will need to tailor your application accordingly, rather than sending a generic CV. You also need to show why you are a good fit for the team. An employer does not want to see a basic resume that anyone can produce; they want to discover what makes you different from the rest and why you are a good fit for their business.
Your application is a document that literally gives you permission to *humbly* brag about yourself. Do you have a passion for supporting victims of domestic abuse like Jennifer Croker? Be sure to let your app reflect that by mentioning the shelters and centers you have volunteered for. Tailoring your application for the position you really, really want can only help you so leave no stone unturned in the process.
Self-submitting blind inquiries:
Self-submitting an application for a non-existent position is guaranteed to get your resume thrown into the recruiting director’s trashcan. You need to make sure that the company has a listed need that you can fill if you are going to go down the self-submission route. Everyone wants to work at specific companies, but your resume is only going to become a nuisance if the company does not have a specific need. This could even have a detrimental impact on any applications you make in the future when a position does not open. Make sure a need exists, rather than simply self-submitting to a firm because you like it.
Failing to conduct precision marketing based on your experience and understanding:
Last but not least, a lot of job seekers fail to conduct precision marketing when looking for a new job. You need to market yourself based on where you want to work. After all, the job hunt process is not only about finding companies that need talent, but it is also about marketing yourself as the talent that these businesses cannot afford to miss out on. Make sure your social media profiles are updated, that you have a professional website, and that you are applying search engine optimization tactics to all of this.
Job hunting for any field can be stressful. Use the tips above to help your job hunt go smoothly and help you land your dream position!
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