It’s that time of the year once again. We may be enjoying what we once affectionately called “Spring Break,” or merely planning a weekend getaway, but this is also the time to do a bit of spring cleaning, both personally and professionally. With this series we will discuss both aspects of this spring cleaning within the context of the job search.

It is well-known that during this time of the year firms, corporations, and non-profits begin finally putting into action their New Year’s resolutions and plans. With that in mind, it also means that hiring is going to ramp-up, something that we here at Legal Authority call the “Spring Bump”. That should act as your cue to start thinking about your career path and where you want to be at this time next year.

If you are simply locked in a job that you are no longer enjoying or if you are still on the job hunt, now is the time to get your house in order and solidify your plan for securing the employment that you WANT this year. But how do you do this? Where to start? Well, here’s a helpful list of things you should focus on as we continue our weekly discussion about stepping into the job search:

1.       REFINE THAT RESUME: You have undoubtedly gained more experience over the course of the past year, and you need to make sure that all your experience from this year is included in your resume. Here are a few overlooked portions of your resume that you should include as well:

  • CLE Classes: These classes are especially helpful to put on your resume when you are transitioning between practice areas. By highlighting your attendance at an “Entertainment Law” CLE when you are trying to transition into entertainment law, you are showing that you are interested and committed to that field of law. It’s all about marketing yourself.
  • Volunteering/Law Clinics: Have you volunteered somewhere and provided legal services to those you were working with? Then include it! That is quality experience and shows your dedication to your community. Stability and personal investment in the community are two things employers are always looking for.

2.       NETWORK NOW: You may have been hibernating for the winter, but as spring is upon us, this is your opportunity to kick your networking into high gear. You need to get motivated so that you can connect with decision makers before the summer vacation season starts up. So schedule those coffees, lunches, and cocktail hours now! There is no better way to secure a job than through a great networking connection. Here are a couple of sources to look toward for networking:

  • Local Bar Associations: Only you know if you have actually networked consistently. In order to network properly you don’t merely show up once – you attend the events consistently, schedule numerous meetings and make an impact. Be charismatic, confident, and ready to mingle.
  • Your Law Fraternity: Speaking from personal experience, Phi Alpha Delta has been one of the best networking tools in my arsenal. PAD has a list of attorneys on their site that are open to networking with other alumni and I am certain the other Fraternities do as well. Be sure you are putting that investment to good use. Not a part of a law fraternity? It might not be too late! Look into it now.

3.       FIND A MENTOR: Beyond networking, and above all else, you need a mentor. A great mentor is someone who can provide you with the guidance required to navigate the legal employment market. Try to connect with older alumni from the law school you graduated from. Most law school career service centers maintain a list of alumni willing to serve as resources. If you cannot find an attorney who is in practice, refer to a law school professor.

4.       UTILIZE LINKEDIN: You may be marketing yourself and you don’t even know it. LinkedIn® is a great way to introduce yourself to other professionals online. If you have been neglecting your profile then continue reading this series – I will be speaking directly about your LinkedIn profile in the coming weeks.

5.       KEEP APPLYING: I know what you are thinking. Among the hundreds of submissions you’ve made, you have only heard back from a handful. This is frustrating and at times deeply upsetting, but you have to keep at it. If you continue to apply, you are putting your name out there, and you never know if the next submission might be your last. Even though postings may seem sparse, there are still great opportunities out there if your materials are well prepared.

6.       ENJOY THE SPRING: Most importantly, this is a time of rebirth NOT remorse. If you feel that your job search did not bear fruit last year, leave it in last year. You need to take care of your spring cleaning and start getting out there.

So there you have it, a brief overview of what you need to think about over the course of the next 7 days before we start our discussion about developing your career path. If you haven’t started your spring cleaning already, don’t worry. It’s never too late to start. If you need any further guidance or you want to speak with me further about the job search, schedule an appointment with me at www.legalauthority.com and I will help find the right approach for you.

All the best,

Gordon

 

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Talk about prestige, a clerkship is one of the highest honors in the legal profession and there are numerous places you can clerk. What a fantastic opportunity this can provide to advance your career and be part of the inner workings of the court system. And you can do this at any point in your career. In fact, clerkships are not just for recent graduates, they are also for people who have been practicing for quite a while and are seeking the opportunity to give something back to the legal system.

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Only people who were on law review at Harvard Law School can get a clerkship.

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There are thousands and thousands of clerkships and they are open to all! Certainly, the more prestigious clerkships can be more difficult to get. Nevertheless, you too can be a clerk!

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A HISTORY OF FINDING ATTORNEYS POSITIONS AT EVERY LEVEL OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Legal Authority came about because of attorneys’ need for a service that would actually get them the specific types of jobs they want. Being an attorney is among the very most prestigious professions in the United States. The people who choose careers as attorneys are highly intelligent, motivated and capable of great things. The public relies upon attorneys to perform an extremely important service and the work of attorneys has a profound impact on society.

In fact, attorneys are held in such high regard by society that most outsiders simply assume they will always be in the type of job they want. The fact is that every member of the legal profession—from law students, to associates and partners at small AmLaw 100 law firms, to General Counsels of Fortune 100 companies, to public interest and government attorneys–may need access to all of the potential positions matching their interests is something that is virtually ignored by law schools, headhunters and job posting boards.

HOW LEGAL AUTHORITY CAME ABOUT

The founder of Legal Authority is a former law student, practicing attorney, legal recruiter and law professor. It was his understanding gained from these three experiences and the inefficiencies he saw in terms of how most attorneys have traditionally gone about getting legal jobs that led to the founding of Legal Authority.

WHAT THE FORMER LAW STUDENT SAW

As a law student he could not understand why he had to apply to only the firms his career services office told him about. This made absolutely no sense to him. They ran the whole show. He went to a Top 10 law school and saw lots of attorneys who did not have jobs by the time they graduated and others only got offers from firms in areas of the country they did not really want to work, or with firms they knew they would be unhappy working for, or with firms where they would practice in an area of law they flatly did not want to practice in. Other students tried applying to all the firms in the NALP Guide or a few of the better looking ones in Martindale—all to no avail in finding the type of job they wanted.

With so many attorneys practicing throughout the United States, this did not make any sense to him either. He was confident there was the perfect job in the city of the choosing of the attorney. This was something he was sure of. Several years later, he learned that many of the attorneys who had made the wrong choices while in law school were no longer practicing law. This did not surprise him. Some of the law students who did not have jobs when they graduated simply gave up hope of ever being an attorney after graduating from law school. The former law student believed this was an enormous tragedy and did not make a tremendous amount of sense.

WHAT THE LEGAL RECRUITER SAW

In his role as the head of a legal recruiting firm, he saw that too many good attorneys were not getting jobs. During the slowdown in the market for corporate associates virtually no corporate associate with less than 5 years of experience was employable in a major law firm in the United States—regardless of their qualifications. Oftentimes he would invite these stellar attorneys into his offices and assist them in sending unsolicited applications to 300-400 firms in his recruiting firms database (not under the legal recruiting firm’s letterhead).

A funny thing happened. All of these attorneys got jobs. Lot of jobs. Jobs a recruiter could not have gotten them.

Everyday this recruiter would personally review every resume of an attorney who approached his placement firm. Then, after reviewing each resume, he would respond personally to each resume. With several recruiters working for him, he would refer out the best resumes to his recruiters. Then, he would reject several people a day and send them a short note thanking them for contacting his firm. This was something that he believed was very unfortunate. Many of the attorneys would respond to his rejection emails that they were going to simply give up. He knew they were giving up.

With so much effort put into these people becoming attorneys he felt disgruntled. On the weekends he would often invite in the candidates who were most persistent in seeking out the recruiting firms services—regardless of their qualifications. He would help them apply to a couple hundred of law firms on their own (without using a recruiting firm—just the firm’s contacts). Regardless of these attorneys qualifications, the vast, vast majority got positions this way.

WHAT THE FORMER LAW PROFESSOR SAW

One hot Saturday July afternoon, the recruiter received a telephone call from one of his former law students who was getting ready to take the bar exam at the end of July. This law student had been one of his students at the Fourth Tier law school he taught at. This student had graduated second in his class and yet had never received an interview with a firm composed of more than one attorneys in his three years of looking for a job. As a law student, the individual had tried everything his career services office offered, applied to every firm in the NALP Guide and every firm he could find that looked good in Martindale. All to no avail.

Since this individual had been one of the recruiter’s students, he knew that he had to do something to help him because he knew this individual would one day be an outstanding attorney. He spent three full days helping the student prepare and revise letters to send to several hundred firms and this student received several offers. In fact, this student wound up practicing for one of the top firms in the city of his choosing. Incidentally, it was a firm that had not listed itself in any of the so called “traditional sources”.

WHAT THE FORMER ATTORNEY SAW

As an attorney, this individual had known scores of other practicing attorneys who had been searching for the perfect in house or law firm position for years. All to no avail. Many of these individuals had stellar qualifications. One day one of the attorney’s best friends was laid off. In fact, he had been laid off for months by the time he called his friend who was a recruiter. The attorney had just recently purchased a house and had a second child on the way. In addition, he was near the limit on his credit cards. The recruiter felt that he really had to do something and so he took action.

This attorney was interested in both in-house and law firm positions. The attorney had been working with recruiters for months and searching job boards and replying to classified listings. The attorney also had been laid off from a top firm and had outstanding qualifications.

The recruiter took drastic action to help his friend who was interested in a very small section of the United States. He assisted him in applying to every potential in-house and law firm position using a database that he developed with his friend and a staff of 5 temporary workers he hired for this very purpose. The recruiter used his own personal funds. He purchased every source of information he could find and for over a month he worked with his friend and five other people to assist him in gathering contact information for this area of the United States. The information was not complete; however, when the letters were sent out he knew his friend would find a position. In fact, by the time he accepted an offer he had already received over 15 interviews and had six job offers.

LEGAL AUTHORITY WAS BORN

The recruiter realized that attorneys all over the United States could benefit from this type of service. The five individuals were asked to stay on and more people were added. At a cost of over $1,000,000 a database was built. First for law firm positions, then in house positions, then for public interest positions, then for government positions. We worked for over six months building a database before launching Legal Authority. Since that time, the staff has grown to over 40 people gathering contacts and assisting individuals and Legal Authority now assists hundreds of attorneys each month.

JOB BOARDS, RECRUITERS AND CLASSIFIED ADS CANNOT POSSIBLY COMPETE WITH LEGAL AUTHORITY

There are a lot of sources out there which will distract you from your central goal of getting the job you want. Headhunters, job boards and classified ads cannot possibly compete with Legal Authority. Legal Authority actually has all the potential jobs and allows you to (1) apply for positions where there are not hundreds of people competing for the same position, and (2) apply for positions without attaching a $20,000+ fee an employer will have to pay if they hire you. Legal Authority puts you in control of your job search so you can actually get the job you want.

Traditional Legal Recruiting Firms Cannot Compare to Our Effectiveness

Put a Price on Hiring You (If You Want)

Legal recruiting firms charge hiring organizations a fee which is generally 25-30% of an attorney’s annual salary if they hire an attorney. Who would you hire if you were a hiring organization???

Candidate A: Cost if hired through a recruiter: $25,000+

Candidate B: Approaches firm because has identified this firm as a place they would like to work. Cost to firm $0.00

Not all hiring organizations are willing to pay these fees and hiring organizations—who are businesses—obviously prefer candidates not coming through recruiting firms.

The Vast Majority of Companies Do Not Use Legal Recruiters

The vast majority of companies do not use legal recruiters. Legal recruiters are used when a company is having an exceedingly difficult time filling a position. However, it is very rare that a corporation has an exceedingly difficult time filling a position. A great number of attorneys dream of going in-house and find these positions by using a service like Legal Authority. The other positions are generally filled by companies drawing in attorneys from their own law firms. Call a legal recruiting firm in any major city and ask them how many in-house opportunities they have for you. Chances are they will be able to list them off on one hand. Does this make much sense to you? There are thousands of companies in most major cities that employ attorneys of different backgrounds.

In addition, the only law firms which are likely to use recruiters to fill positions are those that cannot fill these positions on their own. The best and most prestigious law firms are frequently approached by attorneys on their own and do not need to do a lot of proactive recruiting. In addition, smaller to mid sized law firms often cannot afford the fees legal recruiters charge. Why vastly limit your universe of opportunities when you can use Legal Authority?

Hope (And Pray) Your Legal Recruiter Knows What Is Out There

The amount of work required to learn of all the available positions in a market is profound. Most legal recruiting firms are made up of a few individuals with relationships with a limited number of employers. In addition, it is a little known fact that law firms and corporations often will not do business with recruiters (or ever see their candidates) who are recruiting from their firms or corporations (and firms and corporations do find out). Accordingly, you may be limiting yourself to a very limited number of potential employers.

Other legal recruiters may send your materials to firms they have never even spoken with and then demand set fees. Legal Authority can connect you with every employer that matches what you are seeking to do without a middleman or a fee hanging over an employer’s head.

Job Boards and Classified Ads Cannot Compare to Our Effectiveness
There are literally hundreds of job boards for attorneys and job students. No attorney could possibly find all of the job boards. Even when opportunities are located on job boards, you are simply putting yourself into competition with the thousands of other attorneys that have an email account. In addition, many hiring organizations do not advertise open positions. Accordingly, by using job boards you may be missing a substantial number of positions on an ongoing basis.

In addition, many job boards charge employers $500 or more to post a single classified listing on their site. Many employers do not want to pay these fees either (and that even assumes they are being proactive enough to search out job boards). Another lesser known fact is that many job boards pride themselves on having the most positions. This may sound like a good thing; however, to get all those jobs the job boards may run ads on their sites for 60 days or more (long after the position has even been filled).

ATTORNEYS IN THE KNOW USE LEGAL AUTHORITY

Attorneys in the know use Legal Authority because it works. We have assisted attorneys from virtually every top law school and AmLaw 100 law firm in the United States get their next position. We have also assisted numerous General Counsels of Fortune 500 corporations. Our service is quick, cost effective and works. If there is a suitable attorney position that matches your interests available, the odds are almost certain we can put you in touch with the employer with the position. Many attorneys we have assisted have tried other methods in their job search for months or even years before contacting Legal Authority and successfully landing the position they have been seeking.

LEGAL AUTHORITY IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET A LEGAL POSITION

It has been estimated that over 85% of attorney positions are filled through an attorney’s self-initiated contract with a particular legal employer. Using Legal Authority, you can apply to any type of legal employer that matches what you are seeking to do. Those who use Legal Authority have the satisfaction of knowing that they have reached every single employer that matches what they are seeking to do. Legal Authority is, hands down, the most effective way to get a legal position. In addition, our Attorney Employment Advocates and Attorney Writers will assist you making the best possible impact with your resume and cover letter.

“It has been estimated that over 85% of attorney positions are filled through an attorney’s self-initiated contact with a particular legal employer.”

“IT’S HOW ATTORNEYS GET JOBS”

Compared to job boards, legal recruiters, classified ads, networking, outplacement firms or career services offices, no other means of finding your next legal job even comes close to Legal Authority. At Legal Authority, we assist attorneys and law students apply directly to law firms, corporations, public interest organizations, state and federal clerkships—you name it.

Our database contains more legal hiring contacts than any other source on Earth and we have a staff of over 40 attorneys and researchers working 24 hours a day to drive the careers of our attorney candidates forward. Our service is focused, discrete, confidential and enormously effective when you consider your next legal job is already in our database.

WE ARE THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET YOUR NEXT LEGAL JOB. PERIOD.

Using Legal Authority, hundreds of attorneys each month ensure they (1) are considered for every possible type of job opportunity they are interested in, (2) receive the highest possible compensation, and (3) work in a place they will enjoy working. Legal Authority is the best and most effective way to get a legal job. By assisting you in compiling a list of employers where you are almost certain to be working in your next job,

A HISTORY OF FINDING ATTORNEYS POSITIONS AT EVERY LEVEL OF THE LEGAL PROFESSION

Legal Authority came about because of attorneys’ need for a service that would actually get them the specific types of jobs they want. Being an attorney is among the very most prestigious professions in the United States. The people who choose careers as attorneys are highly intelligent, motivated and capable of great things. The public relies upon attorneys to perform an extremely important service and the work of attorneys has a profound impact on society.

In fact, attorneys are held in such high regard by society that most outsiders simply assume they will always be in the type of job they want. The fact is that every member of the legal profession—from law students, to associates and partners at small AmLaw 100 law firms, to General Counsels of Fortune 100 companies, to public interest and government attorneys–may need access to all of the potential positions matching their interests is something that is virtually ignored by law schools, headhunters and job posting boards.

HOW LEGAL AUTHORITY CAME ABOUT

The founder of Legal Authority is a former law student, practicing attorney, legal recruiter and law professor. It was his understanding gained from these three experiences and the inefficiencies he saw in terms of how most attorneys have traditionally gone about getting legal jobs that led to the founding of Legal Authority.

WHAT THE FORMER LAW STUDENT SAW

As a law student he could not understand why he had to apply to only the firms his career services office told him about. This made absolutely no sense to him. They ran the whole show. He went to a Top 10 law school and saw lots of attorneys who did not have jobs by the time they graduated and others only got offers from firms in areas of the country they did not really want to work, or with firms they knew they would be unhappy working for, or with firms where they would practice in an area of law they flatly did not want to practice in. Other students tried applying to all the firms in the NALP Guide or a few of the better looking ones in Martindale—all to no avail in finding the type of job they wanted.

With so many attorneys practicing throughout the United States, this did not make any sense to him either. He was confident there was the perfect job in the city of the choosing of the attorney. This was something he was sure of. Several years later, he learned that many of the attorneys who had made the wrong choices while in law school were no longer practicing law. This did not surprise him. Some of the law students who did not have jobs when they graduated simply gave up hope of ever being an attorney after graduating from law school. The former law student believed this was an enormous tragedy and did not make a tremendous amount of sense.

WHAT THE LEGAL RECRUITER SAW

In his role as the head of a legal recruiting firm, he saw that too many good attorneys were not getting jobs. During the slowdown in the market for corporate associates virtually no corporate associate with less than 5 years of experience was employable in a major law firm in the United States—regardless of their qualifications. Oftentimes he would invite these stellar attorneys into his offices and assist them in sending unsolicited applications to 300-400 firms in his recruiting firms database (not under the legal recruiting firm’s letterhead).

A funny thing happened. All of these attorneys got jobs. Lot of jobs. Jobs a recruiter could not have gotten them.

Everyday this recruiter would personally review every resume of an attorney who approached his placement firm. Then, after reviewing each resume, he would respond personally to each resume. With several recruiters working for him, he would refer out the best resumes to his recruiters. Then, he would reject several people a day and send them a short note thanking them for contacting his firm. This was something that he believed was very unfortunate. Many of the attorneys would respond to his rejection emails that they were going to simply give up. He knew they were giving up.

With so much effort put into these people becoming attorneys he felt disgruntled. On the weekends he would often invite in the candidates who were most persistent in seeking out the recruiting firms services—regardless of their qualifications. He would help them apply to a couple hundred of law firms on their own (without using a recruiting firm—just the firm’s contacts). Regardless of these attorneys qualifications, the vast, vast majority got positions this way.

WHAT THE FORMER LAW PROFESSOR SAW

One hot Saturday July afternoon, the recruiter received a telephone call from one of his former law students who was getting ready to take the bar exam at the end of July. This law student had been one of his students at the Fourth Tier law school he taught at. This student had graduated second in his class and yet had never received an interview with a firm composed of more than one attorneys in his three years of looking for a job. As a law student, the individual had tried everything his career services office offered, applied to every firm in the NALP Guide and every firm he could find that looked good in Martindale. All to no avail.

Since this individual had been one of the recruiter’s students, he knew that he had to do something to help him because he knew this individual would one day be an outstanding attorney. He spent three full days helping the student prepare and revise letters to send to several hundred firms and this student received several offers. In fact, this student wound up practicing for one of the top firms in the city of his choosing. Incidentally, it was a firm that had not listed itself in any of the so called “traditional sources”.

WHAT THE FORMER ATTORNEY SAW

As an attorney, this individual had known scores of other practicing attorneys who had been searching for the perfect in house or law firm position for years. All to no avail. Many of these individuals had stellar qualifications. One day one of the attorney’s best friends was laid off. In fact, he had been laid off for months by the time he called his friend who was a recruiter. The attorney had just recently purchased a house and had a second child on the way. In addition, he was near the limit on his credit cards. The recruiter felt that he really had to do something and so he took action.

This attorney was interested in both in-house and law firm positions. The attorney had been working with recruiters for months and searching job boards and replying to classified listings. The attorney also had been laid off from a top firm and had outstanding qualifications.

The recruiter took drastic action to help his friend who was interested in a very small section of the United States. He assisted him in applying to every potential in-house and law firm position using a database that he developed with his friend and a staff of 5 temporary workers he hired for this very purpose. The recruiter used his own personal funds. He purchased every source of information he could find and for over a month he worked with his friend and five other people to assist him in gathering contact information for this area of the United States. The information was not complete; however, when the letters were sent out he knew his friend would find a position. In fact, by the time he accepted an offer he had already received over 15 interviews and had six job offers.

LEGAL AUTHORITY WAS BORN

The recruiter realized that attorneys all over the United States could benefit from this type of service. The five individuals were asked to stay on and more people were added. At a cost of over $1,000,000 a database was built. First for law firm positions, then in house positions, then for public interest positions, then for government positions. We worked for over six months building a database before launching Legal Authority. Since that time, the staff has grown to over 40 people gathering contacts and assisting individuals and Legal Authority now assists hundreds of attorneys each month.

JOB BOARDS, RECRUITERS AND CLASSIFIED ADS CANNOT POSSIBLY COMPETE WITH LEGAL AUTHORITY

There are a lot of sources out there which will distract you from your central goal of getting the job you want. Headhunters, job boards and classified ads cannot possibly compete with Legal Authority. Legal Authority actually has all the potential jobs and allows you to (1) apply for positions where there are not hundreds of people competing for the same position, and (2) apply for positions without attaching a $20,000+ fee an employer will have to pay if they hire you. Legal Authority puts you in control of your job search so you can actually get the job you want.

Traditional Legal Recruiting Firms Cannot Compare to Our Effectiveness

Put a Price on Hiring You (If You Want)

Legal recruiting firms charge hiring organizations a fee which is generally 25-30% of an attorney’s annual salary if they hire an attorney. Who would you hire if you were a hiring organization???

Candidate A: Cost if hired through a recruiter: $25,000+

Candidate B: Approaches firm because has identified this firm as a place they would like to work. Cost to firm $0.00

Not all hiring organizations are willing to pay these fees and hiring organizations—who are businesses—obviously prefer candidates not coming through recruiting firms.

The Vast Majority of Companies Do Not Use Legal Recruiters

The vast majority of companies do not use legal recruiters. Legal recruiters are used when a company is having an exceedingly difficult time filling a position. However, it is very rare that a corporation has an exceedingly difficult time filling a position. A great number of attorneys dream of going in-house and find these positions by using a service like Legal Authority. The other positions are generally filled by companies drawing in attorneys from their own law firms. Call a legal recruiting firm in any major city and ask them how many in-house opportunities they have for you. Chances are they will be able to list them off on one hand. Does this make much sense to you? There are thousands of companies in most major cities that employ attorneys of different backgrounds.

In addition, the only law firms which are likely to use recruiters to fill positions are those that cannot fill these positions on their own. The best and most prestigious law firms are frequently approached by attorneys on their own and do not need to do a lot of proactive recruiting. In addition, smaller to mid sized law firms often cannot afford the fees legal recruiters charge. Why vastly limit your universe of opportunities when you can use Legal Authority?

Hope (And Pray) Your Legal Recruiter Knows What Is Out There

The amount of work required to learn of all the available positions in a market is profound. Most legal recruiting firms are made up of a few individuals with relationships with a limited number of employers. In addition, it is a little known fact that law firms and corporations often will not do business with recruiters (or ever see their candidates) who are recruiting from their firms or corporations (and firms and corporations do find out). Accordingly, you may be limiting yourself to a very limited number of potential employers.

Other legal recruiters may send your materials to firms they have never even spoken with and then demand set fees. Legal Authority can connect you with every employer that matches what you are seeking to do without a middleman or a fee hanging over an employer’s head.

Job Boards and Classified Ads Cannot Compare to Our Effectiveness
There are literally hundreds of job boards for attorneys and job students. No attorney could possibly find all of the job boards. Even when opportunities are located on job boards, you are simply putting yourself into competition with the thousands of other attorneys that have an email account. In addition, many hiring organizations do not advertise open positions. Accordingly, by using job boards you may be missing a substantial number of positions on an ongoing basis.

In addition, many job boards charge employers $500 or more to post a single classified listing on their site. Many employers do not want to pay these fees either (and that even assumes they are being proactive enough to search out job boards). Another lesser known fact is that many job boards pride themselves on having the most positions. This may sound like a good thing; however, to get all those jobs the job boards may run ads on their sites for 60 days or more (long after the position has even been filled).

ATTORNEYS IN THE KNOW USE LEGAL AUTHORITY

Attorneys in the know use Legal Authority because it works. We have assisted attorneys from virtually every top law school and AmLaw 100 law firm in the United States get their next position. We have also assisted numerous General Counsels of Fortune 500 corporations. Our service is quick, cost effective and works. If there is a suitable attorney position that matches your interests available, the odds are almost certain we can put you in touch with the employer with the position. Many attorneys we have assisted have tried other methods in their job search for months or even years before contacting Legal Authority and successfully landing the position they have been seeking.

LEGAL AUTHORITY IS THE MOST EFFECTIVE WAY TO GET A LEGAL POSITION

It has been estimated that over 85% of attorney positions are filled through an attorney’s self-initiated contract with a particular legal employer. Using Legal Authority, you can apply to any type of legal employer that matches what you are seeking to do. Those who use Legal Authority have the satisfaction of knowing that they have reached every single employer that matches what they are seeking to do. Legal Authority is, hands down, the most effective way to get a legal position. In addition, our Attorney Employment Advocates and Attorney Writers will assist you making the best possible impact with your resume and cover letter.

“It has been estimated that over 85% of attorney positions are filled through an attorney’s self-initiated contact with a particular legal employer.”

IF YOU USE LEGAL AUTHORITY

If you use Legal Authority you can rest assured that you are taking the most focused action possible in your job search. On an average week, we put in over 1,200 hours worth of work into our database. The cost of modifying our database runs well into the seven figures on an annual basis. There are literally over 50 sources we are using on an ongoing basis to update and modify our database. In terms of legal hiring contacts, there is no organization on Earth with more contacts. This is what we do and we are the absolute best in the business we are in.

Our Employment Advocates who assist you in compiling your list of employers are all seasoned legal professionals. With only one exception, each of our Employment Advocates are attorneys. In addition, our profession writers have the type of experience to help you create a resume and cover letter that has the best possible impact on employers. Out of the hundreds of attorneys we assist on a monthly basis, there are very few instances in recent memory when an attorney had a complaint that we did not provide the most effective job search for them possible. It is exceedingly rare that an attorney has ever contacted us and told us that our service did not work. In fact, this has occurred in less than 1 in 1000 attorneys we have ever assisted.

TAKE YOUR FUTURE INTO YOUR HANDS
Legal Authority allows you to choose the direction and expansiveness of your job search. Once you make the decision to work with Legal Authority, we will do our absolute best to ensure you find the position you are seeking—whether it is in a law firm, corporation, public interest organization, law school or government office. We are proud to make that promise to each of the attorneys we work with. All of our candidates and clients know that we mean business and take our jobs

“Legal Authority is, quite simply, the most effective way for attorneys to get the type of legal job they are seeking.”

THERE ARE CHEAPER ALTERNATIVES TO FINDING A LEGAL JOB THAN USING LEGAL AUTHORITY

True. There are also ways to ensure you get a legal job and ways that may ensure you do not. You can search job boards and hope that the perfect position comes along. You can also try and find a recruiter with the job you want. You could also subscribe to over 50 legal directories and publications and hire 40 people to update this information for you 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The later is what we do at Legal Authority. Because thousands of attorneys use our service, the cost is generally far cheaper than were you to do the work yourself.

In most instances, the cost of using Legal Authority is less than $2.00 per employer we help you contact and our search can be as expansive or narrow as you choose. In addition, we verify the information we have before providing it to you, rewrite your resume and cover letter, print it addressed to the specific employers you choose and ship this to you. We speak with attorneys on a daily basis who believe they can do all of the work themselves. If your time is worth less than $7.00 an hour (assuming it takes you 15 minutes to find each hiring contact, enter this information into a letter, proof each letter and then print each resume and letter) and a staff of 40 people, access to over 50 legal directories and $1,000,000 to just build a database, then you can do it yourself. A lot of attorneys think they are smarter than us or somehow have this figured out. If you are one of those attorneys, then go we cannot help you.

ABOUT US

Legal Authority is made up of attorneys, writers and researchers who bring a high degree of understanding, competence and a proven track record of achievement to your job search. Our team has attorneys supervising and working with the attorneys who use our service at every level of the search process.

“With hundreds of attorneys served each month, Legal Authority may very well get more attorneys jobs than any other single organization in the United States. By eliminating recruiters and job boards from the search criterion, Legal Authority empowers attorneys to take charge of their careers.”

OUR MISSION
Our mission is simple: To get attorneys jobs and be the very best at what we do. Anywhere. To that extent, we have developed the largest database of legal employers on Earth and a team of Attorney Employment Advocates who connect attorneys with the jobs which match their interest.

In the Year 2002, Legal Authority looks forward to counseling and enthusiastically represent attorneys and making meaningful differences in the quality of their lives and advancing thousands of more careers.

At Legal Authority, we firmly believe we are the most effective

means anywhere for attorneys and law students to locate their perfect legal position. We have assisted thousands of attorneys and Legal Authority can help you too: We maintain a staff of over 40 attorneys, researchers and writers and have the largest database of legal hiring contacts on Earth. Virtually every day of the week attorneys and law students get multiple legal positions using Legal Authority. No job board, placement firm or any other source can make this claim. What we do for attorneys works.

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Law School for Mature Students

by writer on March 26, 2014

By: Deborah Acker

Do any of the following scenarios sound familiar? You have been working for years in a high-level career that is not taking you where you want to go…or you have been slaving away working on your Ph.D. and are facing many more years of fairly thankless work in other peoples’ labs at student wages before you see any chance for autonomy or recognition…or you have one of those degrees (such as a degree in electrical engineering, computer science, or physics) you have heard all the intellectual property law firms are seeking. If you are a sophisticated, bright individual who has done a little poking around, you may have come to the conclusion that obtaining your law degree will be the solution to all your problems—your ticket to nirvana, the inside track to wealth and prestige! And it might even lead to interesting work.

Before you start filling out law school applications, it is critical that you understand the legal lifestyle and the proper strategy for crafting a successful legal career. Simply earning a J.D. is not enough. Depending on your ultimate goal, making a thoughtful transition into law requires your consideration of a number of factors before you take the leap.

This article will examine what an individual with an advanced degree or an established career needs to consider when approaching a transition into law. A subsequent article will examine how to have a successful career as a law firm associate if you come to a firm with an advanced degree (or degrees) or significant career experience.

So you want to be a lawyer? How much do you know about what lawyers do? Do you have friends in the law? Have you been perusing law firm websites, reading bios, and hearing about those entry-level salaries for associates at top firms? Don’t get caught up in fantasy. Do your research. Talk to people who are doing the work you think you might enjoy. Take them out to lunch. Ask about hours. Ask about how they spend their days. Ask about client contact and participation (or lack thereof) in law firm management. Take an inventory of what you have enjoyed in your professional life and what drives you crazy. Learn what lawyers do, and decide whether living out that reality would make you happy.

The potential salaries are seductive, but be realistic. Most of the associates earning top dollar at the big firms are billing between 2,000 and 2,300 hours per year. And that doesn’t include “non-billable” hours. This can be a shock to someone over thirty who is trying to balance family needs with the demands of being a junior associate. Many firms expect you to work into the evenings and on weekends. Many firms expect you to take on rush projects with very little notice. Many associates will say, “Your life is not your own.” All of this is palatable if you are doing something stimulating that you enjoy, but it can be burdensome if you are doing work just to generate a paycheck. The firms paying the top salaries will also expect you to possess top credentials in terms of your law school and your grades.

Some people choose law as a second career for philosophical reasons. They want to become advocates for people, animals, or causes. Many of these individuals choose to work for the government, nonprofits, or smaller firms where profits per partner may not be the sole criteria for judging success. If the zeal of advocacy, rather than the vision of making partner, is your driving motivation, you can take a more flexible route through law school.

Some choose law as a second career based on fascination or experience with specific subject matter. Many experienced individuals have had exposure to specific areas of the law in their professional lives, such as employment law, landlord rights, or real estate, and can further their careers by getting the J.D. Again, the route through law school can be more flexible for these individuals, depending on the sizes of the firms they hope to join.

A J.D. can open the door to a multitude of opportunities within firms, within the corporate environment, within the nonprofit sector, within government, and for individual entrepreneurs. BCG specializes in placing attorneys in law firms; thus, these recommendations will focus on the individual pursuing a J.D. with employment in a law firm as his or her immediate goal.

Before you consider where to apply to law school, it is imperative to know what type of law firm you may want to set your sights on.

Below are run-downs of some of the types of law firms you may be interested in joining.

Large, Prestigious National and International Law Firms

The top-tier national and international law firms tend to be large, with multiple offices, high-profile clients, and significant profits per partner. These firms offer access to the premier lawyers in their practice areas, sophisticated and challenging work, the prestige connected with association with a top firm, and opportunities to develop careers that may lead to national and international recognition. These are the firms that pay the top associate salaries. However, most of these firms are very rigid in their hiring criteria. Many will only consider candidates from the top 20 law schools, as ranked by U.S. News and World Report. Many also require GPAs in the top 10- to 20-percent range, law review experience, and, in some cases, judicial clerkship experience. Competition to get job offers for beginning associates at these firms is intense. And you need to understand the process involved.

These firms hire the majority of their associates through their summer programs. The firms conduct on-campus interviews during students’ first and second years of law school to consider who they might invite to work for them as summer associates. If you have a successful on-campus interview, you will be invited to the firm for one or more call-back interviews. If you do well at these interviews, you may receive an “offer” to be a summer associate. Depending on how your experience goes during the summer, the firm may extend an offer to join them after you graduate.

If you set your sights on a prestigious firm, you need to have this process in mind when choosing your law school, approaching your studies and exams, and getting involved in extra law school activities. Don’t expect to be granted special notice or credit for life experience in law school. If you want to get into a top firm, your GPA will be a critical consideration.

Boutique Law Firms

Many individuals with concentrated experience in specific subject areas will set their sights on law firm boutiques that specialize in areas of the law that complement their backgrounds. A few examples include boutiques specializing in healthcare law, employment law, real estate and environmental law, municipal law, or intellectual property. Often, these boutiques may be more locally or regionally based. Attending a local law school with a decent reputation (ranked in the top 100) and having a strong background in the relevant subject matter may be enough to land you a first job. Grades will still be important, but hiring partners will probably take a broader view of what you are bringing to the table and what subjects you emphasized during law school. If you know what area of the law you want to practice in, it may be smart to consider which law schools are highly rated for programs specific to your area of interest. For example, in some cases, attending a school that is ranked highly in environmental law may be more important than attending a school in the top 20 that may not have a strong environmental program.

However, be advised that the national boutique law firms that carry prestige and serve the big-name clients will probably be as demanding as the big general practice national and international firms. These high-profile boutiques want to be able to flaunt top-level credentials on their attorney bio web pages, and top-notch writing skills are a prerequisite.

Smaller Regional and Local Firms

Firms with 50 attorneys or fewer are incredibly variable in terms of their practice mixes and the types of junior attorneys they may want to hire. Some smaller firms are just as elite and particular as the large international firms. A good rule of thumb is to explore a firm’s website and look at the attorneys’ backgrounds and academic pedigrees. The firm will be looking for junior associates with the same types of backgrounds. If you find a small firm that emphasizes the practice that interests you, make contact with one of its attorneys and find out if and how they bring in new attorneys. Most attorneys enjoy speaking with people who want to learn about what they do, as long as they are not asking for anything more than information. The process of hiring junior associates in these firms can be informal, based on word of mouth referrals or Internet advertising, or it can be based on a summer associate program as rigid and formal as those at the larger firms.

The Special Case of Intellectual Property

Those individuals with strong science or engineering backgrounds make up a unique group. In some markets, intellectual property law firms are aggressively recruiting junior associates from among first-year law students who claim these credentials. If you have an electrical engineering degree, a computer science degree, a physics degree or a Ph.D. in the bio arts, as well as significant industry experience, a recruiter may be able to represent you as a new graduate. The top intellectual property firms are selective and expect students from top-20 law schools, although students from law schools in the top 50 with strong intellectual property programs may be considered. Grades are important, but extracurricular activities related to intellectual property are also weighed heavily. Speaking to a BCG recruiter with expertise in the intellectual property market while charting your course through law school will keep your options open, as you plan submissions to firms and progress through the associate ranks. A legal recruiter can be incredibly helpful long before you need him or her to help you find a job.

Conclusion

Do your research. Have some idea of where you are headed before you jump into law school. As a first-year law student, I had a sudden awakening. I thought I was taking time off from life to contemplate a new career, try things out, enjoy the luxury of simply being a student, and explore whatever might interest me. I was jolted out of this reverie by the law school career counselor who gave the first-year students their October orientation. She stressed that we were not allowed to submit resumes to law firms in pursuit of summer associate jobs until December of our first year. I seemed to be the only student surprised that we were expected to start approaching potential employers only 12 weeks after beginning law school. I remember walking out of that meeting dumbfounded, thinking about how I had no idea what I wanted to do after law school. How was I to know where to submit resumes?

Although not knowing what you want to do is not a terminal condition in your first year, if you end up setting your sights on the top-level firms, you will be behind in the game if you did not enter law school knowing that was your goal from the beginning.

Other considerations for the older student include the debt load you are willing to shoulder to achieve your goals in the law, the issue of geographic relocation, and how well you will be able to balance law school and the legal lifestyle with your current lifestyle. I will explore these topics, as well as day-to-day strategies for “older” associates in sophisticated law firms, in future articles.

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Practice Makes Perfect

by A. Harrison Barnes on March 19, 2014

Does interviewing make you nervous? If so, you are in good company. Just keep in mind: the more you practice, the better you will become. A great way to prepare for an interview is to think about all of the accomplishments you have made. What in your past are you most proud of? What sets you apart from the competition? How have you contributed to other organizations you have been a part of? Focusing on what you have done well will not only help you prepare for an interview, but it will also increase your confidence.

Here are a few questions you should be prepared to answer:

1. Tell me a little about yourself.

2. What attracted you to the practice of law?

3. Why are you interested in this position?

4. What is your greatest asset? What is your greatest asset liability?

5. What contributions can you make to our organization?

6. What do you see yourself doing 5 years from now?

7. Why did you decide to go to law school? Your law school?

8. What are you long range career objectives? How did you establish these goals?

9. What three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?

10. In what area of law would you like to practice?

11. Do you think your law school grades are a good indication of your ability?

12. What three adjectives best describe you?

13. Why should I hire you?

14. What is your favorite movie?

15. What is the last book you read?

16. Do you work better with others, or on your own?

17. Why did you leave your last job?

18. How do you deal with stress?

19. Do you have any outstanding job offers?

20. What sets you apart from others interviewing for this position?

21. What salary are you looking for?

22. Are you aggressive?

23. Do you have any questions I can answer?

Be sure you relate your responses to the position you are interviewing for so that the interviewer will see why you are right for the position. You will inevitably be questioned about the information included on your resume, so do not forget to review the resume prior to your interview.

Rehearsing your answers will help you to feel more confident. Set up a video camera, watch yourself in front of a mirror, or get someone else to practice with you. It is true what they say, practice makes perfect.

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Legal Authority Is a Great Way for Law Students to Get Jobs

by A. Harrison Barnes on March 12, 2014

If you’re trying to find the perfect legal job, there’s probably something you don’t know. Before you start searching, you need to enlist the best legal job search tool in the world: Legal Authority.

Competitive law students and lawyers who have been successful in their job searches would never be willing to share this important secret with you; but I’ve made it my business to help attorneys get jobs, so I want you to have this key piece of information: More than 85% of all open legal positions are not published anywhere.

They’re not listed on job boards or in classified ads. You won’t read about them in attorney magazines, and you probably won’t even hear about them from a recruiter. Law firms and other organizations around the country are waiting to hear from you, and you don’t know who they are, where they’re located, or what kind of attorneys they need.

Legal Authority has developed a three-part method to help lawyers just like you get their ideal jobs quickly. Here’s how it works:

1. We find the perfect employer for you.

Our database contains more than 98% of all legal employers in the United States — altogether, more than half a million legal employers. We employ hundreds of researchers who work to identify legal employers and hiring contacts and then classify this information based on organization type, size, and geographic location. Developed at a cost of several million dollars, our database has a large scale and a degree of accuracy that is unmatched by the data available through law schools or other job-search companies.

2. We create the perfect legal resume for you.

Once we’ve identified your ideal types of positions and employers, we will assist you in crafting a flawless resume and cover letter that will show potential employers you’re the perfect fit for their organization. We employ dozens of skilled resume writers who will work with you personally to create for a resume that makes you stand out. A good resume is the critical starting point in your job search, and we design more successful legal resumes than any other company in the world.

3. We give you all the resources you need to apply to every position that fits.

Finally, once you’re fully satisfied with your new resume and cover letter, we will mail you as many copies as you need. You will receive your complete, printed, and customized application materials to forward to the employers you select. All you will need to do is sign your cover letters and stamp your envelopes.

If you used any other resource, you’d still be ruling out hundreds of job opportunities simply because you’d be starting with a limited scope. You’d be wasting your time and your money. When you use Legal Authority, you’ll be applying to every relevant organization; your job search will be as thorough, professional, and focused as possible.

No other method can compare with Legal Authority’s proven effectiveness. Go to LegalAuthority.com today to learn more about how to improve your job search and finally get the results you deserve.

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On-Campus Interviewing or Legal Authority?

by A. Harrison Barnes on March 5, 2014

On-campus interviewing allows the largest firms to troll for what they define as the best candidates, (i.e. those with the best grades, law review membership, and class rank). However, most law school graduates have the skills and knowledge to succeed in most firms. Very often, law firms consider potential additions to their firm when they receive a resume in their “off-season”, namely, before or after the on-campus interviewing program. Also, many firms do not want to go through law schools’ frustrating on-campus schedule or bear the expense and lost time of traveling to schools, and they simply fill their ranks with students who demonstrate the initiative to send them a resume.

Legal Authority literally gets thousands of law students jobs each year. We have helped law students from every American law school. Some of these law schools had on campus interviewing programs and others did not (or had extremely limited ones). U.S. News and World Report statistics show that at many law schools, 60% of graduates are employed at graduation and, then, over 95% are employed within six months of graduation. Because we speak with numerous attorneys each day, the reason for this seems self-evident: Many attorneys who are not employed at the time of graduation get positions later. Unfortunately, these other attorneys not employed at graduation are often getting positions that are a last result more than a conscious career choice — poor paying jobs, or those with little chance of advancement.

Legal Authority ensures that law students and practicing attorneys realize their true market value because we assist them in contacting the segment of the market they are interested in, without relying on only the firms who choose to interview on-campus, or the firms recommended by their school.

It is not surprising that few law students get positions through on-campus interviewing. Only a small cross-section of firms even interview on-campus at second tier schools and these are most likely “local” firms. Out of the firms that interview on-campus, an even smaller percentage is likely to do the type of work you want to do. And, even if a given firm does the type of work you want, they are generally only seeking attorneys at the very top of most second tier law school classes. As a result, the range of potential opportunities cannot help but be quite limited.

In contrast, Legal Authority assists law students with contacting every single employer that does what they want to do. You will actually be contacting hundreds, and even thousands of opportunities, available in the markets you choose. By following this route, you ensure that you have access to each and every opportunity possible and realize the greatest “return” possible from both a financial and psychological standpoint. By making every possible contact, you know that you have left no stone unturned.

Each day across the United States, law students get positions through Legal Authority. We simply do not believe there is a more effective means for law students to get positions. We have seen so many law students succeed using our service that we often wonder what would have happened to the careers of these law students if they had not used our service and followed the “traditional” route. Compared to on-campus interviewing, our service is profoundly effective in ensuring that law students locate positions that best match their interests.

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Job Searching during the Holidays

by A. Harrison Barnes on February 26, 2014

Are you among the many job seekers who are contemplating whether you should waste time job searching during the holiday season? If you are, I advise you to start job searching. If you’ve already started job searching, then continue to job search. Contrary to what many job seekers believe, hiring does not come to a halt during the holidays. Hiring may slow down a little, but it still goes on. Employers still have needs for their businesses, and they must continue to fill those needs.

Additionally, there are great benefits to job searching during the holidays. These benefits include that:

  • There is reduced competition among job seekers. Since most job seekers put their job searches on hold, there is less competition for jobs. Since there is less competition, this increases your chances at landing a job.
  • More executives and hiring persons are in good spirits during the holidays. Their good spirits make them more open to networking and interviewing.
  • The holiday season is a great time for networking. There are many parties and events during the holiday season. Take advantage of this and mention your job search. You never know who may be able to help you in your job search.
  • Professionals tend to change jobs, retire, and earn promotions more during the months of November and December. Therefore, hiring persons will be looking to replace these professionals.

Remember, even during the holidays, the is no holiday for job searching.

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How We Work on Client Files at Legal Authority

by A. Harrison Barnes on February 19, 2014

The process of working on client files at Legal Authority is quite complicated and works like this:

First, our clients generally sign up on our website or call in.Once clients call in or sign up on our website, we call to schedule an appointment with them and they are assigned an Employment Advocate who will be their contact person throughout their search.With only one exception, all of our Employment Advocates are attorneys.Our Employment Advocates work with our clients through each step of the process.

Second, once an appointment is scheduled, clients speaks with one of our Employment Advocates about their job search and what they are seeking to do.During the phone call, a list of employers is generated which matches precisely what the client is seeking to do. Employment Advocates will generally counsel clients about what they believe are the most appropriate steps for the candidate to follow in their job search.Employment Advocates are sort of like recruiters because their ultimate objective is to get you a job.The difference between an Employment Advocate and a traditional legal recruiter, however, is that Employment Advocates work with you.

In the third step of the process, the list of employers that the client and Employment Advocate agree upon is sent to our data review center and the resume is sent to our resume and cover letter department.

Our resume and cover letter department is also populated almost exclusively by attorneys.Two of our resume and cover letter personnel have worked in major New York law firms.Another holds a master’s degree in English Literature from the University of Pennsylvania.In our resume and cover letter department, with the input from what you are seeking to do gained from their discussions with you and your Employment Advocate, a resume fitting exactly what you are seeking to do is crafted.

Our data center is extremely sophisticated, operates 24 hours a day seven days a week and is staffed by over twenty researchers.Our data center is populating our database with contact information every day of the week.Many of our candidates often ask us where we get our data and the answer is we get it from numerous sources.The least challenging aspect of our work is getting the data from printed sources.The problem with printed sources, however, is that a large percentage of law firms, corporations and other legal hiring organizations do not even list themselves in printed sources.A listing in Martindale Hubble, for example, costs firms several hundreds of dollars.At a cost exceeding $50,000 a month, our data center pulls information from other data sources making use of U.S. Government issued Standard Industry Classifications (SIC Codes) which classify businesses based upon the type of industry they are in.This information is constantly being double checked, reclassified and loaded into our database.

Once the candidate file is sent to the data center, the data center reviews the list of contacts put together by the Employment Advocate.Since each search is personal to everyone who uses our service, our list of contacts inside each legal hiring organization is never perfect.For example, we try to use contacts that are less than four months old.If a contact is less than four months old we do not use it and reinvestigate who the contact is.In addition, we very rarely have a full list of contacts within each hiring organization because each search our candidates perform is unique.Accordingly, the data center identifies which contacts on the Employment Advocates’ list either (1) need to be found, or (2) need to be updated and sends them to a researcher within the data center.This process of updating the information often takes less than a day. In some cases it has taken our data center over two weeks.Once the data center is happy with its information, it is sent to a data analyst like Catherine for review.

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TAKING YOUR RESUME TO THE NEXT LEVEL

by writer on February 14, 2014

By Gordon K. Sattro

When we are seeking to secure that next job, there a number of things that we consider, and many things that we do not.Transforming your resume into a “targeted resume” is without a doubt among the latter of the two, and that is what I want to discuss with you today.

All too often attorneys view their resume as something that is etched in stone. Many think that if their resume is up to date and has all of their experience it does not require any additional work. This could not be further from the truth.

When you are approaching your resume, don’t view it as a document that is merely informative.Rather, you need to view your resume as your “frontline” marketing tool. When you are drafting your resume, there a few steps that you must go through prior to having a finished product. Here are a few steps to having a fully revised and “targeted” resume:

1. Throw your old resume out. This may seem a bit brash, but what I mean to convey with this statement is that you cannot use your old resume any longer. Why you ask? Your old resume resulted in where you are now, you are on the job search and looking to secure employment, but it is undoubtedly taking longer than you anticipated. A lot of the wait you are experiencing is because you are using the wrong tool for the job. If you had a shovel that was dull and bent would you continue to use it?

2. Start from scratch. You now will have a blank document open on Microsoft Word, start writing. When you are first drafting a resume you cannot confine yourself to the page limits tied to a fully completed resume. Just start writing everything that you did while you were in your previous role and do not move on to your next portion of experience until you feel you have been as thorough as possible.

3. Take the information from above and make it effective! You have written at length what you have done in each role. Now is the time to take that information and reduce it down.More specifically, you are going to take the above document and repackage the information into an easily digestible format. The information that you listed is going to fall into one of two categories:

a. Narrative Portion: The narrative portion of your resume is a two to four line paragraph under each specific portion of experience that gives a general overview of your duties while you were in that specific position. An easy way to think about it is to look at your title at the company/firm. Were you an associate attorney? What portion of what you wrote above covers the general duties that one would expect an associate attorney to have? The experience that covers the general duties of an associate attorney, along with practice areas, will be placed here.

b. The Bullet Points: You have taken out all of the experience that is general and expected of an associate attorney, now the marketing aspect of your resume comes into play. There are three general categories of effective bullet points:

i. Award and Commendations: Did you receive recognition while you were at work? Have you received any awards that represent this recognition? These bullet points are your opportunity to illustrate how well accomplished you are and to display that your employers have recognized your hard work.

ii. Specific instances of accomplishment: Did you take on a case that was beyond your specialty and succeed? Did you take on a management role sooner than your peers normally would? Was there a notable settlement that you were able negotiate? These bullet points are best utilized to highlight specific accomplishments that show the breadth of your experience and your effectiveness as an attorney.

iii. Quantifiable facts and figures: How many cases have you first chaired? How many cases have you second chaired? How many operating agreements have you drafted and submitted? This is your opportunity to show what results you were able to achieve and display what kind of workload you have maintained in your past positions. This is among the most useful because a reader’s eye is drawn to figures. Use this bullet point as much as possible.

4. Finalize your resume!You have highlighted all that needs to be mentioned, you have filtered through all the information you have and now you have an experience section of your resume that truly “sells”. Go through each portion of experience, and the rest of your resume for that matter, to make certain all the peripheral information is accurate. Here are a few common mistakes in the resume to look out for:

a. Lack of consistency: Are all the hyphens equal length? Are all the dates abbreviated/written out? Is this consistent all the way through? Make certain that all of your formatting is consistent throughout your resume. Even the most miniscule mistake can hurt.

b. Lack of a LinkedIn URL: Do you include your LinkedIn URL in your resume? Well, you should. LinkedIn is here to stay and is used by MILLIONS of recruiters and industry leaders.Use it to your advantage and MAKE CERTAIN it mirrors your resume word for word.

c. Contact information: Is it complete? I have seen phone numbers left out and e-mail addresses that are inaccurate.Double check this area, and then check it one more time. This is how your potential employer contacts you.Don’t lead them to an invalid e-mail address.

With this process you will undoubtedly notice that you have a higher quality resume than you have ever had before. Now send it out and wait to hear back. We here at Legal Authority follow a very similar process to the above, but we do a lot of the heavy lifting for you. If you want to hear more about what you can do to improve your resume, visit Legal Authority and schedule your appointment with me today. Until we speak again, happy hunting.

All the best,
Gordon

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