Are you ready to take the next step on your legal career path? Good lawyers and their staffs regularly push themselves outside their comfort zones as they represent their clients. Now it’s time to do your very best work for your most important client: yourself. The results will be well worth the effort as you realize your ultimate career vision.
Let people know you’re seeking a change.
See who you can connect with via social media and traditional means. Even if your primary contact is not in the legal industry, they may know someone in a key position of influence.
- Utilize your social platforms. Post appropriate content on Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and other sites. A word of caution: Always be mindful of your professional responsibilities and the potential risks posed if you network socially. For instance, be sure that your online profiles and activities do not violate rules of conduct or threaten security.
- Join or increase your participation in your alumni group. University and law school databases are packed with contacts. In addition to joining these conversations and discussions, ramp up your involvement in committees and events. The same holds true for your state, ABA and other professional groups.
Find others who have done it.
Among your most useful contacts will be those who have already made the same kind of career change that you’re currently seeking. LinkedIn can be especially helpful in this regard, as people’s career paths are right there on their profiles.
- Reach out to recent job changers. While individuals with extensive tenure at their firm or company can be very helpful, those who recently made career moves can offer relevant strategic advice.
Schedule informational interviews.
Informational interviews are a valuable hybrid of a networking opportunity and an information session. They can give you important insider scoops, as well as a much-needed job search morale boost.
- Make a list of organizations you’d like to work for. Then contact lawyers or legal staff members there and ask for a few minutes of their time for an informational interview. Target those who are in aspirational roles, but won’t be too busy to meet. For example, it might be wiser to approach an associate with a few years’ experience, versus a senior partner.
- Look for people with whom you share a connection. Perhaps they graduated from your college or law school or come from your hometown. These individuals will be more likely to meet with you.
- Make it clear that you simply want to learn about their career and get their perspective. Only after you’ve made a great impression should you broach the topic of your job search.
You’ve worked hard to get this far in your career. Check our the Candidate Resource Center provided by the team at CPS Recruitment for additional guidance as you take the next step on your successful career path.