Tara Kachaturoff of TeachMeLaw Radio and I spoke recently about what recent law school graduates can do to increase their chances of getting hired now. If you didn’t do these three things while you were still in law school then read the bolded language in the interview transcript below to see what you can do NOW to move your job search forward. Let me know if you have any additional questions.
Tara: Can you tell us real briefly, what are three things that recent law school graduates to increase their chances of being hired? Like three really simple things that they could do? Maybe not at the level of having the internship or something but what are three other things they could do that will put them ahead of this stack of resumes sitting on somebody’s desk?
Jessica: Reaching out to people on social media, but also writing a blog and tweeting. Anybody that puts himself out there as an expert in your field, if you want to go into entertainment law…
Tara: Start blogging.
Jessica: Write about it. Be where those people are. Once they get to know you, you’re already a colleague. You’re not just starting from the bottom. I think that writing is crucial, since I’ve touched on an important skill for lawyers to have. Showing that you can do that but also with your own personality. Be careful there.
That goes also to researching. You just have to know what you’re talking about. You just mentioned lingo. If you aren’t speaking the language of the industry and the niche within law that you’re going into, you’re not going into it. Any office anyone’s worked in, you can call on your day off and speak their language. You have to know that. That’s crucial.
Talking to people in real life not just online; talking to your friends, friends from law school, friends from college. What are they doing? What’s going on in their industry? Maybe there’s an industry you don’t even know exists yet. Doing the research, writing about things that interest you; so many people put things on their resume that they hate doing. Guess what? That’s what you’re going to get hired to do.
Thank you Casting Words for this transcript.