Unless your loved one included a job offer with the flowers and chocolate, February 15 will be a good time to energize your job search. Begin with these Three B’s.
Begin a Job Search By Ditching Your Baggage
- you will look forward;
- you will ditch the baggage (disappointment, resentment) from your previous searches, and
- you will bring reality-based research to your efforts.
Begin a Networking Program
Start where you are and ignore your previous awkward false starts by making a coherent plan to make real connections. You are looking for people whose work interests you. You will find them through friends, family, career and alumni professionals, faculty, blog posts, syllabi, Google searches, professional organizations’ websites, litigation records and the hundreds of other research tools that you have at your fingertips.
- Commit to connecting to one person each week. Be prepared to ask meaningful, specific questions about work and career path.
- Commit to keeping track of your contacts and following up on their recommendations for reading or for contacts.
- Commit to circling back and thanking these people for their help.
Begin a learning activity
You can distinguish yourself from the pool if you have learned something relevant that you can discuss during a networking meeting or in an interview.
- Do a pro bono project to gain client relationship, problems solving, writing, and (sometimes) trial skills that you can present on a resume and discuss in your networking and employment meetings.
- Research in your area of interest. Candidates who have taken the time to learn about the issues and problems facing prospective employers tend to get noticed and hired.
- Learn as much as you can about the business AND the industry so that you can present yourself as a person ready to work on multi-faceted problems, not just legal issues (which rarely exist in a vacuum).