Truth be told, it’s not always easy to find a job in law, no matter how hard you studied at law school or how determined you are. However, there are a few things you can do to improve your chances so you’re more likely to be hired.
Not every job will appeal to you but it will not hurt for you to apply for them. Do not hold back and wait for the ideal law-related job to come along, it may never materialise. Look for any and every job and you’re more likely to be hired.
What’s more, is applying for jobs and going to interviews can be good practise. After a while you will know exactly what to write on those application forms and what to say at an interview.
Apply for a job even if you don’t think you’ll get it, it’s always worth a try.
Be Flexible about Where you Work
You may be tempted to look for work in your city but there may not be as many openings as you’d hope. Look for jobs outside of your city, even if they are a few hundred miles away. The more jobs you apply for the more likely it is that you’re going to be offered one. If you’re not sure you have the time to look for work in another city use a legal recruitment agency to help you search.
Apply to Those Small Law Firms
Yes it would be lovely if you could work for a large law firm but your dreams may not be realistic. Apply to those small law firms and take the interview just as seriously as you would applying for a large firm.
A small law firm may slowly but surely introduce you to the world of law and help you get on your feet.
Talk to Anyone who Works in Law
Do you know someone else who works in law? Talk to them, let them know you’re looking for work. Build those connections and you may well hear of a job opening that you like the sound of. There’s no harm in making sure more people know you are looking for a job in law, so start connecting with people who already are.
Dress Appropriately for Interviews
Whether you’re applying for a job with a small law firm or with the country’s most prestigious law firm you need to dress appropriately for interviews. Make sure you look and sound the part and really sell yourself, it’s not all about your resume. Let the interviewer know how they would benefit from employing you, ask them questions about the position and appear interested. You may not want the job in question but it never hurts to do your best at an interview. If you’re offered a job you’re not sure you want, take it, you could gain valuable experience.
Finding a job in law is not always as easy as you may have hoped. However, if you use the above tips when searching for a post you’re more likely to be successful.