Earning your legal degree, passing the bar, and becoming an attorney are definitely accomplishments for which you should be lauded, especially if you graduated near the top of your class or with honors.
However, none of that is a guarantee that you’ll land a premium employment opportunity once you hit the job market. Your degree simply gets you on the playing field, so to speak. Now it’s up to you to take the next step and get noticed.
One of the best ways to get noticed by companies that are hiring in the legal industry is to get noticed by recruiters within that industry. Executive legal recruiters often have the “inside track” to premium employment opportunities, and aligning yourself with an experienced recruiting firm can pay big dividends for your career.
However, how can you get your candidacy noticed by legal recruiters? The key is to make yourself stand out from the other candidates, and below are four ways you can do just that:
#1—Construct a stellar resume.
A “good resume” isn’t good enough. Most candidates have a “good resume.” Tailor your resume specifically to the positions for which you want to be considered. This helps make the connection between what an employer and a recruiter are seeking and what you can provide as a potential employee.
Of course, there are other things you can do to make your resume look stellar, especially aesthetically, but if you’re not emphasizing what’s truly important, then you won’t be standing out for the right reasons—or at least for the reasons that will lead to a new job.
#2—Create a compelling profile on LinkedIn.
Recruiters are in LinkedIn just about every day, looking for great candidates like you, and that’s why your profile is so important. Once again, though, you should focus on making the connection between what you can offer and what employers are seeking. This means emphasizing your skills, abilities, talents, and experience.
In addition, obtain endorsements and recommendations for your profile, which lend credibility to the claims you’re making about the value that you offer.
#3—Blog (and participate in other blogs).
Another way to stand out from the crowd is to position yourself as an expert in a particular area. Blogging on a consistent basis can help with this, but make certain that you write well and accurately about your subject matter. If you don’t, you won’t brand yourself as an expert. Instead, you’ll brand yourself as somebody who can’t write well and doesn’t conduct an appropriate amount of research.
Regularly reading other blogs within your chosen field will increase your knowledge, and commenting on posts in those blogs will contribute even more to your online visibility.
#4—Increase your face-to-face networking efforts.
Want to get noticed by recruiters? Go where they go. Online, they go to LinkedIn and niche sites within the legal industry. How about offline? Are there conferences and conventions that both recruiters and candidates are likely to attend, not to mention employers?
Research these events and consider attending. In this day and age of rampant social media use, engaging in face-to-face networking is a relatively easy way to stand out in a competitive marketplace.
If you follow these four tips, you will make yourself stand out from the other candidates, and executive legal recruiters will notice you and your resume. You will be on your first step of finding your perfect new job or career!