There are more business services opportunities in law than ever before. But job seeking in today’s recruitment market can be daunting. Do you start with your social media branding or CV? Go direct to employers via a good search of employer review sites? Use recruiters? Or a mix of all options – in which case, in which order? Wealth of choice can soon become a minefield.

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But we can help. Here are some of our tips for finding that next perfect job…

  1. Build the right platform for success. Use social media to create an online brand. Share updates on LinkedIn, follow relevant groups, comment on interesting pieces that have caught your attention, share good stories about your firm or success pieces that you’ve been involved with. Don’t post anything, anywhere, that you wouldn’t want a prospective employer to see.
  2. Link in with peers and counterparts, and build your network. You’ll be amazed at how receptive people are at being contacted via LinkedIn if you work in the same industry. You’ll also be impressed by how much you can learn. Not only will this present potential employers with a more impressive profile, but you may well make contacts that will help you in your job search.
  3. Join industry groups, if you haven’t already done so. Are you a member of PM Forum, PSMG, LSN, the Junior Chamber of Commerce or UKTI? Are there any others you can join? All of this will help you build your knowledge and network – which will also help lay the right foundations for getting that new job.
  4. If you lack the skills to secure the job you want, and you can’t get training within your existing firm, consider now whether it’ll be worth sourcing some external training. PM Forum, PSMG and LSN run regular sessions tailored to different areas. Look at industry events, social media training, and diplomas that might add value to your existing qualifications.
  5. Talk to recruiters. Good ones should be able to support you with relevant advice, market insights and genuine help on roles/firms that would be a good fit for your next career move. Expect honesty, and a real willingness to support your personal goals. Also see our recent post, ‘Why use a recruiter?’
  6. Spend time on your CV, and then some more time besides. Effort here is never wasted. If you work across several areas, typical in a smaller firm, it can be hard to make this document stand out. But think about areas where you might have excelled, or projects that were particularly successful, and highlight these, explaining your achievements. If you take part in other activities and committees within your firm not related to your role (for example CSR, Family networks, LGBT, etc), highlight this too. Check your spelling and grammar, and then check again! Ask for help or guidance. Your recruiter should be able to offer you advice on this too.
  7. Be confident, and don’t undersell yourself, either in your CV or in any of those interviews that you secure.Have confidence in the career decisions that you have made, and the steps you have taken to move forwards. Make this show.

Preparation as ever is key: build your online profile; carefully, comprehensively and confidently present your skills and capabilities in your CV; and build relationships with recruiters you can trust. You can then look forward to securing interviews and taking the next step up on your career ladder (more on the interview stage in a later post!).


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