Finding the next promising job opportunity can be difficult. And in today’s marketplace, that’s putting it extremely lightly.
There’s just so much to consider: salaries, working conditions, locations, prospects for the future, colleagues, etc. The complexity of the decision is only amplified further in the legal world, where professionals have studied long and hard to secure the best position possible.
When you do find that remarkable opportunity, though, it’s a special moment. Everything seems to line up and you charge headlong into making it yours. And if all goes well, you secure the role and things turn out exactly how you imagined they would.
To help you realise this vision, we’ve put together six job hunting tips that legal professionals use to land their ideal roles.
1. Find The Right Roles
First things first, actually finding the appropriate position is a big hurdle. The big common job platforms are overcrowded by job hunters, so as well as signing up to all of them, it’s a good idea to leverage other smaller platforms too.
Once you have a list of job boards and accounts, it’s time to get organised. Too often, job seekers spend their time refreshing the same platforms and waiting for the dream job to appear. If you have a strategic approach, you can maximise your time and the amount of positions that you see.
Tip: Create an excel or Google Sheets file where you can track all of the platforms you have signed up to. Use this as a reference to structure your job seeking activities and to use your time well. Have a “time last checked” column and tick off each platform as you go so that you can be sure you’ve covered all your bases.
2. Time Your Move
Timing is always important, and when it comes to finding a job, it’s everything. The hiring process — particularly for legal candidates — can be a long and complex one that involves many rounds of interviews. It’s even a more important job hunting tip than finding the right role, as no matter if a job sounds perfect, if you don’t apply in time and are available when they need you, it’s as good as non existent.
Tip: Plan out different scenarios of the job hunting timeline. Create a best and worst-case scenario where you find a job either immediately or after a long time. This will help you to avoid worrying throughout your search and help let you know what you can expect.
3. Adapt Your CV
It’s important that you cater your CV specifically for each application. The market is incredibly competitive so you need to stand out from the crowd and become the clear and obvious choice for each role.
Tip: Adapt your CV according to the job description and incorporate keywords from the advertisement into your application. Also take design into consideration and make sure that your experience and skills go above and beyond what’s necessary for the role.
4. Manage Your Reputation
When it comes to job hunting tips, it would be unthinkable not to mention the digital space.
The digital space is replete with information about every single one of us, so it’s important you do your best to manage your reputation and clean up your web presence. Nearly all recruiters today look for information about candidates online, so you want to control yours as much as possible.
Tip: Make it a priority to configure your privacy settings appropriately to restrict who can see your content. You can also request for content to be deleted or even entire accounts if necessary. It’s not a bad idea to reflect your professional interests in your online accounts either.
5. Research the Company
The social media profiles of the companies you’re applying to will contain lots of useful information. Through it you can learn about the ethos of the company, as well as job listings, and specific contact information. It’s also a great way to learn about anecdotal information that you could mention in the interview stages to show you’ve really researched the company.
Tip: Check out the “About us” or “Contact” page of the company that you’re applying to for info about its team and links to its social media profiles. Scan each of these and take away a couple of talking points. Perhaps a new project or company anniversary could be interesting to mention.
6. Consider Your Availability
If your initial application is a success, then you’ll move onto the next stage of the process which, depending on the company, could be a video or in-person interview, a telephone call, or an invitation to a job fair. You’ve got to be ready for these opportunities, yet it’s surprising how many candidates fail to take them into account.
Tip: Make sure you’re available for these events ahead of time. Turning them down without a good reason can reflect poorly on you, so you’ll want to make sure you’re available and even go out of your way to show your commitment to the role.