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Sunday, April 18, 2021

Getting a Job as a Lawyer – Series Overview

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A comment on the site recently prompted me to consider a series of articles designed to assist law students and graduate lawyers to try and position themselves, so far as possible, to maximise their prospects of finding a job.

So with that in mind, this is my first look.

There’s a lot of information out there about graduate lawyers, most of it negative.  Certainly some have the view that there are too many graduates, too much competition, and too many lawyers to begin with (for some people, more than zero is probably too many…)

So really what can you do to try and find  a job as a lawyer other than work really hard and pray?  Well, that’s what I hope to look at in this series.  We’ll be dealing with a few major areas of study and life where you can hope to distinguish yourself from your peers in the job hunt.  We’ll take a look at personality issues, at work ethic, at presentation and practicalities.

Although I wish I could guarantee that these tips would help you find a job, I obviously can’t.  Aside from being mere opinion, there is no sure fire way to getting a job as a lawyer, so at best these tips will help you position yourself as a law graduate or young lawyer that is going to be a valuable asset to a firm.

Here is what I propose to deal with (not necessarily in this order):

  1. Taking a look at yourself and what makes up your personal story – you need to be unique if you’re going to stand out among the crowd – Part 1 is Published Here
  2. Building up a bank of information and experience that you can use to show both breadth and depth to a potential employer – Part 2 is Published Here
  3. Building  a Resume – for this, Rob Davidson from Davidson Recruitment has kindly offered to put together his thoughts on how to build an effective resume – Part 3 is Published Here
  4. Who you Know – why your ability to interact with people you haven’t met yet and leverage (not in a bad way) people you already know is not just critical to your ability to get a job but will also help you down the track – Part 4 is Published Here
  5. Social Media – my thoughts on whether social media is going to help you at all to get a job – Part 5 is Published Here
  6. Now that you have a  story I’ll look at how to tell it – how your individual tale can shine without you coming across like a weirdo – Part 6 is Published Here

If you want to ensure that you don’t miss out on these, make sure that you’ve connected with me using the Social Media buttons on the right or, better yet, signed up by email using the Subscribe function.

Got any specific requests in this space?  If so, comment below and I’ll do my best to get it included.


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  • Hi, just wondering if you have any tips for facing the ageist hurdle for new lawyers.
    An oldey but a goody statement is not appropriate in a resume.


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