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Trying to Find a Legal Job? Then Stop it – you’re wasting time

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I know – it sounds a little harsh, doesn’t it? After all, you need a job, you need some money, and your entire self worth has kind of been wrapped up in the very expensive law degree that you’ve just finished.

Fear not – I’m not here to tell you that there are no jobs, that you won’t find one, or that the task ahead of you is impossible.

I’m here to tell you that you need to change your perspective.

The Problem with Getting a Job as a Lawyer

As you gradually receive (or not) the rejection letters that will inevitably arrive, you’re going to tell yourself that you’re not good enough, you didn’t work hard enough, and that finding a job will be impossible for “someone like you”.

Here is the issue with getting a legal job – it’s selfish. You start to get entirely wrapped up in the process, where YOU need a job, YOU need the money, YOU need the validation.

Let’s start making it not about you, OK?

Legal Jobs Require Connections

Sure, you might get a job on the strength of your CV and your grades.

But most of you won’t.

Most you you will hunt jobs down through grit, determination and a neverending string of job applications and time spent on recruiter’s pages.

But imagine this – what if you could “make a call” like they do in the movies?

What if you knew a person who knew a person who was looking for someone just like you?

You could – with the right connections.

So Get Out of the Duldrums

Get your head out of the sand, you poor unemployed masses – and start making connections.

Here’s how:

So Here’s the Deal

If you message me, email me, contact me, or seek my help in terms of finding a job – and you haven’t invested time in building connections in the legal industry, then I’m going to ask you a simple question: “why?”.

You are not powerless.

You are not incapable.

You are not stupid.

And you are not unemployable.

But you need connections.

So go and get them!

Happy Lawyering!

 

 

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3 COMMENTS

  • Hi Chris,

    Great post, and very true. After dozens of applications got me nowhere, I started networking and got my current role as a legal researcher within a month. I’m going to continue using this method as I climb the career ladder.

  • 100% correct. It’s all about relationships. Law graduates seem oblivious to the fact that 80% of the job market is not advertised – it is hidden and only accessible via making connections. I go blue in the face telling my law students this!

  • I was smiling while i reading that your wrote “Most you you will hunt jobs down through grit, determination and a neverending string of job applications and time spent on recruiter’s pages.” it was my feeling but now i have got it.. thank you sir/madam

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