Looking for a new job can be downright brutal at times. The process is time-consuming, stressful, and it often does not generate the leads a legal professional may want. If you’re striking out as of late in the job search department, make sure you’re not committing one of the mistakes below. Avoiding these will undoubtedly help when the going gets tough. This is true for every type of legal professional – from lawyers to paralegals to legal support personnel to legal administrators.
Using Limited Search Methods
Legal professionals cannot go limited in their job search methods. This means they should not rely on one job search resource, as in looking at one job posting website, or speaking with one colleague. Rather, professionals must use every possible legitimate resource at their disposal. These resources may include:
- Several employment related websites (e.g., Indeed, Monster, USAJOBS, etc.);
- Job fairs;
- Networking events;
- Colleagues; and
- Temporary staffing agencies.
Choosing to use several search methods broadens a professional’s reach. This means he/she can find more opportunities. It also results in a more diverse collection of potential job openings.
Taking Rejection Personally
A tough reality to face in the job search process is that searchers will face rejection. It is inevitable. There are most often more people looking for jobs than there are available employment openings. This means that candidates will have to be turned down.
Legal professionals cannot take this personally. Yes, a refusal may sting. But professionals must move past it as quickly as possible. A message of nonacceptance does not mean a candidate is not qualified. It simply means he/she does not match the specific hiring requirements of an employer – which can be extremely complicated.
Not Telling People of a Search
Now, as a disclaimer, there are times when a candidate may want to keep their job search a secret. This may be the case if they already have a job and are looking for a new opportunity. Here, it is typically wise to not let their current employer in on the fact that they may jump ship.
But, in most other situations, candidates cannot keep quiet in their hunting. They should, at the very least, inform the following that they’re looking for a new job:
- Supervisors; and,
As legal professionals tell more people of their intentions, the odds are that they will learn of more possible employment openings. If a person whispers a message, the intended recipient might not hear it. However, if a person screams the same while waving flags and beating drums, an entire city will learn of it.
LAW DAWGS has been working with legal candidates for almost 30 years now. We know many of the difficulties legal professionals face when looking for a new job. But we also know that these same professionals can inadvertently make certain errors that negatively impacts their success when finding a new employer. The mistakes above are the most common ones. If you’re looking for a new job, please take a moment to review your methodology and make certain the above are not being followed. Also, please know that you can always contact us with any job search questions you may have.