Hope you had a wonderful holiday season. It’s almost time once again for resolutions. Is finding a new legal career your resolution? At Swan Legal Search, we’re ready to help! As always, we have a couple of new legal job opportunities on our website. For more information, contact us. If you don’t see a career that suits you, ask us about other opportunities. We get information about new openings every day!
Partner position — Bay Area
Bay Area office of this international law firm seeks a corporate merger and acquisitions attorney or groups with $1M book of business. The firm is looking for an attorney with extensive experience with international deals valued at more than $1M. A specialized skill set is critical for this position. This position is perfect for an attorney with a global mindset and who appreciates collaborative work environment.
Associate position — Orange County
This law firm is searching for a land use and natural resources associate (2005-2007 graduate) with litigation experience. The ideal candidate will help a wide range of public and private clients to address environmental, natural resource, land use and permitting challenges.
Contact us today to speak about these opportunities or the many other opportunities that come through our doors each day.
Recently, I came across an interesting blog post about lawyers and the fact that they are slow adopters of social media. As a reader of this blog, you’re already involved in social media, so you’re ahead of the curve. However, have you ever considered using social media as a way to find a job or as a way to get hired for a job that you’ve already targeted? Social media, including Linked In, Twitter, Facebook and blogs, are wonderful ways to get your name in front of hiring attorneys and recruiters.
In particular, using Linked In is a wonderful place to start. (There are, of course, many other social media sites that can be very helpful in getting a legal job, as well.) The question remains – how do you use Linked In to your advantage? It’s a great question, and there are several easy ways to use Linked In to make sure that you land the law firm job you’ve always wanted.
- If you don’t already have a Linked In account, start one today. It’s very simple. Fill out your bio information completely. Be sure to include all of your previous career experience, your education and any other information that could be helpful for a hiring partner to know about you. Most importantly, make sure to include a professional picture. People connect more with a picture than with text.
- Ask previous bosses and co-workers for recommendations. It is sometimes hard to ‘brag” about yourself, so let others do it for you! It’s important that potential employers see you have great skills and an incredible work ethic. Also, it doesn’t hurt to show that previous employers can’t stop raving about you.
- Connect. Find people on the site who work within the practice area and city where you’re focusing your job search. If you’re interested in speaking with someone you don’t know but would like to know, ask one of your other connections to “introduce” you. You’ll be amazed how many people you know have connections with people you wish you knew.
- Get involved with the site. Check in every day. Join groups of attorneys or other professionals who work within the field in which you’re interested. Be sure to update your status report and read others’ status updates. It’s also important to invite people to join you and answer connection requests you receive from others. The point is to connect with and interact with people.
- Answer questions. Take advantage of the “Answers” section of Linked In. This is a section where people can ask questions about any number of topics. Find a topic about which you can thoroughly answer questions and answer away! Show people that you know your stuff when it comes to your area of practice. Others will take notice!
- Post questions. It’s a great idea to ask questions, as well. This shows that you’re involved and that you’re trying to gain knowledge about the law or the legal field. Asking questions is also a great way to meet other lawyers. When they answer questions, you can ask them to connect with you and you can start a dialogue.
- Don’t be shy. Make sure that folks know you are looking for a job. You can subtly mention on your status update that you’re “working on your resume.” You could also be more direct and ask some of your connections for informational interviews or introductions to hiring partners. As long as you are polite and considerate, you should ask for what you want.
There are so many ways to use Linked In to your advantage. The more you involve yourself on the site, the more benefit you’ll derive. Before long, you could be connected to hiring partners at the firm of your dreams.
If you have any other questions about the legal job search, contact us. We’d be happy to help. Swan Legal Search has been helping attorneys and law firms connect for more than a decade. We’re attorneys helping attorneys, and we’d be thrilled to help you!
It’s Monday – the day we help you with your job search by posting new job opportunities! Each week, we add new job opportunities for lawyers looking for associate and partner positions throughout California. If these opportunities aren’t right for you, please contact us. We get news about new openings every day.
Looking for a position in the Bay Area? This international law firm is seeking a tax partner with a $800K book of business and experience with tax controversy practices at the Federal or State tax level (e.g. administrative appeals, litigation).
Maybe you’re looking for an associate position? The Irvine and San Diego offices of this large law firm are looking for a 2002-2006 patent prosecution associate. The ideal candidate will have an engineering or advanced physics degree and experience in the patent prosecution area.
Looking for a position you didn’t see here? Contact us and let us know which position would be a perfect fit for you. At Swan Legal Search, we’re attorneys helping attorneys!
Another week, another legal job opportunity! Whether you’re an associate or a partner, we’re always getting word about new openings at law firms throughout California. No matter what type of practice area best suits your career goals, contact us. We get new career opportunities daily.
This week, the associate position is located in the Bay Area. This law firm is seeking a 2004-2008 tax associate. As a lawyer at this firm, you’ll work with emerging growth companies, entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists. For more information about this position, see SwanLegal.com.
If you’re searching for a partner position in Los Angeles, this could be the career opportunity for you. This international law firm seeks a real estate partner to help build the Los Angeles office. In addition to real estate legal work, you must help create a thoughtful business plan for continued growth for the Los Angeles office. This could be a wonderful opportunity for an attorney who is interested in the business side of running a law firm.
Please check back often: our legal opportunities are updated weekly, and we receive information about new legal jobs daily. At Swan Legal Search, we want to make sure that your next job is your best!
We all know that first impressions can be very powerful. A great interview can really “seal the deal” when it comes to getting the law firm job of your dreams. So, how do you go about giving a great interview? Your mother had it right – be polite and be yourself.
Although many folks struggle with interviews – so many nerves and so much uncertainty about the “right” answer – being genuine is key. Also understand that employers are looking for someone who is interested in the firm, the practice areas and the position itself.
As an attorney, you understand the importance of being on time and dressing the part. We won’t cover those elementary interview steps in this post. We will, however, cover some interviewing tips that will dramatically help your chances with landing the perfect job.
- Do your research. No matter how large or small, there’s bound to be something on the Internet about the firm or the attorneys working in the firm. Research the names of the partners. Review what types of cases this firm has handled in the past. Find out if any of the attorneys have published cases and read the cases. In some instances, you may be able to find information about philanthropic causes the firm supports or other community involvement of the firm. All of these things are great topics for discussion during your interview.
- Be polite to everyone in the office. You have no idea who really pulls the strings in a law firm. Many times, the interviewers will ask the receptionist about how you acted, what you said and if you were early or late to the interview. It’s always a good idea (in interviews and in life) to treat everyone with kindness and respect.
- Be prepared to answer tough questions. If interviews were easy, everyone would get a job. Understand that interviewers aren’t looking for perfection; they’re looking for someone who is authentic and who fits in with the firm. The interviewer may ask you a question about your weaknesses or about your dream career or what you liked least about your previous job. It’s fine to be perfectly honest (but tactful) when answering.
- Follow up with a thank you. In the old days (five years ago or so), people hand-wrote thank you notes after an interview. This is still definitely a wonderful gesture; however, it takes a little bit too long to reach the recipient. You should send a thank you email to the interviewer during the same business day as the interview. If you want to reinforce your gratitude, it’s fine to mail a hand-written thank you card, as well.
- Check back in with the interviewer. Understand that many interviewers are speaking with other candidates and are still trying to complete his or her “regular” work. Resumes and candidates sometimes get lost in the shuffle. Make a follow-up phone call or send an email within 3-5 business days to ask about how the interview process is coming along and reiterate your interest in the position.
- Ask questions. Nothing is more of a turn-off to an interviewer than someone who doesn’t ask questions. Asking questions shows interest and natural curiosity – two character traits that many employers want in an employee. Even though you may have to dig for something to ask, be prepared to ask something about the firm or the position.
Keeping these simple steps in mind can help even the most nervous interviewees nail the law firm interview. If you have more questions about finding the perfect law firm job, please do not hesitate to contact us. We’re in the business of matching the best legal jobs with the best attorneys.