Many of you and the experienced attorneys I work with – have never really had to look for a job before. They were hired as a summer associate out of law school moved with a group at their law firm to another firm – or were enticed by a client to go in-house. Or, began their careers in the government and stayed there.
If that is your situation – you might benefit from hiring a career coach to help you think about your next move – do you want to stay in your current field or industry? Or is now the time to try something you have always wanted to do? And what does that something look like? The following are ideas I presented at a PLI webcast last spring, “Career Moves and the Experienced Attorney.”
7 Steps to Follow to Make a Successful Move
- Taking Stock – Take the time to assess your situation and reasons you want to move, before starting your job search.
- Research Market and Develop Goals – What is going on in the market? If you are moving in to a new field, you should thoroughly research that field, and talk to people in the field.
- How do YOUR skills match up? – Make a list of your skills; what do you have to offer? What don’t you like about your current work? What are your strengths, and then go after jobs that will be a fit.
- Gather Intel – Informational Interviews – Talk to people who are in the line of work you want to transition to. When applying for jobs, it is important to apply your research and analytical skills. What is the most important to the employer? Read about the employer’s successful business transactions, or if it’s a law firm or government agency, recent wins. What is in the news that might impact the employer, and how could you add value to their business, organization or firm?
- Enlist Contacts to Pave the Way – Who do you know who can recommend you to the future employer? Identify the people who can help.
- Apply for the job – Be SURE your resume fits the job description. Take the time to customize it for the type of organization – a corporate resume is much different that a law firm resume. First impressions count!
- Make the Most of the Interview – Thoroughly prepare for the interview. This again, is where a career coach can help. Treat the interview process like an oral argument or a major business development meeting. A practice interview session will boost your confidence and prepare you for questions you may not have anticipated.
My services include:
- Career Transitions
- Creating a Strategic Career Plan
- Resume Review
- Interview Preparation
- Management Coaching
- How to Build your Professional Network and Business Development Skills