One of the defining moments of an individual in any industry is getting employment to a position that they like and one that is well rewarding. To get such a position, a person has to invest in conducting a proper job search, else they are bound to get negative results.
These results include:
- not finding a job position at all,
- making less money than they are supposed to,
- working in an area or field that one does not enjoy and
- even getting a position that does not have any prospects of advancing.
Every job seeker is prone to making job search mistakes, even attorneys. Here are some of the 5 biggest attorney job search mistakes they make.
1. Majority of attorney job seekers are scared of opening themselves to rejection. This is usually the case especially with individuals who have had some experience in the field. Majority of these attorneys prefer to look for job opportunities from friends or few firms that they already know people. With these firms, they are assured of their application being accepted as compared to applying to another institution where they stand a chance of being rejected.
2. Most attorney job seekers do not allocate enough time for preparing professional materials for job applications. The law professional is one that is dedicated to the examination of details and making decisions based on those minute details. As such, when less time is spend in preparing job seeking material, the attorney may not get hired since the application documents may be too short or lacking in both content and precision. The application resume need to be more detailed than just stating that you are looking for a job.
3. Majority of attorney job seekers have limited options on where to look for jobs. The largest percentage of attorney job seekers rely only on newspaper advertisement, job application boards and word of mouth friends for job leads. What they do not realize is that law firms are constantly interviewing individuals, all they need to do is knock on their doors for that opportunity. Some of the firms with vacancies may not have the time for advertising, or have an opening that they are just waiting for the right individual to present themselves.
4. Most attorney job seekers are blind to the fact that majority of law firms are out to make profit from hiring them. As such, rather than presenting their job application like individuals who are out to benefit the firm, their application depicts that they are just out looking for employment without an intention of adding value to the organization.
5. The largest percentage of attorney job seekers do not study the job market before making their application. Just like in any other industry, there are particular law jobs, depending on the location and time, that one is likely to easily get employment as compared to others. For instance, in an area where crime rate is relatively high and few established companies, it is easier to get hired as a criminal attorney than to get a job as a corporate attorney.
Author Bio: Richardo is writer and businessman from New Jersey , with years of experience in employment law and other workplace related issues.