If you’re in the market for a legal job, you know that competition can be fierce and the process frustrating. But it doesn’t have to be. There are many ways you can improve your legal job search strategy to help get your name in front of more potential hiring managers and land that next job in your career. Here are three ways to expand your search to make you more successful and get a job offer.
1. Work with a specialized staffing agency.
Finding a job is hard work, and it often feels fruitless. You network, search jobs on the Internet, and send your resume blindly into the hiring black hole. But what if there is another way? Partnering with a specialized staffing agency that focuses entirely on the legal industry can increase your chances of landing a great job. A staffing firm will connect you to their vast network of companies, which will give you more potential opportunities. They are also in a position to represent you to their clients in a way that is best suited to your experience and interests.
2. Ensure that your resume is professional.
It may also be time to review and retool your resume. This document may be the single most important tool you have in your job search arsenal. Ensuring that it is top notch is critical to your success. It is the first impression a hiring manager has of you and your experience. Review your current information. Seek a second opinion. Include information on previous accomplishments that will set you apart from your competition. Sharing actual data and numbers makes it easier for a potential employer to understand. Edit for grammar, spelling and overall content. And, most importantly, individualize and customize it for each position to which you apply.
3. Don’t be afraid to widen your net.
Finally, you may wish to consider casting a much wider net. If you are too focused on a single industry or location, you may be missing out on opportunities that are perfect for your career advancement and interest levels. If you have the flexibility to relocate, consider cities that sound interesting to you or where you fit in best with the community culture. Consider industries that are just adjacent to your current field of expertise to see how you can transfer your skills.
NRI Staffing helps great candidates partner with law firms and corporate legal departments in Washington DC, Virginia and Maryland. Contact our great team today to work with a leading legal staffing agency in Washington DC.