“This book tells you all you need to know about how to get on.” The Times
“Relatively few books have been written with assistant solicitors in mind, about how to succeed at the business of being a lawyer… fewer still have devised a programme for so doing that runs alongside a book. This book does both.”Law Society (The Law Management Section)
5 star rating HR Magazine
In better markets, many lawyers secured their jobs on the basis of strong academic qualifications rather than, necessarily, their interviewing skills. In the current market, interviewing skills can (in fact, will) make all the difference. Since many talented professionals are now in the market for jobs they would otherwise not have pursued, the competition is still tougher, and you can’t assume that you’ll be chosen on the basis of your credentials or intelligence alone. Instead, you need to show why you are genuinely interested in the position, how your skills and experience would add value to the firm, and what assets you bring above and beyond the competition. In essence, you need to work on your interview skills.
Secondly, don’t just scuttle behind your computer, applying for opportunities on-line. This strategy almost never works – least of all because many of those positions don’t even exist. Most jobs – statistics cite over 80% – are awarded through networking. So, my second piece of advice is to get out there, make connections, and build a network. You never know where a referral, helpful suggestion, or even an interview might come from . . . often from a very unlikely place!
Posted on 22/06/2010