\par \par NALP Conference Takeaways (Part III): Tips and Tricks\par \par

NALP Conference Takeaways (Part III): Tips and Tricks

I’d like to close out the NALP Conference series (click the titles to read Part I: What Does It Take To Be A Great Lawyer, and Part II: What’s Going On In The Legal Hiring Market?) with tips and tricks I thought were worth sharing from two sessions: one addressing how to use LinkedIn, the other how to pursue alternative uses of your JD.\par \par Using LinkedIn\par \par First, know that we do plan on providing programming on this in the near future, either live or in a webinar. It is my impression that many of you either do not have a LinkedIn account, or have one that is not being used to its potential. The tips below will presume you at least have an account (for those who don’t, you really need to get one, and at least include a photo and some basic information.) \par \par Here are a few tips I picked up from various people and sessions:\par \par • Create a custom URL for your page. To do this you’ll go to your profile page, click Edit, then click Edit Contact Info. You should see your LinkedIn URL in the bottom-left corner of that window. Unedited, it will likely be very long with lots of letters and numbers. You want to shorten and personalize it. For example, mine is now {\field{\*\fldinst{HYPERLINK “www.linkedin.com/in/danielhare1”}}{\fldrslt{\ul\cf1 www.linkedin.com/in/danielhare1}}}\f0\fs22 .\par \par • Adjust your notifications settings so that you’re only alerting your network to updates you specifically want them to see. A good example is sometimes people will add jobs they have been doing for a while to their profile, but it looks to their network as if was a brand new job/career change. Those updates can be modified and you should make sure yours reflect what you want your network to see.\par \par • Check out your LinkedIn Network Map here: {\field{\*\fldinst{HYPERLINK “http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/”}}{\fldrslt{\ul\cf1 http://inmaps.linkedinlabs.com/}}}\f0\fs22 . This will show you your network in clusters, and help you figure out where you have connections and where you need to beef them up.\par \par • Follow “Influencers” and comment on their posts. This is a great way to start getting your name out there an engaging with others who are interested in the same subjects as you.\par \par • Watch for a new blogging feature to soon be made available to all users. You may want to use it as a platform to write on legal issues you’re interested in.\par \par Finding Alternative Careers\par \par As you know (or should know) from the graduation surveys, only about 60% of law school graduates nationally take an entry level job practicing law (i.e. a job requiring a bar license). Graduates in the other 40% go into categories such as JD Advantage jobs (e.g. SEC compliance at a bank) and Other Professional jobs (e.g. business consulting). \par \par But how do determine whether an alternative position would be right for you? Further, within what alternative career would you be a good fit? Finally, how do you find those opportunities and sell yourself to alternative employers? According to expert Cheryl Heisler at Lawternatives, it’s a four step process. Step 1: Self-assessment; Step 2: Market-assessment; Step 3: Resourcing / Networking; and Step 4: Sales/marketing. Those steps are a whole other blog post, if not series, but for more check out this article. \par \par She also suggests what she calls “active reading.” Active reading is reading publications in the area you’re interested in, but not just for your own education. Rather, read it looking for people who are influencers and leaders in the field, so you can reach out to them. Find articles you think people already in your network might be interested in and send it to them. Look for events coming up which people in your area of interest will be attending so you can be there. I thought this was one of the better practical tips I heard all week, and it could apply to a traditional law job search just as easily as an alternative career.\par \par Finally, it is important to maximize the time you have while in law school (e.g. summers, holidays) to indicate interest and gain experience in these other fields. It’s also important to become fluent in the language of other fields (e.g. Human Resources in one field is known as Talent Management in another), as well as tweak the presentation and format of your applications materials to match what is common in those fields.\par \par There was a substantial amount of great information and idea sharing at NALP this year, which hopefully you have benefitted from in this blog series. There are a number of other things I have not written about which we as a CDO office will be looking to implement, which will hopefully benefit you as well. As always, if you have thoughts or questions on these topics or anything at all, please let me know.\par \par Connect with Daniel at Daniel_Hare@Baylor.edu and/or @BaylorLawDaniel on Twitter.\par \par Job of the Week: Each week I highlight a job in Symplicity you might be interested in but may have missed. This week's job is: Assistant District Attorney in Wichita Falls (Two positions; 3L, Grad) Log in to Symplicity to view this job and apply. \par ]]>\par

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