Find your next legal job with Social Media
10th April 2014
In the ever competitive sector that is the law industry, new recruits are having to get more inventive about the way they find new means of employment. One of the biggest methods to take off in the world of law careers and employment is that of social media, where more and more lawyers are using such forums as Twitter and Facebook to make contacts and find out about new roles before anyone else.
Whether you tweet regularly or are a social media novice, this guide will look to provide helpful hints and tips on using such avenues to find legal work across all areas, including permanent, in-house and temporary paralegal jobs.
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A social media network built specifically for making business contacts and keeping up to date with the current job market, LinkedIn is a great place to start for those looking to change law careers. Alongside creating an online CV that makes your credentials accessible to a wide range of firms and potential employers, it also allows you to follow relevant law firms and companies of interest who will post job openings that have potential.
LinkedIn is a great way of making contacts as well, where you can send private messages to individuals at firms and companies you are interested in working for. Just offering to buy someone a coffee could lead to further contacts in the sector or even a job opportunity. The main point to remember with LinkedIn is to ensure your profile appears as professional as possible, with a current and smart profile photo, and remember that people receive notifications when you look at their profile. So while it may be a good idea to look at a company and relevant individuals before an interview so it looks like you have done your research, you need to remember that these people can see you have viewed their profile.
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Known for its surge in popularity as the short, instant message sharer, Twitter has grown to a colossal size in recent years and has been an increasingly popular business tool as a result. Numerous firms and recruitment agencies such as LAW Absolute use Twitter as a way of advertising new roles and, due to its fast-paced nature, this makes it one of the best ways to stay ahead of the latest vacancies and industry updates.
Just by following relevant profiles you may find out about new roles and positions that you may not have through conventional means. Similarly, recruitment agencies specialising in law careers not only regularly post links to new legal jobs, but they also post news and articles relevant to the sector. It is worth tweeting about relevant legal updates and articles you find interesting as this can show to potential employers that you take your work seriously and have a dynamic interest in the sector that can give them an idea of how hard you will work in the post.
Much like LinkedIn, it is important to remember to keep your Twitter profile professional as it is common knowledge that just as you would research a company you are looking to work for, firms will research candidates they are looking to hire and social media is a first stop. Social media has made it incredibly easy to put a personal profile online for everyone to see and while it has its benefits in getting a job, many people slip up through putting too much personal information or offensive posts online.
LinkedIn and Twitter tend to be the best forms of media for social networking, but Facebook also has its advantages. Much like other social media sites, it is a good way of keeping in the know about relevant companies and firms and recent industry updates through liking businesses in the sector. Most legal recruitment companies will have their own Facebook account that they will regularly update with job vacancies and industry information worth taking note of.
While a great source of information, Facebook can be even more personal than other sites so it is important to monitor your security settings closely so that potential employers don’t see photos and status updates that could put them off.
So whether you already have accounts on all of these examples of social media or are yet to start up an online profile, following these tips on keeping your profile professional and utilising such sites in your legal job search can be a great way to embark on finding the legal career of your dreams.