Your Job Search
The First Step
Research indicates that 80% of jobs are obtained through networking. Begin your job search by spreading the word that you are looking.
Tell everyone you know - family members, friends, neighbors, business associates, members of your church or synagogue, members of any civic or social clubs to which you belong, classmates, faculty members, and alumni- what you're looking for. Distribute copies of your resume, and ask people to keep you in mind if they hear of anything.
It's important to stay in touch with your contacts and let them know how your job search is going, and to inform them of any successes as well as your needs.
If you have a specific type of employment in mind, it’s a good idea to contact and network with employers of that type. You may target employers of a particular size, geographic location, or type of practice.
The CSO has a wealth of handouts and directories to assist you in locating the addresses and names of employers for informational interviewing.
- Keep a sharp eye on the CSO job listings.
- Read ads in the Fulton County Daily Report.
- Respond quickly to these leads and the options presented by your network.
- Prepare a letter that targets the type of employer that interests you, enclose your resume, and mail it out.
- Ask for informational interviews, so that you can incorporate these employers into your network.
Continuing Your Career Search
In addition to regular counseling of current students, CSO offers Career Transition Counseling to our alumni population as needed. There are numerous approaches to the job search process. They include responding to job listings and advertisements, sending mailings to targeted employers, interviewing on campus and at job fairs, and networking with acquaintances in the legal community. The smartest plan of attack incorporates all of these methods.
Common Hiring Practices
Corporate Legal Offices
Public Interest Organizations