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77 Ways to Find Your Next Legal or Non-Legal Job

By Neetal Parekh on November 02, 2009 5:58 AM

Unless you're one of those lucky folks who have a job find them, you're charged with leading the search party for a new position. And "party" may be a bit of a euphemism. The peaks and troughs of being in the job search are enough to make you question, well, just about everything. Did you choose the right major in college, was your decision to go to law school solid, should you have done a different internship after 1L, is it okay to do something completely unrelated to law? You may even find yourself wondering if you should have played kickball instead of climbing monkey bars during recess in first grade.

You're a smart and talented person, and probably funny and personable too, should it be this hard to find a new job? Even in a robust economy, finding the right socket to plug in your unique experience and education isn't always straightforward. But it is possible. As the job market finds its feet, law firms, companies, the government, and non-profit organizations will likely be launching broader candidate searches.

So, Where Do We Start?

Part of your search strategy involves being ready and knowing where to look. And that is where this list comes in. Check out the sometimes-serious, sometimes-humorous, always-possible ways to find your next legal or non-legal job. And with a 111 to choose from, there should be at least a few that apply to you. Whether actual, virtual, or otherwise, the possibilities will give you at least an idea of what might be printed on your next business card.

A special thank-you to colleagues and friends who contributed to the compilation.

This list is neither comprehensive nor is it exhaustive. Mention of items or links to websites are for informational purposes and are not endorsements of the listed items.

Where, How, When to Find Your Next Job...

  1. With a former employer
  2. At a local bar association mixer
  3. Through an informational interview
  4. At a fitness class
  5. On a golf course
  6. Law school career board
  7. Participating in a charity half-marathon
  8. Non-profit job fair
  9. Joining a kickball team
  10. In the kitchen (think new gadget invention, recipe compilation)
  11. College career board
  12. Biking a century
  13. Optimizing your LinkedIn profile
  14. Volunteering at a non-profit legal services organization
  15. Law school alumni event
  16. In your garage (think Silicon Valley start-ups)
  17. CLE seminar
  18. Through a favorite hobby
  19. At a college alumni event
  20. From a recruiter
  21. Through former colleagues
  22. At your high school reunion
  23. Starting a blog about your professional interests
  24. At a start-up
  25. Tennis lessons
  26. On an airplane
  27. Checking out a remote jobs board
  28. On your state or local government website
  29. Emailing a former professor
  30. Contacting the publishing company of your favorite law school supplement
  31. Taking a cross-country road trip
  32. Attending a fundraiser for the arts
  33. Joining a book club
  34. Tutoring law students or undergrads
  35. Starting an Etsy shop
  36. Consulting with a law firm
  37. Taking a language class
  38. Researching career paths based on your personality type
  39. Volunteering on a political campaign
  40. Submitting a white paper to firms, companies, and non-profits about an important industry development
  41. Twitter's #JobHuntChat
  42. Helping with recruitment efforts for your law school or undergraduate alma mater
  43. Tailgating for your favorite sports team
  44. Opening your own practice
  45. Consulting with a career/life coach
  46. Volunteering at a law school clinic
  47. Attending a non-law job fair
  48. Trying out contract legal work in different areas
  49. Weekly karaoke night
  50. Submitting legal articles to online journals
  51. Attending a conference
  52. Contacting a friend or former colleague who had the type of position you seek
  53. Playing pick-up basketball
  54. Attending local Chamber of Commerce small business mixers
  55. Volunteering with other attorneys at a bar association weekend charity event
  56. Taking a trip to a place you've always wanted to visit
  57. Doing pro bono research for a former professor in a field you are interested in joining
  58. Attending a book signing event
  59. Organizing a "think tank" of fellow job seekers to generate leads and job search strategies
  60. Volunteering with a favorite cause
  61. Chatting with people at the dog park
  62. Mentioning your job hunt to your hairstylist (they know tons of people!)
  63. Hosting a garage sale
  64. Submitting a constructive critique of an existing product or service
  65. Helping other friends, family, former colleagues in finding a job or editing a resume
  66. Enrolling in an evening or weekend class on a subject you find interesting
  67. Reading leading publications in the fields you are interested in joining
  68. Talking with carpool buddies
  69. Attending open houses of new businesses or restaurants
  70. Going to a major networking conference in another city
  71. Assisting in fundraising efforts with an alumni association
  72. Following users posting on a subject you are interested in on social media
  73. Learning marketable tech skills, such as simple HTML, advanced computing software, or SEO
  74. Speaking at conferences or events
  75. Volunteering as a small claims court mediator
  76. Writing a book and interviewing interesting people for it
  77. Obtaining additional certification

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