recent email from CLS OCS
to undisclosed recipients
Hi There. Hope you are well.
Here is the link to an article from the NY Times today that underscores the importance of our networks in a job search regardless of the sector in which we are searching.
"Employers Increasingly Rely on Internal Referrals in Hiring" »
Here are a few other reminders:
(a) If you do not already have a LinkedIn Profile, we advise that you set one up. Your network is bigger and can be more helpful to you in your search than you may realize. It includes: your friends and acquaintances from high school, college, summer positions, any positions you may have held between college and law school, members of clubs or sports teams to which you belong or belonged, professors, old neighbors, relatives, close family friends, supervisors, friends in the non-legal world, etc. The broader and more diverse your connections, the more powerful your network.
(b) If you would like to participate in a workshop to have your current LinkedIn profile reviewed and improved, please send an e-mail.
(c) If you did not attend the presentation last semester by Doug Mandell, former GC of LinkedIn, you can view it here: LinkedIn Presentation
or http://media.law.columbia.edu/career/sp ... 120416.mp4
(d) LinkedIn itself has tutorials and guidelines for maximizing the power of your network so you may want to spend some time on its website as well.
2. Spring Internships
Several employers have postings for Spring internships. Consider applying for these internships if your schedule permits. Working as an intern is a great way to get valuable practice experience, broaden your network and "get your foot in the door".
3. 3L Listings on Symplicity
There are several postings for entry level lawyers on Symplicity. Not only should you apply to any that interest you, you should keep your counselor abreast of your applications so that she/he can assist you in following up with employers.
4. Stay on our Radar
Please continue to meet with your counselor regularly. If you have not been doing so, we strongly advise you to make an appointment as soon as possible.
If we are working with you, we can quickly help you to respond to or create opportunities.
The LinkedIn thing is one of the biggest scams I've ever seen. Don't know anyone that it actually has helped get a job, esp straight out of law school, and the stupid speaker never really came up w/ anything decent. At this point, LinkedIn has become a second facebook if connecting to everyone you know.
Nothing has popped up on our school's symplicity in at least the last month or so, so not sure what they are talking about except for some very specific postings that few qualify for. I'm feeling really thrown under the bus here, which I'm worried will get worse since will be graduating in the next couple weeks while still searching for a fellowship position to provide some sort of safety net. Unfortunately, employers don't seem to be consider such requests as seriously as I need them to. Worse are applications for actual jobs, where the employers are showing a complete lack of respect for entry level applicants with sloppy rejection letters or rather mean-spirited interviews.