Anonymous User wrote: BlueLotus wrote:
Anonymous User wrote:For those graduated and licensed, what do you do with your time? I find myself done with everything related to job-searching (e.g., look at listings, e-mailing networking contacts, cold-mailing firms) by 10:30 every morning, then I just putz around watching daytime TV and playing video games. I would like to be more productive.
Attending local bar association events, coffee dates with alums, CLEs, volunteering in a legal capacity, building foreign language skills, to name a few. GL!
Do you have tips for schmoozing at local bar events? I went to an out-of-state school, so I'm starting from scratch building contacts. I've been to a few, and as soon as I mention I'm unemployed, I notice a moat building itself around me. I try not to appear desperate since I'm just looking to meet people, but this just seems to happen.
I too go to an out of state lawl school. Do you have access to an alum directory? I'm sure your Career Services has something like that available. Look for alums of your school in your city and invite them for a lunch/coffee date. They are very eager to help out a younger version of themselves, whether it is referring you to contacts who are hiring, revising your resume, etc.
Re: bar association events, I think the whole "moat effect" is all in your head. Wear your best suit, appear confident, and just put your name out there! If someone is especially helpful/insightful at one of these events, send a thank you note and add them on Linkedin so you'll be remembered. Maybe they'll go to bat for you.
Also, for networking, I highly recommend Guerilla Tactics