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5 Ways To Not Get Hired For Law Firm Jobs

Whether you're working with a recruiter or looking on your own, law firm jobs have many rewards; however, all too many people carelessly apply with the presence of one of these five pitfalls.

Building your career by working with a law firm, and even looking for employment from within is the perfect path for an aspiring legal career, no matter what part of the world you want to work within.  That’s why it’s really important that you make yourself into the best possible candidate for any type of job like this.  The biggest mistake that people make, is not knowing what’s going to be expected of them going in, or just not being prepared with as stellar a resume as they can formulate.  That’s a good way to not get the job, and make things that much harder for you within your search.

That’s why you want to know what law firm jobs look for, and what a hiring recruiter is going to want to see, and what they are not going to want to see on your application.  This is key, so that you can be sure that you’re going to be able to get the job once you come up for consideration, which is the hardest part of any type of legal career battle.

1) Not having a legal education.

If you’re not either in school for a criminal justice degree, or other similar law specific type of degree, or if you haven’t recently completed a program that’s on up to date legal information, you are not going to be considered.  That’s because this is expected of all applicants, to show that you’re really serious about the career path, but also to show that you have relevant knowledge.  No lawyer wants to have a paralegal that is ignorant of the most basic legal knowledge.  The same is true of a firm looking for new lawyers, and so on and so forth.

2) Not having proper experience.

This is another biggie, and there’s really no reason to not have some type of experience when it comes to finding great law firm jobs.  That’s because whether you’re looking for law firm summer jobs, marketing jobs, or anything of the like, there are internship programs running just about year round.  These are what you have to look into right out of college, or while you’re in college, because they are the stepping stone to becoming a paid staffer.  Moreover, many agencies use this as a recruiting method, as it allows them to see how hard you will work for no money, to see if you’re the ideal candidate for a paid position.

3) Not having the commitment that legal work takes.

A big thing that you have to realize about law firm jobs, is that they take a ton of time in order for you to master them and really excel at your career.  But what’s more, the job in general is a really tedious one that takes a ton of effort for you to put in to get everything done.  This is especially true of a paralegal, where you do all the leg work for lawyers, and end up putting in 80 hour weeks when there’s a major case, or a ton of research that needs to be done.  Without that level of commitment, you’re going to be hard pressed to find a good position.

4) Not being prepared to earn your way to a higher salary.

Another big part of the lower level positions, namely secretarial work, as well as paralegal positions, is earning your way to the big bucks.  These typically start out well enough in the $30,000 a year range, but there’s potential for so much more from both raises as well as bonuses.  However, you always have to start out small, and earn your level of pay through job dedication in service to the firm at which you work.  That means willing to take the hit now, for the profits you can achieve later, which is something that a lot of firms look for in a good hard worker.

5) Not being good with deadlines.

In the legal world, most of your deadlines are not set by your employers, but rather by the legal and judicial systems themselves, and that means failing to meet a deadline can result in losing your case.  That can’t happen, and you can’t send a lawyer that you work for in unprepared, so it’s really important that you’re able to acknowledge, as well as do everything that you can to meet a deadline when one is put up in front of you.


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