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Social Networking Sites Can Help or Hurt You When Seeking a Job

February 8, 2010

Social networking can be a great asset in searching for a job, if used correctly and prudently.  With so many people embracing and posting profiles on social networking sites such as Linkedin and Facebook, we are now able to reach out to hundreds of people with just a few clicks of the mouse.

The social networking site that we have found to be the most helpful for attorneys, paralegals and other professionals who are seeking a new position is Linkedin.  This website contains the profiles of many professionals and people in hiring positions at law firms and corporations.  It also contains the profiles of many people who are connected to individuals in hiring positions at law firms and corporations.  It is a great way to reconnect with old schoolmates, friends and colleagues whom you may have lost touch with.  If they agree to connect and open their connections to you, you will be able to see whom they know who might be able to assist you in your job search.  If one of their connections is someone whom you would like to meet, ask your old schoolmate, friend or colleague to make an introduction for you.  This is a particularly good way to get introduced to someone whom you would not otherwise meet.

As helpful as social networking can be in your job search if used properly, it can also prevent you from getting a job if not used prudently.  Please keep in mind that everything that you post on line or that your friends post on your profile is easily obtainable by your potential employer.

At SMR Legal Search, we place attorneys and paralegals at law firms and corporations in the greater Philadelphia area and throughout the rest of Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Washington, D.C. and the rest of the Northeast.  I cannot begin to tell you how many law firms and corporations have been about to hire a partner, associate or paralegal and then checked their Facebook profile and changed their mind.  Seeing things such as a photo of you or one of your friends in a bikini or other suggestive photo is one of the more obvious reasons why your Facebook profile may kill the deal.   There are also more subtle things that employers look at on your Facebook profile that would really surprise you.  Many employers whom I work with check to see how many friends that you have on Facebook to judge how well you get along with people.  Others check which books you have listed on your profile as an indicator of how smart you are.    Employers also frequently check the profiles of all of your friends listed on your profile to see what type of people you associate with.    Another thing looked at by employers is the wall posts on your profile.  Any talk of alcohol or drugs will surely prevent you from being hired.

My advice to you is to take off any suggestive photos or words that are not squeaky clean on your social networking profiles right now.  The rule of thumb is to not have anything on your profile that you would not show to a potential employer. Then, when you start going for job interviews, take down your Facebook profile altogether.

Hopefully, this advice will help you to obtain the job of your dreams in 2010!

SMR Legal Search is a legal recruiting firm based in Philadelphia and New Jersey that places attorneys and paralegals in permanent positions throughout the Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, New York, Washington, D.C. and the rest of the Northeast.   Their recruiters are former practicing attorneys and paralegals with extensive law firm and legal recruiting experience.

Make the Right First Impression at your Interview

December 8, 2009

With the economy picking up, attorneys should be going on many more job interviews in 2010 for in house counsel and law firm positions. Whether you are a partner, in house counsel or associate, here are some tips on how to dress to help make your interview successful and one that leads to a second interview.

You graduated in the top 10% of your class from University of Pennsylvania Law School. You have written recommendations in your portfolio from three of your law school professors. You’ve worked at your current law firm for three years, pushing the envelope of your billable hours to full tilt and handling your clients successfully. You’ve got it all in line, right? Sure. But consider this. Does the law firm partner, or even your legal recruiter, know that you can handle the job you’re interviewing for? Begin your interview smoothly and allow your interviewer to focus on your skill set by dressing appropriately for your legal job interview.

 Once you have succeeded in winning a spot the lineup for a law firm’s interviewing roster, you are well aware how important it is to have all your i’s dotted and t’s crossed. This is no less true that when considering what to wear when meeting with your potential employer.   While business casual dress is becoming more acceptable for attorneys at law firms and corporations when they are not going to court or interviewing clients, it is not acceptable for job interviews.

Don’t Forget Step One

The first time you meet with your legal recruiter is a vital step in your legal job search. The first impression they get will be a strong asset in their ability to market your skills and experience to the managing partners and recruitment directors of law firms and the general counsels at corporations who rely on their opinion and first-hand knowledge to send them highly-qualified candidates for their open positions.

A Professional Package to Fit Any Scenario

Conservative is the name of the game in legal dress, and like when you’re dressing for court or a client meeting, the first impression you give has a lot to do with the style of clothes you wear. If you are a trial attorney, be sure to dress the way you would in the courtroom. If you work in corporate law, keep in mind that you may need to step it up a notch with your suit selection to match the CEO’s attire.

Here are some sure fire tips for dressing appropriately for your job interview.  For men, it is best to wear well shined black leather shoes, a dark suit and white shirt and tie.  Making sure that your hair is cut conservatively before the interview is helpful as well.

For women, pants may now be acceptable in the work place of many law firms and corporations, but it does not make the right impression in a job interview.  Like men, make sure that your shoes are well shined.  A dark jacket and skirt suit and a conservative color button down or shell style blouse with the appropriate color pantyhose with no runs in them are the way to go.  It is always a good idea to carry an extra pair of new pantyhose in your purse or briefcase in case yours get a snag in them.  Also,  just enough make up to bring out your natural beauty but not so much that it will scream out at the interviewer and take the focus off of your credential is the way to go.