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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.

Implementing a Rainmaking Plan for New Year

January 4, 2010

For partners and associates alike, the beginning of the New Year is a perfect time to set up a marketing plan for the year.   In these tough economic times, whether you practice in Philadelphia, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, California or Kalamazoo, you will not become or remain a partner unless you are a rainmaker.

All that is standing between you and successful client development is setting aside a time each week to engage in marketing and networking activities and really sticking to it.  Try reaching out to and meeting three new contacts per month.  At the end of the year, you will then have 36 new contacts!  Not bad.

Good ways to meet new contacts are to attend Chamber of Commerce events, meetings and events for attorneys in your practice area, and charitable/community service events.  Do not view other attorneys as competitors.  Frequently, other attorneys referring conflict work to you can be one of you best sources of client development.

Also, attending charitable events for causes that you care about will enable you to meet other likeminded people who also care about charitable and community service causes.

When networking, it is always best to first ask how you can help the other person.  People really appreciate this and are more likely to help you if they see in you a willingness to help them.   Providing help to your networking source can be as simple as telling them about the best dry cleaners or restaurants in the area.  It does not have to be something big.

Always be nice to everyone.  In addition to being the right thing to do, you never know who will be in a position to refer clients to you in the future.  In addition, let everyone know the details of your practice – this might jar their memory regarding a potential client who could use help in this practice area.

Finally, view client development not as a chore but as a way to meet new and interesting people.  Who knows?  In addition to gaining more clients, maybe you will make a new friend or two.

Legal Hiring Trends in the Northeast

October 19, 2009

As we watch the economy crawl back to some semblance of normal, many businesses are starting to move forward with their hiring. Several job markets that have been stagnant during this economic downslide are beginning to resurface as the “must-haves” for law firms and corporations.

If you are an attorney thinking about making a move as the economy continues to improve, it’s vital to be aware which specializations are in high demand and when. Here are latest trends in the Delaware Valley legal community:

During the last year and a half, bankruptcy attorneys have been in high demand and remain so. The need for intellectual property attorneys has remained strong throughout the recession, and even more positions in that field are opening up. Now that the decision makers at law firms are seeing improvement in the economy and the effects of too many layoffs on their firms, they are hiring commercial litigation attorneys.

Other areas of law where hiring is again coming alive are healthcare, labor and employment, corporate law, environmental law and energy law.  With all of the proposed changes to our healthcare laws and policy, healthcare law is becoming a very hot area of law. With the focus on creating green jobs, the need for attorneys specializing in environmental and energy law should become even greater.  Subtle changes in the laws regarding non-compete contracts have contributed to the increased need for labor and employment attorneys.

Watch our website at http://www.smrlegalsearch.com/job-listings.php, for the latest attorney jobs in the Philadelphia, Delaware, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts and Maryland so you’re poised to make a move in your legal career when your specialization heats up.