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HR Career Advice for New Hires

Hello! My name is Anna, and I am an HR at the Icon.Partners. Today, I want to share some thoughts and advice for junior lawyers beginning their careers in the legal business.

You're a graduate of one of the leading law schools, considered a "hope" and the "future" of jurisprudence. Years of education, practice, and active participation in student life have provided you with significant experience and knowledge. You might have been a leader, a moot court participant, or an author of articles in professional publications. You aspire to change the legal field and feel valuable in the job market.

However, despite your confidence, there are many candidates like you. For 3-4 months, you've been job hunting, sending out resumes, answering recruiters' quirky questions, and undertaking test tasks, but often only to hear "we'll call you back," which usually means "never."

So, how do you find a job with little experience?

1.Define your specialization: an in-house lawyer, attorney, consultant, international law specialist, Tech-expert, member of a bar association, or public service employee. It's crucial to understand your niche

2. Create lists of companies that interest you. Thoroughly research their websites, products, and fields of activity, follow them on social media, and read reviews from former employees

3. Position yourself:

  • Create a resume with a quality template detailing your education, experience, projects, and achievements

  • Add a link to your LinkedIn profile

  • Indicate professional courses, participation in moot courts, projects, and publications.

  • Mention your level of English and critical skills, avoiding clichés

  • Prepare examples of your achievements and how you reached them

4. Having a LinkedIn page in 2024 is a must. Make it active:

  • Develop your network

  • Follow essential pages for you

  • Add new achievements

  • Participate in webinars

  • Create content

5. Apply for jobs, even if there are no open positions currently. Your resume may be saved for future opportunities

6. Broaden your horizons through various search channels, including professional communities and social networks

7. Value time: adhere to deadlines and maintain high-quality image and sound during online interviews

8. Self-analysis is the key to success. Consider an internship if you haven't received an offer in a few months

Starting a career in jurisprudence can be challenging, but with a clear strategy and active self-presentation, your chances of success increase. Identifying your specialization, effectively using LinkedIn for networking, and continually developing is essential. Every step brings you closer to your goal, so don't stop at what you've achieved, and always be open to new opportunities. Remember, perseverance, flexibility, and a positive attitude are keys to any doors in your career.


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