Deafened by silence after you apply for law job after law job? Interested in making a change in your career path as a lawyer but without a clue as to where to start? Try using informational interviews to expand your network and your knowledge base.
Here is a useful, concise step by step article on the why’s and how to’s of informational interviewing by Jada Graves, a senior editor at US News & World Report. The key to the effectiveness of these interviews is making them about advice and information, not about getting hired.
Also, in addition to informational interviews, ask everyone you talk to if they can suggest the names of two other people with whom you might speak. At a minimum you will start new relationships and expand your network. And expanding your network is much more productive than simply asking someone if they know anyone who is hiring or if they know of any job openings. The responses you will get to those questions are likely to be something like no, but I’ll keep my ears open, or I’ll let you know if I do, or I’ll keep you in mind. Sound familiar?
If you always do what you have always done, you will always get what you have always got.
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