Category Archives: Job Searches

After the Interview. . .

You stressed about it, you practiced, you dressed appropriately.  The interview is over–what should you do now? 

**Thank You Notes:     You should always send thank you notes, preferably within 24 hours of your interview.  Email is fine, but if possible, a handwritten missive, on personalized stationery should be sent.  Your note should be short, with no typos, and should re-emphasize your interest in the position and why you are the ideal candidate.  You may reference something you discussed during the interivew or mention something of interest to the interviewer.

**Follow Up:     This is touchy with no bright line rule–too much follow up, and you look like a stalker.  Not enough and you run the risk they may forget you.  A polite email two weeks after the interview is appropriate, if you haven’t heard back from them.  You can inquire about the status of the position and that you are still interested and available.  After a month with no word, you should not give up–employers are busy with their caseloads and they may still be interviewing.

**Follow Up after an Informational Meeting:     This is different than an interview as you met with someone for advice and guidance, not to ask them for a job.  But, in this instance, you never know who may have a job opening later, or may recommend you to others, so it is crucial to follow up and stay in touch.  Firstly, it is important to send a thank you note right away, not unlike after an interview.  Then, perhaps monthly, you can check in with the attorney with any news you may have (an award, graduation, great bar results) or a link about a subject that may be of interest to them.  It never hurts to remind people that you are looking for a job.

Resumé Facts

**ONE spelling or grammar mistake will cause your resumé to be discarded.  Check, then check again.  Have someone look it over for you as well.

**76% of resumés are ignored if the email is unprofessional.

**88% of resumés are ignored if you have a photo of yourself on it.  Please consult a Career Services Counselor to work on your resumé and reference the Career Services Handbook for examples of the correct form.  Call 256-7744 to make an appointment.

**89% of employers use social media to recruit–ensure your sites are professional and that your Linkedin account is current. 

**68% of employers will find you on Facebook.  Make sure what they find will not eliminate you from the professional employment opportunities to which you are applying.

Registration Ending for SEMJF!!

 

Registration for the Southeastern Minority Job Fair began on April 3, 2013 and will end on April 19, 2013. Registration is FREE!   To register via email contact Amber Williams at arwilliams@fcsl.edu.

Job Fair Details

 When:            Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27, 2013

Where:           Hyatt Regency Suites Perimeter Northwest in Marietta, Georgia

 Log on to http://www.semjf.org/Home_Page.html to learn more about the job fair. Should you have additional questions, feel free to contact Amber Williams at arwilliams@fcsl.edu

Legal Diversity Career Fair

Vault.com and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association (MCCA) are hosting the 8th Annual Legal Diversity Career Fair in Washington DC and you are invited to attend!

This is a great opportunity for 2Ls who have not yet committed to a firm or other employer for summer 2014, laterals interested in new positions, and rising 3Ls seeking entry-level associate positions to meet with top legal employers from firms and organizations committed to diversity. There are no fees associated with participation at the career fair and all students and laterals are welcome to attend.

For more information and to register please visit:  http://www.vault.com/legaldiversity

Date: Friday, August 2, 2013  

Location: Capitol Hilton, 1001 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036     

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm

Registration is required and must be completed online by July 31, 2013. After such time candidates can register on-site at the hotel.

Employers have access to resumes in advance of the career fair and may schedule one on one interviews during exhibit hall hours. In such cases employers will contact candidates directly to arrange these meetings.

There is no bid process to attend the career fair.

 •Candidates should come prepared with copies of their resumes, transcripts and any other writing materials to share with employers.

Lunch is complimentary.

 •Dress code is business attire.

 

Southeastern Minority Job Fair

 

Registration for SEMJF began on April 3, 2013 and will end on April 19, 2013. Registration is FREE! Students will be able to register in the Atrium during Coffee Wednesdays, on Symplicity, or by email. To register via email contact Amber Williams at arwilliams@fcsl.edu.

Job Fair Details

 When:            Friday, July 26 & Saturday, July 27, 2013

Where:           Hyatt Regency Suites Perimeter Northwest in Marietta, Georgia

 Log on to http://www.semjf.org/Home_Page.html to learn more about the job fair. Should you have additional questions, feel free to contact Amber Williams at arwilliams@fcsl.edu

Public Interest Research Bureau Information Session Thursday March 21st

The Public Interest Research Bureau is hosting an information session (and will be accepting applications) this week.  The Bureau accepts real-life legal issues from legal aid organizations throughout the Southeast.  Students are then selected to be part of a team that will research the issue and prepare a detailed memoranda responding to the issue. This work then gets used by the legal aid organization in legal pleadings as well as court hearings, and truly impacts the outcomes of legal aid cases.  The Public Interest Research Bureau is a fabulous way for students to gain legal research and writing experience while also learning to work with a team of other students and a faculty supervisor. 

 Join members of the Public Interest Research Bureau to learn more about what they do and how you can be a part of this rewarding organization.  Make a difference in the lives of the poor, develop critical legal skills, and acquire essential writing and research experience.  An information session will be held Thursday, March 21st at noon, in Room 250.  During the sessions, you will learn how to become a member of the Research Bureau.  Applications will also be distributed.  If you have any questions, please contact Brandy Natalzia at Brandy.Natalzia@law.fcsl.edu.

Check Symplicity!

Interested in an associate’s position with an insurance defense firm in West Palm Beach?  Or a corporate associate position with a regional law firm out of Ft. Lauderdale?  How about an associate’s position at a firm as far away as New York or Kansas, or as close as Orlando or Atlanta?  Symplicity has job postings from law firms in many different states.  As a general rule of thumb, you should check it at least once a week for any new postings in which you might be interested.  Browsing the postings also helps you get a feel for average pay and the practice areas in which firms are hiring so that you can focus your job search in those key areas.  If you have difficulty accessing Symplicity, contact our office at careerservices@fcsl.edu.

Marine JAG Corps Opportunity!

Marine JAG Corps Coming to Campus!

Are you interested in learning about a legal career in the military?  The Marine JAG Corps hasn’t visited our campus in a few years, but this semester they are coming back!  Mark your calendars for Monday, February 25th when you will have more than one opportunity to meet and talk to representatives from the Marine JAG Corps. Learn about the benefits of being a Marine JAG, the application process, the commissioning process, internship opportunities and any other burning questions that you have!

Come to an open information session in Room 420 at 10:00-10:30 a.m. or 2:00-2:30 p.m. or stop by their table in the Atrium at Noon! Be sure to take advantage of this rare opportunity!!

On Campus Interviews!

We have several new and exciting OCI opportunities available for you on Symplicity now with application deadlines fast approaching! Many of the positions are PAID spring clerkships with local firms, which will allow you to gain valuable legal experience while building your resume.  We strongly encourage you to schedule an appointment with one of our counselors on Symplicity or by calling us at 680-7744 to review your application materials prior to applying to any OCI. Your appointment should take place at least 48 hours prior to the application deadline date so that you have time to edit your documents before applying. Complete details about each position can be found under the OCI tab in Symplicity.

Upcoming Webinar

This Thursday, December 20th from 1pm-2pm (EST), the Career Services Department’s Ray Adams will present “Electronic Job Searches, Postings and More!”  This will be the last installment of the 2012 Alumni Webinar series and will focus on different resources you can use in your job search.  The webinar will cover everything from writing firms to job posting websites.  You can register here.