Using Social Media
Social media is playing an increasing role in our daily lives. While many people have mixed feelings about Facebook, Twitter, etc., these new trends are proving to be important in one's job search. The most valuable of these resources is LinkedIn, a professional networking website where you can learn more about other lawyers and potential employers. Some job seekers have even told us that they use Linkedin as a database to document who they have been in contact with. "Are You LinkedIn," published by Bellevue College, offers useful tips for accessing this important tool in your job search.
Having one's own website is one of the most essential ways to separate oneself from the competition as a lawyer. It's an opportunity to share your interests and previous experiences. A website impresses future employers, as it shows that you are a person who is not relying solely upon your one-page résumé to share your abilities. In addition, having a website is becoming an increasingly important marketing tool once employed. This includes taking cases as a solo, getting referrals for your firm, and keeping in touch with your network of contacts.
Keep in mind that writing articles is a surefire way to increase your visibility, whether or not you are posting to your website. It looks good on your résumé, and forwarding it along to your contacts is a great way to remind people you are out there and have original ideas to share.
A word of caution: Please be careful about what you share on your Facebook or Myspace pages. There is increasing anecdotal evidence that HR departments and headhunters are checking these venues to screen their applicants. Nothing screams "unprofessional" like sharing private, embarrassing information or photos for anyone to see.
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