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 the 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 tell us they use Linkedin as a database to document who they've been in contact with. "Are You LinkedIn," published by Bellevue College, offers useful tips for accessing this important tool in your job search.
Having your own website is essential to separate yourself from the competition. It's an opportunity to share your interests and previous experiences. A website impresses future employers; it shows you are a person who relies not solely upon your one-page résumé to share your abilities. In addition, having a website is becoming an increasingly important marketing tool once you are employed. It often leads to opportunities for solo casework, positive referrals, and lucrative networking.
Keep in mind that writing articles is a surefire way to increase your visibility, whether or not you are posting to your own website. It's a great addition to 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 Facebook and other social media. Increasingly anecdotal evidence suggests HR departments and headhunters are checking these venues to screen applicants. Nothing screams "unprofessional" like sharing private, embarrassing information or images for anyone to see.