State Bar Association Job Boards

I’ve been going through the state bar associations and compiling links to their job boards to present in one easy reference guide, which is now a link in the Recommended Resources box on the Career page of my site.

I think my favorites in terms of ease of use and which seem most helpful to job seekers are:

What do you think? Are state bars helpful in finding employment? What would you recommend for them to do, if you think they need to change?

Job Seekers: Post-Interview Questionnaire

As a recruiter, I always told candidates to give me a call immediately after their interview.  The information is fresh, not everything is thought-out, or decided, which leads to a great discussion.

Whether a job seeker is working with a recruiter or applying on their own, here are a few questions that s/he should go through immediately after the interview.

Post-Interview Questionnaire for Job Seekers

1.  Who did you meet with?  Name & title.

2.  How long did you meet with everyone?

3.  Was it one-on-one?  In a group?

4.  How easy was it to talk to each person?

5.  Go through each conversation.  Name one new detail that you learned about the opportunity or subject over which you connected.

6.  Was there anything about the interview that made you hesitate?

7.  Did anyone mention the hiring timeline?  Also, think about your timeline.  What if they offered you a position that starts in two weeks?  one month?

8.  Was compensation discussed?

9.  What was the overall impression you had – did you like them?  Could you see yourself working there?

10.  What are the next steps?  Will there be another interview?  Would you like to meet with more people?

Incorporate some of your answers to these questions when writing your thank you note or e-mail.

While I’d recommend for you to send a thank you note or e-mail sooner rather than later, any thank you is better than no thank you at all.

BigLaw 100 Jobs Updated!

I’ve updated the BigLaw 100 jobs for October.  You can download it here.

Based on your feedback, it seems that the attorney job listings are the most useful. In order to update the lists more frequently — BigLaw 200 Jobs will be available next week! – I decided to limit the focus to attorney jobs.

In addition, next week, I’m introducing a new list that will include only in-house jobs.

Right now, the plan is to include 50 in-house opportunities and update it every other week.  What do you think?  Would you be interested in something like that?

Let me know in the comments or in an e-mail!

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BigLaw 200 Jobs Updated for September!

In case you missed yesterday’s tweet, I’ve updated the BigLaw 200 Job Listings for September.

For less than $5, the list includes:

190+ attorney positions including lateral partner, lateral associate, staff attorney, temp or contract attorney, and one or two entry-level openings.

45+ paralegal and/or patent agent positions.

35+ administrative positions at the law firms, i.e., conflicts, business development, practice support, professional development, e-discovery

In response to your feedback…

I’ve created separate sheets for each type of position for easier navigation. [Note: In the picture, I opened the file in Google docs but the bottom of the page should look similar in Excel or Numbers.]

I’ve also made it easy to filter by city, state, and firm, if you click on these headers. You can also filter by practice type and years of experience columns… but, proceed with caution!  These columns are still works in progress.

What do you think?  Is endeavor “tell a friend” worthy?

I know looking at job boards is a pain but is it a pain worth solving for $4? Tell me your thoughts!

Call for Advice on Applying to Firms Without a Recruiter

I am creating a series on best practices, tips, and insights on applying to firms directly. Without a recruiter.

I am interested to hear from lawyers, hiring managers, law firm recruiters, and (yes!) search firms.

If you’re interested in getting involved yourself and/or know anyone who may be interested, please email me at Melissa at recruiteresq dot com.

My hope is to publish Q&As, interviews, and guest posts.