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Transcript of Networking
Approaches to Developing a Network
AIN'T NOBODY GOT TIME FOR DAT!!
1.Recognize when you are becoming stressed
2.Take a moment to calm down
4.Plan fun activities (walk on the beach, local park, going to the movies, family or friend reunions or exercise)
YOUR MOST POWERFUL JOB SEARCH WEAPON
Yes, it can be stressful!!!! :S
It is time to be ORGANIZED!
Create a Placement File
Networking, Networking, Networking
Organize your job search!
Be on the lookout!
Networking is a powerful placement tool in the legal field and also the best way to find a job!
Networking consists on developing a system of contacts and resources to help you achieve your professional goals.
Make a list of people you know
Create copies of correspondence with potential employers.
Check list of target firm, corporation, etc.
Specific information about each person with whom you speak (e.g., personnel director at Smith and Smith, former paralegal)
Set Goals for Yourself:
Organize your Contacts List!
(from Special Topics Class)
Maintaining Relationships with Classmates
Volunteering in Legal Clinics or Government Agencies
Joining Civic and Religious Organizations
Joining Professional Groups
Attending Seminars and Workshops
Continuing Education of the Bar ( CEB)
Contact an acquaintance for an informational interview.
Get 20 minutes of exercise
My informational interview will lead to a job offer.
My daily exercise will make me look and feel fit and healthy.
The Informational Interview
Stress can hamper effective communication by disrupting your capacity to think clearly, act appropriately and creatively.
-Ask to schedule an appointment.
-Try to set up informational interviews with people on your list of target firms and corporations.
-Call appropriate person.
-Always ask for names.
-Be professional and polite.
-Prepare your list of questions before the interview.
1. Formal Networks or Professional Organizations: Local Paralegal Associations, Legal Assistants, Alumni Groups.
2.Informal Network Includes: Classmates, Friends, Relatives, and Acquaintances.
3.Additional Networking Bankers, Brokers, Insurance Agents, Doctors.