Effective Job Searching

Networking, on-line job search, preparing a resume, interviewing, follow-up

Finding a job can seem especially daunting in the current economy. It is critical to your success to break the process down into manageable effective job searching steps that are completed with thoroughness and efficiency. While networking comes more naturally to some than to others, it is a skill that can be learned. Social networking is an increasingly invaluable resource in your arsenal of career management tools and effective job search tools. Moreover, as job search sources have moved online, researching jobs has become easier. These topics, along with applying and interviewing for jobs, are covered below.


Building Your Network (PDF)

Face-to-Face Networking in the Dot. Com World (PDF)

Listening: The Long Lost Skill And Its Effect On Networking (PDF)

Researching Jobs

Essential Job Search Strategies in a Down Economy (PDF)

101 Careers: A Guide to the Fastest-Growing Opportunities, 1998
Michael Harkavy

Directory of Corporate Counsel (Volumes 1 – 2), 2001
Edited by Linda D. Humphries, Aspen Law and Business, a Division of Aspen Publishers, Inc.
Phone: (212) 597.0251, Fax (646) 728.3048

Law Firms Yellow Book, Leadership Directories, Inc.
Phone: 212.627.4140, Fax: 212.645.0931, E-mail: info@leadershipdirectories.com; Website: www.leadershipdirectories.com

The Lawyer’s Guide to JobSurfing on the Internet, 2000
Career Education Institutes.

Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory
This directory is available online in three forms, a searchable CD-ROM version, the website: www.martindale.com and through www.lexis.com.

Martindale-Hubbell Law Digest (latest editions)

National Association for Law Placement Line
National Association for Law Placement Directory of Legal Employers
Available as a database on Westlaw, West Publishing Company’s computerized on-line research service.

National Directory of Legal Employers, National Association of Law Placement
The Association of Law Schools and Legal Employers

Phone: 202.667.1666, Fax: 202.265.6735.

The Official Guide To Legal Specialties, 2000
National Association for Law Placement.

Resources for Conducting an Internet Job Search, 1998
National Association for Law Placement
This brochure provides an overview of the types of services, resources and information available on line.

America‘s Greatest Places to Work with a Law Degree and How to Make the Most of Any Job, No Matter Where It Is, 1998
Kimm Alayne Walton

The Best of the Job Goddess, 1999
Kimm Alayne Walton
This book provides a compilation of answers to difficult questions posed by law school students and recent graduates.

Changing Jobs: A Handbook for Lawyers in the New Millennium, 3rd Edition, 1999
ABA Young Lawyers Division.

Ethics and Employment: A Guide for Law Students, 1997
National Association for Law Placement.

Jobs for Lawyers, Effective Techniques for Getting Hired in Today’s Legal Marketplace, 1995
Hillary Jane Mantis & Kathleen Brady

Career Strategies for International LL.M. Students, 1999
National Association for Law Placement

Guerrilla Tactics For Getting The Legal Job Of Your Dreams, 1999
Kimm Alayne Walton

How to Get the Job You Want in a Law Firm, 1997
Ann D. Turnicky & Eugene Theroux, John Wiley & Sons

The Insider’s Guide To Law Firms, 5th Edition, 2000
Edited by Sheila Malkani & Michael Walsh

Jobs for Lawyers, Effective Techniques for Getting Hired in Today’s Legal Marketplace, 1996
Hillary Jane Mantis & Kathleen Brady

The Vault Reports Guide to America’s Top 100 Law Firms, 2002
H.S. Hamadeh, Michael Hasday & Doug Cantor, Vault Reports, Inc.

Online Resources







Research companies, industries, salaries


Find attorneys, answers to legal questions, and other legal resources

All law school and undergraduate alumni websites and career centers are also good sources of networking opportunities and potential job postings.


Resources for People with Disabilities

Interviewing Tips for Law Students with Disabilities and Employers Who Recruit Them, 1999
National Association for Law Placement

Job Search Handbook for People With Disabilities, 2000
Daniel J. Ryan

Job Strategies for People with Disabilities, 1992
Melanie Astaire Witt

Applying and Interviewing

Interviewing Positivity (PDF)

The Unforgiving Market (PDF)

10 Suggested Dos and Don’ts To Cover Letter Writting Success (PDF)

How to Evaluate a Job Offer (PDF)

Using Informational Interviews in Your Job Search or Career Transition (PDF)

Job Hunting in a Down Market (PDF)

Returning to Work (PDF)

Preparing Resume, Cover Letter, Statements of Interest, Writing Samples and References

175 High Impact Cover Letters, 2nd Edition, 1996
Richard Beatty

Best Resumes & Cover LettersBest Resumes for $75,000+ Executive Jobs, 1992
William Montag

Best Resumes for Attorneys, 1994
Joan Fondell & Mary Jo Russo. John Wiley & Sons

Better Resumes for Attorneys and Paralegals, 1986
Adele Lewis & David A. Saltman

Dynamite Cover Letters & Other Great Job Search letters!, 1994
Caryl Rae Krannich & Ronald L. Krannich

The Only Job Hunting Guide You’ll Ever Need: The Most Comprehensive Guide for Job

Hunters and Career SwitchersUpdated and Revised, 1995
Kathryn Petras & Ross Petras

Resumes Don’t Get Jobs: The Realities and Myths of Job Hunting, 1993
Bob Weinstein

Information InterviewingHow to Tap Your Hidden Job Market, 1996
Martha Stoodley

Jobs for Lawyers, Effective Techniques for Getting Hired in Today’s Legal Marketplace, 1996
Hillary Jane Mantis & Kathleen Brady.

An Insider’s Guide to Interviewing: Insights from the Employer’s Perspective, 1996
National Association for Law Placement

The Essential Book of Interviewing, 1995
Arnold B. Kanter

Fair and Effective Interviewing, 1995
National Association for Law Placement

Information Interviewing: How to Tap Your Hidden Job Market, 1996
Martha Stoodley

The Legal Job Interview: Winning the Law Related Job in Today’s Market, 1992
Clifford R. Ennico

Stating Your Case: How to Interview for a Job as a Lawyer, 1982
Joseph D. Ryan

Sweaty Palms: The Neglected Art of Being Interviewed, 2005
H. Anthony Medley

Re-Entering Attorneys

Firsthand Accounts of Re-entry (PDF)

Nuts and Bolts of Re-entry: A Step by Step Process for Attorneys Re-entering the Work Force (PDF)