Packaging yourself to convince legal employers you’re right for the job: A hiring checklist

Posted on 08-18-2014 by
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Packaging yourself to convince legal employers you’re right for the job: A hiring checklist

It’s a dog-eat-dog world out there, especially when it comes to job hunting. But how can you better match your career attributes to the employer’s needs to make the sale?

Here is some advice from when interviewing for a firm or any legal job.

  • Confirm your understanding (based on prior research) of the employer’s clients and the types of matters it handles.
  • Inquire as to the employer’s overall mission statement as communicated to its employees.
  • Think of 3 attributes you have that could benefit the employer (based on its work and mission). Then, prepare the initial list before your meeting, but you may want to supplement based on information you learn at the meeting. A couple of examples:
    • Prior work experience
    • Education
    • Particular skill (attention to detail, strong writer)
    • Potential client contacts
    • Background (including foreign language proficiency)
    • Interests/hobbies
  • Explain in sufficient detail why you believe the employer needs someone that possesses those attributes
  • Note that anyone who has those attributes could be helpful to the employer (i.e., does not have to be you)
  • Make the sale by explaining that in addition to these attributes, you possess one or two intangible skills that further separate you from the competition
    • Reasons you are bound to the area for the long-term so it is less likely you will move shortly after the employer has spent money to train you (family here, young children, just bought house, etc.)
    • Reasons you will be able to put in sufficient time at work (no family commitments, no children, live close, etc.)
    • Glowing recommendation letters that speak to your work ethic, legal skills including attention to detail, writing proficiency, etc.


Justin Berger
Justin Berger
Posted on : 30 Sep 2014 1:35 AM

Any thoughts on how to address or minimize a lack of experience in certain areas a potential employer may be looking for?  Or do you just focus on the positive things you do bring to the table?

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