The market is very good for new grads right now! For the first time in years, we have a few entry-level full-time roles. Since the recession, most of the entry-level openings in marketing and recruiting were temp positions. I am happy to report that we are now seeing law firm recruiting and marketing positions that are open to a “smart new grad with strong internships.”
Entering the job market as a new graduate is both an exciting and stressful time. Focus on these four factors for a smooth transition into the job market:
- Resumes are always challenging. Let the resume be an outline of your professional experience, educational background and volunteer/university involvement. Be sure you are capable of speaking in detail about any experience listed on your resume. Use active verbs and cite results that you were able to achieve during the process. Keep in mind that your resume should only be one page long! Proof, proof, proof to ensure that your resume is 100% error free!
- Preparation is crucial when it comes to interviewing. Prior to an interview make sure you have read the job description and know the key aspects to the position. Make sure you understand as much as possible about the Firm, its clients and goals. Visiting the Firm’s website is a must. All of this preparation will help you ask and answer questions most effectively. Make sure you can answer in a compelling way: a) why you want this positions and b) why you are interested in this firm.
- Once you land the interview be sure to arrive at least fifteen minutes prior to the meeting. Wear something professional that makes you feel confident. If in doubt, wear something conservative, which means a dark colored suit or jacket. First impressions are critical; let your image mirror the professionalism of the Firm. Bring a pad and pen in case you need to take notes. Also, be sure to bring a few copies of your resume!
- Employers are looking for strong writing and communication skills and a “can do” attitude! Being able to clearly articulate and explain what you did and what you learned that you are eager to contribute is essential. We have seen many recent grads having trouble with some of the basic writing rules, so brushing up your writing and editing skills will be useful when you land a job. Also, you never know if a Firm will give you a writing assignment the day of the interview!
The exciting news is that there are more job opportunities available to highly motivated new grads in years! If you have a new grad in your life, please share this information with them and encourage them to focus on what they are excited to contribute to their first full-time employer. The career rewards are very likely to follow!