Three Ways to Pivot Your Career Plan and Find a Job
By Jamy J. Sullivan, JD
The legal field has seen its share of challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic, so it’s understandable that job seekers would be apprehensive about their career plans amid the current hiring environment. But with extra legwork, you’ll still be able to chart your path. Here are three tips to adjust your plans and find a job.
1. Be strategic
As you search for a job, invest time and energy in marketing yourself. That means connecting with your alumni organization to find new openings, as well as taking advantage of online networking through platforms like LinkedIn.
Make sure all your online profiles are up to date and look for additional ways to show your expertise, such as writing and sharing scholarly blog posts. When you do get an interview, you’ll be able to show potential employers that you’ve made the most of your time.
2. Don’t be afraid to pivot
The ability to quickly shift gears is a particularly useful skill in uncertain, disruptive times like these, when some practice areas have contracted just as others have expanded. The American Bar Association predicts COVID-19-related growth in healthcare, insurance, tax, restructuring/bankruptcy and employment law. Stay current with trends within the legal field and look for online courses or other training opportunities to increase your expertise in these in-demand areas.
It’s normal for your career to diverge into two or more roads, especially if you’re just starting out. If taking the road less traveled feels like the right thing to do, don’t hesitate — it may lead to great things.
3. Set realistic expectations
Don’t forget to give yourself a little grace and be realistic about your expectations. Explore different on-ramps. Don’t shy away from internships or pro bono work because they don’t fit in with your post-graduation plans or the career path you initially imagined. Any new, relevant work experience will pay off in the long run.
Whatever your strategy, try to stay positive. While a long job search can be discouraging, there are few qualities that employers value more highly than perseverance and a never-give-up mindset.