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Aug 13

Recruitem Yields More LinkedIn Search Results

One advantage to purchasing a premium LinkedIn account is the ability to see more search results when you perform advanced people searches.  With the basic (free) LinkedIn account, you are limited to 100 results when you perform a search and the results consist of people in your 1st or 2nd degree network.

Job seekers often want to see more than 100 results; they want to see all attorneys with a particular background who practice in a particular market.  However, there’s a free website job seekers can use to see more than 100 results.  Instead of upgrading your account, try running your LinkedIn searches on Recruitem.  Recruitem searches public LinkedIn profiles on Google so you get more results.  Simply enter your search parameters and search!  For example, if you are looking for a job in Orlando, FL, you may want to find partners at Orlando firms and perform the search below.

As you can see, there are over 7,000 results, so you aren’t limited to only 100.

Apr 13

Dos & Don’ts of LinkedIn’s Mention Feature

LinkedIn recently introduced a new feature—mentions—that is similar to tagging connections in a post on Facebook or mentioning someone in a tweet.  I encourage you to view the slides in this post to learn how the feature works.  The feature is not available to all users at this time; according to this tweet from @LinkedInHelp, LinkedIn is “slowly rolling it out to everyone.”

Overall, I think the mentions feature will be effective, but I also think there’s potential for spam.  I’ve outlined several dos and don’ts on how lawyers and law students can use the mentions feature once it’s available.


  • Thank a LinkedIn connection for inviting you to speak or a company for sponsoring the event:
    • I enjoyed speaking at XYZ Symposium yesterday – a big thanks to Sally Smith for inviting me to participate!
    • I enjoyed speaking at XYZ Symposium yesterday – a big thanks to the host sponsors:  Smith Jones LLP, Hunter Thomas LLP and Perkins Cox LLP.
  • Acknowledge your LinkedIn connections who are speaking at an upcoming event:
    • This seminar on salary negotiations looks like a great event for women lawyers – speakers include Sally Smith, Jane Doe and Molly Jones.
    • My colleague, Paul Hunter, is speaking at the HNBA Annual Conference.  If you are attending, he’s speaking on April 1 at 11am.
  • Share a link to an article, post or video that’s by or about one of your connections:
    • Such an important topic for all lawyers – great piece (or interview) by Mike Smith.
    • Congratulations to Tom Moore on his promotion!


  • Don’t share links (especially links to your own content) and mentioning people just so they will see/read the article, post or video. A private message is more appropriate to send this type of content.
    • Sally Smith, Jane Doe and Molly Jones – I think you’ll love this article!
  • Don’t mention LinkedIn connections who are attending an event unless you know (with 100% certainty) they don’t mind your mentioning them.
    • I loved the session on how to find a job in the current legal market and enjoyed visiting with Tom Moore and Mike Smith.
  • Don’t list companies or firms where you’d like to work.
    • I’d love to work at Smith Jones LLP, Hunter Thomas LLP and Perkins Cox LLP.

Apr 13

When You Can’t Send a Personalized LinkedIn Invitation

It is common for lawyers and law students to connect on LinkedIn with other legal professionals they may not know very well.  However, most legal professionals prefer to receive a personalized invitation where the lawyer or law student explains why he or she wants to connect on LinkedIn; the default message (“I’d like to add you to my LinkedIn network…”) annoys many legal professionals.

In my presentation at the University of Georgia School of Law last month, one of the attendees correctly noted that sometimes you can’t personalize your LinkedIn invitation.  He’s correct — sometimes when you click “connect,” you have the opportunity to write a personal message and other times you don’t.

The inability to send a personalized invitation arises when you use the “People You May Know” feature on LinkedIn–specifically, when you choose the “See more” feature of the “People You May Know” section.  From your LinkedIn home page, you’ll see a section in the upper right corner called “People You May Know.”  As shown below, LinkedIn usually displays three people that it thinks you might know.  Below each person’s name or picture is a link to “connect.”  If you click the “connect” link, you have the option to personalize your invitation.

However, if you click the “See more” link at the bottom of the section, you are taken to a page with rows and rows of people LinkedIn thinks you might know.  If you click “connect” on this page, LinkedIn automatically sends the person an invitation to connect, and you don’t have the option to personalize the message.

To send a personalized invitation to people LinkedIn displays on this page, you can click on the person’s name to view his or her LinkedIn profile, then click on “Connect” in the snapshot section of the person’s LinkedIn page and then customize the invitation to connect.

Nov 12

LinkedIn’s Work Anniversary Feature

A few weeks ago, I noticed the “work anniversary” of one of my contacts in my LinkedIn news feed.

The work anniversary feature is yet another way to use LinkedIn to keep in touch with your network and remain visible—-especially if you don’t actively share content on LinkedIn.  When you “like” or comment on the work anniversary update, your contact is notified so you are able to remain on that contact’s radar.

LinkedIn makes it easy to sort updates to find the work anniversary notices:

  1. From your LinkedIn home page, place your mouse on the All Updates drop down menu and select Jobs.

  2. Scroll through the news feed with updates related to your contacts’ jobs until you see work anniversary updates.  Note:  other job related updates include endorsements, job postings, and your contacts’ new jobs or titles.
  3. Like or comment on the update!

Jul 12

Jackalope Jobs: Essential Tool for Job-Seeking Law Students & Lawyers

A new website, Jackalope Jobs, combines certain features of LinkedIn, BranchOut and Indeed to allow job seekers to simultaneously search for jobs and their social connections who work at the hiring companies.

You log into Jackalope Jobs with either LinkedIn or Facebook, thus all of your LinkedIn or Facebook connections sync with the site.  Then, you search for jobs by keywords and location—e.g., “lawyer OR counsel” and “Dallas, TX.”  Like Indeed, Jackalope Jobs aggregates job postings from various sites.   Like LinkedIn and BranchOut, Jackalope Jobs identifies your social connections (on LinkedIn or Facebook) who work at the company that is hiring or previously worked at the company.  Depending on how well you know your connection, you may want to ask that connection for more information about the company or position.

Bottom line:  Jackalope Jobs saves you the time of having to go to LinkedIn and search for who you know at the firm or company that is hiring; rather, the site identifies the jobs and your connections simultaneously … brilliant!

Jun 12

Careers in Health Law – #LawJobChat No. 15

Our June 2012 #LawJobChat is this Thursday, June 28, at 9pm EDT.  Since the June chat falls on the day of the expected SCOTUS decision on the Affordable Care Act, we’re focusing the chat on careers in health law.  We are looking for health law attorneys to participate in the chat and address some of the following topics:

  • What does “health law” encompass?
  • How easy/difficult it is to switch practice areas as a lateral associate and enter the health law field?
  • Where can you work in this field if you don’t want to work in a law firm setting?
  • How easy/difficult is it to work in a corporate legal department?
  • Is prior business experience helpful?
  • Recommended resources/blogs for students interested in this practice area
  • Recommended courses in law school
  • Recommended summer clerkship/internship
  • Are there certain sub-specialties of health law that are better for lawyers interested in a flexible schedule?
  • Impact of the SCOTUS decision on careers in health law

Click here or here for details on how to participate in a Twitter Chat.  As always, I’ll post the #LawJobChat transcript following the live chat.

Jun 12

I Wish I’d Known That: Career Advice for New Law School Graduates (#LawJobChat No. 14)

#LawJobChat returned last week, and we focused on career advice for new law school graduates.  You can read the transcript of the chat, and I’ve outlined some tips shared during the chat.

  • When balancing studying for bar and searching for a job, give priority to bar prep.  You can carve out time for both activities in June but focus only on bar prep in July.
  • Law practice is 100x more adversarial than portrayed in law school.
  • Learning does not end at law school graduation – you still have a lot to learn.
  • A successful lawyer is 50% intellect, 50% salesman; you have to make rain before you can make partner!
  • If you decide to practice in multiple states during your career, remember that CA, FL, DE, MD and NJ have state specific bar exam requirements.   You may also want to refer to the Comprehensive Guide to Bar Admission Requirements.

The next #LawJobChat is scheduled for Thursday, June 28, at 9:00 p.m. Eastern.  Contact me if there’s a topic you’d like to discuss.

Apr 12

What Law Students Want

On Friday, I moderated We Want You (in Our Network) at the NALP Annual Education Conference.  The panel consisted of practicing lawyers, law students and a legal reporter.  As illustrated in the tweet below, many attendees appreciated the students’ thoughts on how law schools and law firms are using social media, including what the students would like to see from law schools and law firms.

Since the topic of the panel involved social media, I asked law students on Twitter to share how they would like to see law schools and firms use social media  Here are a few ideas shared by the student panelists and those who participated via Twitter.

Law Schools

  1. Post profiles of local lawyers.
  2. Inform students about local events (not limited to events hosted by the legal industry or school).
  3. Share bar exam pass rates.

Law Firms

  1. Blog! Blogs help candidates get a better sense of the work the firm does as well as insight regarding the firm’s culture.

  2. Be creative – add more content than just press releases.

Apr 12

Job-Seeking Lawyers/Law Students: Follow #NALP12

The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) is hosting its Annual Education Conference this week in Austin, Texas.  There is a Twitter hashtag, #NALP12, that anyone may follow to receive updates from or about the conference.  I highly recommend that job-seeking lawyers and law students follow this hashtag for the following reasons:

  1. Meet the players. Many law firm recruiting/hiring contacts will appear in the #NALP12 Twitter stream as they tweet from the conference.  By following #NALP12, you can identify these contacts and follow up with questions or comments.  Don’t ask them for a job immediately; but, get to know them and what their firms have to offer.  Begin to build relationships with them.
  2. Raise your profile. If you tweet thoughtful questions in response to the #NALP12 tweets, attendees at the conference will notice you.  Perhaps the panelists/speakers will even monitor the tweets for their sessions and respond to your questions during the sessions.
  3. Receive job search tips and market intelligence. The substantive content of the sessions is incredible for job-seekers.   You have the opportunity to receive job search tips and market intelligence directly from the employers making hiring decisions.  Keep your eyes open for tweets from the following sessions:
  • “Rocket Docketeers” – Judicial Clerkships for the IP Student
  • Alternative Careers:  The Upside Down Pyramid
  • Assessment Tools and Innovative Interview Techniques:  What Are They and How Are They Used?
  • Beyond the Beltway:  Opportunities in Federal, State and Local Government
  • Landing a Job with the United Nations
  • Launching an Immigration Law Career at the Courthouse
  • Navigating U.S. Bar Exam Requirements for Foreign Trained Lawyers
  • NALP Update on the Legal Employment Market
  • Understanding the Current Legal Economy
  • Skills-Based Hiring for Effective Post-Recession Lateral Associate Recruitment
  • Careers in the Military

Feb 12

Evaluate LinkedIn Groups with Statistics Dashboards

LinkedIn added a statistics dashboard to each LinkedIn group in November 2011.  The dashboards show the demographics, growth and activity of a group.  Since you can only join 50 groups, job seekers should evaluate the statistics dashboard for a group to determine if a group is worth joining.  Specifically, job seekers should evaluate the following:

  1. Seniority. Is the group comprised of partners or senior level attorneys who are likely the decision makers with respect to hiring decisions?  Or, is the group comprised of entry-level associates?
  2. Jobs. How many jobs were recently posted in the group?
  3. Comments. How many comments were left in the past week?  A group with low comments is probably not very interactive.
  4. Location. If you are looking for a job in Dallas and 90% of the attorneys in a group are in New York, you may want to consider how effective that group will be in your job search.

To access the statistics dashboard, go to the home page for the group you are contemplating joining.  The dashboard is on the far right side of the page, below the “About this Group” section as shown below.