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You think you may have found the perfect legal job – so how can you make sure you do not narrowly miss out to another candidate? You know have the right experience, but how can you be certain to convince the prospective employer?

This is the second of my series of blogs to help you get the job in law that you want. In an extremely tough economic climate you really need to leave nothing to chance, and any preparation could prove the difference between the runner-up spot and the gold medal.

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Be findable

On one hand, the key is for people to know you exist and, on the other, for them to be able to find you easily — nobody wants their legal CV circulating the internet if they can help it and so there are some great alternatives available to allow you to control the information you want to be readily available.

Social media, for instance, is not just for hipsters: LinkedIn has been around for ten years now and millions of people benefit from its use on a daily basis. It’s one of the recruiter’s best friends in that it provides people with the opportunity to limit exactly what information they are willing to share with the public whilst also allowing them to update this information continually. If you are not on it already and you want to have opportunities run past you, this is one tool you cannot afford to live without.

The complete guide to LinkedIn for law job seekers

Social Media

Everyone is jumping on board the social networking bandwagon – should you as a lawyer be doing the same? Legal recruitment today is not all about advertising in the legal press and hoping for a C.V. to be posted in the snail mail!

Recruitment, in the now, is all about using all means possible and this includes maximising the services and tools available in the digital space, particularly when I’m recruiting for clients in the media, telecoms, or IT sectors.

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Making the grade

One of the greatest misconceptions out there is that being an equity partner at a law firm puts you in the nest with the golden goose. The reality is that the move in to equity can be a bumpy ride at the best of times with earning liable to go both up and down, and over the last three years it has become increasingly fraught. Like the transition to partner status from associate, however, it can be a driving factor to move, that irresistible itch that needs to be scratched. To ensure it isn't a move you regret there are a number of factors you should take in to account.