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Warm contacts: using LinkedIn to find a job

March 29, 2010

Job hunting during a recession may seem like a daunting or hopeless task sometimes. However, it is important not to rely solely on job postings to find a job. Ask a career counselor about finding a job, and he/she will say: network, network, network. But “networking” is itself a bit general. I have heard the phrase “go to your warm contacts”  which is probably a more apt way to describe effective networking. It’s about priorities. Go to your warm contacts first.

CNN.com published a good article on How LinkedIn will fire up your career (or perhaps get you a job for that matter). The article gives tips on making the most of your profile page. The article also makes an excellent point: LinkedIn is a great information resource…so much so that recruiters have been known to mine the site for information on suitable candidates.  Granted, the recruiters in the article were looking mainly for IT candidates and not attorneys, but the corollary is LinkedIn can also be a great resource for firm information via your legal contacts.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. Smitty permalink
    April 5, 2010 2:32 pm

    Who uses linkedin? I thought only wannabe real estate agents used it?

    • April 5, 2010 4:49 pm

      Actually, most of my legal contacts – big law, small law, solos, and law students – have LinkedIn, though this may be more of a generational thing.

  2. Smitty permalink
    April 12, 2010 9:54 pm

    Well, that may be but “biglaw” firms frown on their young associates advertising their affiliation on sites like that.

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