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Job Hunting - Practice Resource Center

Whether starting fresh or starting over, here are some tips to help you stand out from the crowd and get the job you want.

ISBA Career Center
Search thousands of legal job listings from throughout the country, post your resume, and take advantage of other job-seeker services, all of which are free to ISBA members.

Illinois Lawyer Finder
List yourself on ISBA's Illinois Lawyer Finder web directory and let prospective clients find you. More than just a directory, it offers information for the public about Illinois law and other consumer-friendly features. A basic listing is free, and an enhanced listing is only $50 year. For details on getting your listing, go to Join Illinois Lawyer Finder.


Help wanted? Practical advice for landing a job
By Robert Fink, YLDNews, December 2008
Some DOs and DONT's when applying for an associate position with a law firm based.

Intersection of technology and your job search—Techniques to streamline and stand out
By Jennifer Bertoglio, Legal Technology, August 2008
In this age of electronic resumes and digital job postings, making effective use of technology requires sophisticated strategies to streamline your search and stand out to prospective employers.

How to stand out in an up-and-coming market
By Jane H. Kim, YLDNews, June 2010
Some tips to help young lawyers identify and convey their unique professional value in a growing market.

Cultural fit: One key to a young attorney's happiness
By Bryan J. Johnson, YLDNews, June 2010
When interviewing for a job, be sure to focus on the firm's culture and determine if and how well you would fit in.

Getting your first legal job: The necessity of networking
By Jessica C. Natkin, The Catalyst, September 2011
A first-hand account of how networking really works.

Jumpstart your job search: Three surefire ways to reenergize your networking efforts
By Lisa L. Abrams, YLDNews, February 2003
Chances are your car isn't the only thing that could use a jump start in February. Your job search could probably use an infusion of energy, too.

In-house job search 101
By Meredith E. Ritchie, The Corporate Lawyer, October 2007
So, you are thinking it is time to make a change—your skills aren't being utilized, you don't see advancement in your future at your current company or you received word that your legal department is moving to another state.

Transitions in the law
By Shital A. Patel, The Catalyst, April 2011
Some practical advice to consider when changing practice areas.

Five reasons to start networking and joining bar associations right away
By Debra Liss Thomas, YLDNews, December 2010
It's easy to become a member of local associations—here are a few reasons you should.

The many benefits of attending CLE seminars
By Debra Liss Thomas, YLDNews, October 2010
The ISBA offers programs that cater to every interest and area of law. Click here to see the reasons you should attend, and then check the schedule to see what's coming up.

Shakin' the Pink-Slip Blues
By Helen W. Gunnarsson, Illinois Bar Journal, May 2009
Career experts offer advice about how to take your future into your own hands.

You didn't get the job. Now what?
By Christina M. Webb, YLDNews, December 2009
You thought the interview went well. A week or two later, a letter from the prospective employer arrives. The envelope's thin—just large enough for one sheet of paper. Do you open the letter? You do, but you don't need to—you know it's a rejection letter.

Salary negotiations for the small firm associate
By Joseph P. Giamanco, General Practice, Solo and Small Firm, November 2006
For most of us who read this newsletter, the concept of obtaining a six-figure salary straight out of law school was nothing but a dream; yet, for those friends of ours who chose the path of the 100+ attorney law firms it was a reality.