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.

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Job Hunting

  • Justin Green
    YLDNews, December 2016

    Some tips to boost your resume and maximize your chances of landing that dream job.

  • Edward Wasilewski
    YLDNews, June 2016
    Some pointers to help you land a job or career in the legal profession.
  • Priscilla Singer
    YLDNews, April 2016
    Your work wardrobe should make you feel confident, comfortable, professional, and ready to take on the day. Here are a few tips for the young attorney’s closet.
  • Stephanie Tang
    YLDNews, June 2014

    The University of Illinois College of Law introduced its “Fundamentals of Legal Practice” Program earlier this year to supplement the traditional legal courses students took in an effort to help them understand the issues important to hiring attorneys.

  • Jessica C. Marshall
    The Catalyst, September 2011

    A first-hand account of how networking really works.

  • Cade Cummins
    YLDNews, June 2011

    A few suggestions for new attorneys as you take the bar exam and look for employment.

  • Shital A. Patel
    The Catalyst, April 2011

    Some practical advice to consider when changing practice areas.

  • Debra Liss Thomas
    YLDNews, December 2010

    It's easy to become a member of local associations—here are a few reasons you should.

  • 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.

  • Jane H. Kim
    YLDNews, June 2010

    Some tips to help young lawyers identify and convey their unique professional value in an up-and-coming market.

  • 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. 

  • Helen W. Gunnarsson
    Illinois Bar Journal, May 2009

    You've been laid off or fear you might be - now what? Career experts help you take your future into your own hands - and see ISBA's career resources on page 234.

  • Jennifer Bertoglio
    Standing Committee on Legal Technology, August 2008

    An attorney on the job hunt can now search and apply for a job anywhere in the world in just a few clicks of a mouse. As a result, 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.