Tips for Job Searching During Difficult Economic Conditions

We understand that these are stressful times and there are a lot of things we will have to figure out together.  We want you to remember that the CDO office is open and ready to help you with career questions and with your job search, whether for the summer or after you graduate!

Here in the CDO office we have a combined experience of 47+ years in career services. We have supported students as they successfully navigated difficult economic times and have learned a lot in the process. Below are our top tips based on what actions can help lead to successful job outcomes.

  1. First, there is ALWAYS hope. Even in difficult times, new jobs and internships will be posted. Keep job searching and don’t give up just because the economy is challenged. Get started right away and be resilient. You can’t land a job if you don’t try!
  2. Be flexible. Job seekers who are open to organizations (and locations) they hadn’t previously considered will have more success than those who only pursue options with a limited number of employers.
  3. Notice which legal fields are more and less impacted.  There are many jobs that can still be done remotely. Certain areas of practice will also see an increase in demand, as this situation unfolds.
  4. You need HIGH QUALITY resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn profiles, and interview skills. When jobs get posted, expect organizations are going to get a lot of applications. You need well-crafted materials to land an interview and you need to excel in the interview to get hired. The CDO Team is here to help you shine!  Our handbook is a great place to start if you are feeling stuck.
  5. Leverage your network – you never know where a job is coming from!  When employers have openings, they may prefer to fill the role via word-of-mouth to avoid a deluge of applications. As a result, this is a critical time to be conducting informational meetings with professionals. The CDO is happy to connect you with attorneys in your field of interest!
  6. Get creative in your job search! Symplicity is a great place to start, however it is not the only place to look. Try searching Indeed, Linkedin, CORE, PSJD.org, USAJobs.gov, and firm/organization websites.

National data shows that students who regularly used career services were more likely to land a job after graduation. Your CDO Team is here to help – make an appointment through Symplicity, watch CDO Program Videos, and don’t forget to check the CDO blog for future events. We are all in this together!

(Tips adapted from Heidi Perman.)

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