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down the process. Participating in some informational interviews, getting
mentoring and learning about others’ career paths and work niches will
help clarify and rule certain types of jobs in or out. As we determine something
is not for us, we methodically can then check out a new option.
Self Marketing and Applying
After the necessary work of the stages above, the only step left is to start
applying. The opportunities are pre-screened from our focused searches.
The application stage carries much weight as our internal plans are suddenly
open to current colleagues, potential future employers and personal
contacts. The application stage will differ based on an individual’s professional
level, but feelings of anxiety and excitement are felt from the newest
associate to the most seasoned litigator. At times this stage will involve
informal processes followed by formal interviews. Either way, this is the
phase where we will polish our resume and create cover letters, which will
need to be tailored for each particular job we apply for as we emphasize different
strengths and highlight how our skills transfer well to the particular
job sought. We are getting closer to our new beginning.
As we carefully and thoroughly go through the five phases of the job
search, we will find our new niche. With a clear lens and a deliberate
search, we will steer ourselves to fulfilling jobs or new careers. LAPBC is
happy to help you at career crossroads. Please contact us directly and please
participate in our “What You Can Do with Your Law Degree” workshop,
which is offered several times per year. Find us at <www.lapbc.com>.
LAPBC is an independent organization of members of the legal community (lawyers, judges, families and support staff). We
provide peer support and referral services to help people deal with personal problems, including alcohol and drug dependence,
stress, anxiety and depression. We are volunteers and staff committed to providing confidential, compassionate and
knowledgeable outreach, support and education. We seek to foster collegiality among our peers and to promote health and
well-being in our community. You can reach LAPBC by telephone at 604-685-2171, toll-free at 1-888-685-2171 or via the
LAP website: <www.lapbc.com>.
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