One of the benefits of our lives shifting online in 2020, has been that we don't even have to leave the house in order to network, from law student societies hosting virtual networking events with firms and online events hosted by Legal Industry bodies to harnessing the power of LinkedIn connections, our networking scope is broader then ever. It doesn't matter whether the person you want to connect with lives down the street or on the other side of the world, they're only a LinkedIn message or Zoom call away. The previously daunting idea of entering a room of professionals and trying to 'mingle' has been replaced with being able to jump into a Zoom room of potential professional connections in our Ugg boots and pyjama pants (with a business appropriate shirt, of course). So here are some resources to get you started when it comes to networking in the digital age.
Careers Confidential (Monash LSS)
The importance of networking and LinkedIn
Lovedeep Sodhi speaks to Matthew Jarrett, a graduate at Baker McKenzie and Marissa Volaris, a final year LLB student about tips and tricks to leverage LinkedIn and virtual networking to expand your professional network and learn more about the legal industry.
More from Law (Harry Clark)
Ep. 37 - Utilising LinkedIn to Network and Learn: with Sam Rathling
LinkedIn "how to" Webinar
This webinar is exclusive to Monash University students and goes over the basics of creating a LinkIn profile and how you can best set yourself up to network with those in your industry to learn more about the industry.
It is run in a webinar format so you do not need a camera or microphone to tune into this webinar. There are polls and Q&A functionality used during the webinar to ensure a level of interactiveness.
Having commercial awareness is something that law firms commonly look for in applicants particularly when applying for a seasonal clerkship or a graduate position. you can start building commercial awarness at any time - it's never too early to start delving into the ins and outs of the legal industry.
FOLLOW ON LINKEDIN
Follow the big law firms
Follow the Financial Times
Follow the Australian Financial Review
EVENTS TO GO TO
Beyond Commercial Careers Fair
Learn how your law degree can be used across varied industries, not just for a traditional commercial career with a large law firm. You will have the chance to speak with lawyers in many non-commercial fields, including not-for-profit, in-house, academia, government and many more. Representatives from Practical Legal Training providers will also be on hand to answer any questions about admission after graduation. This is your opportunity to learn more, ask questions and discover jobs you didn't even know existed!
BRUSH UP ON YOUR RESUME & COVER LETTER
How to Write a Resume
The Resume "how to" is a 1-hour webinar (including Q&A) useful for students looking to develop a quality, compelling resume and access to the resume review service.
How to Write a Cover Letter
The Cover Letter "how to is a 1-hour webinar (including Q&A) useful for all students looking to increase their understanding of how to create a cover letter and access to the cover letter review service
How to Interview Well
The Interview Skills "how to" workshop is 1-hour webinar (including Q&A) useful for all students looking to develop their understanding of interviews and to access the interview skills review service.
BUILDING YOUR PERSONAL BRAND
What does it mean to have a person brand? Have you ever thought about what your unique selling point is? While leveraging social media and other platforms to build your personal brand, you might be surprised to know that you don't have to be the next hottest YoutTube star or Instagram model to have a personal brand. In fact, you probably already have a personal brand without even knowing it. Many students are finding themselves with some extra time on their hands during this pandemic which is the perfect opportunity for self-reflection and becoming conscious of how you project yourself in the professional world. Find out more about how to do this with the resources below.