The Right Moves: Job Search and Career Development Strategies for Lawyers, produced by the National Association for Law Placement and authored by Valerie Fontaine, is a resource that provides a wide range of job-search and job-application advice to law students and attorneys. A copy of this resource is available in the Career Development Office.
The book begins with an overview of the current legal job market, how it has changed from years past, and how this information is relevant to job seekers. The remaining parts of the book offer advice and specific tactics for job seekers.
Chapters three through seven guide the reader through the initial steps of the job search and application processes. In addition to providing a useful checklist for job seekers, the author supplies other practical advice, such as resources (including professionals like headhunters and career counselors) to consult to find job openings, a calendar for the most strategic times to apply, tips on how to prepare and perfect cover letters and résumés, and guidance on how to manage an appropriate and professional online presence.
Chapters eight and nine provide more in-depth information about the interviewing process. Chapter eight advises readers on how to prepare for an interview as well as how to communicate, both verbally and nonverbally, during an interview. The chapter also provides specific information about special kinds of interviews, such as those that take place during a meal, while getting coffee, with a panel, on the telephone, via video/webcam, or out of town. There is also a helpful section about potentially “dangerous” interview questions and difficult interviewers. Then, chapter nine describes how to follow up appropriately and professionally after an interview.
The remainder of the book deals with special issues faced by certain job seekers. Chapters ten through twelve explain how to carry out a job search confidentially, re-enter the legal field after leaving for a while, search for jobs as an older candidate, and land a job with an in-house legal department. The final chapters of the book provide advice on how to address and negotiate salary and benefits, transition smoothly into a new workplace, advance professionally within a firm, and interact with co-workers, adversaries, clients, and others.
Overall, this resource is quite comprehensive and a bit lengthier than some similar books. However, it is organized in such a way that a law student or fledgling attorney could easily find and consult only those parts relevant to him or her. In sum, this book provides a wealth of practical tips and is a great resource for any job seeker at any career stage.