SOCIAL NETWORK FOR GREATER NYC AREA LEGAL SUPPORT TALENT

  • Knowledge management is a smart way to move from a support staff position to a go-to featured function of your firm. With KM skills librarians become strategists and thought leaders by bridging together engineering IT skills and library science.
  • As a webmaster, learn the difference between portals and intranets and their roles in knowledge sharing.
  • Columbia University is offering a Master of Science degree in Information and Knowledge Strategy for professionals interested in being leaders in leveraging knowledge in any industry. www.ce.columbia.edu/information
  • OPEN INVITATION to firms, schools and associations:  Join my group on LinkedIn and feel free to post any job announcements in your search for local talent.
  • Join the Lawstacks librarian/paralegal group on LinkedIn.
  • There is more to compensation than just salary including conferences and training allowances, tuition reimbursement, company matched retirement plans, life insurance, stock options, severance packages, flexplan, wellness benefits, etc.  Negotiate these benefits upon being hired so that you will be prepared upon exit.
  • Social Media search firms are being created to search the Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and other social networking accounts of potential employees and job applicants.  The purpose of these firms is to collect information on you!  Be sure that your accounts reflect how you want to be viewed.  Check out this article –  http://mashable.com/2011/08/28/social-media-recruiting-infographic/
  • DO NOT forward a list of references with your job application to a potential employer!  In a tough economy,  competition for jobs may give an opportunity to someone (your reference) to use your connections to a job opening as a way to hook up friends who are also looking for jobs.  BE CAUTIOUS.
  • WANT GREAT SUGGESTIONS?  Take a look at this NYPL video with career management advice on utilizing LinkedIn more effectively.  http://www.nypl.org/audiovideo/building-your-professional-network-linkedin-and-how-use-it-your-job-search
  • On Jan, 25, 2010, ALA-APA began accepting applications from potential candidates interested in acheiving the Library Support Staff Certification.  The LSSC program is the first national, voluntary certification program for library support staff.  This new certification program will help library support staff acheive recognition for current and new skills and abilities, as well as increase access to continuing education opportunities.  Direct questions to lssc@ala.org
  • After you have scheduled an interview, in preparation you should know the history of the industry as well as the company.  You can find this information at SIBL on Madison Avenue in New York.  Research what the company is currently doing. 
  • Another great preparation prior to an interview is to look up all of your interviewers on LinkedIn.  You want to be aware of their education and background including their hobbies.  Connect with them so that they will have the opportunity to spend time beforehand looking at your LinkedIn profile.  Experts note that most successful interviews are won based on chemistry and confidence between both parties. 
  • After an interview, it is a good idea to send a thank you letter.  Handwritten is ideal, but if you send an email, design a template on your computer of  a personalized header. The header will serve as an electronic stationery.   Save this template and make it uniform with the header on your resume.  The design will begin to form the look of your personal brand. 
  • When preparing questions for an interview, you should make a list of questions for your potential employer, then add 3 more before your meeting.
  • Ms.  Rosenberg from the Five O’clock Club advises that we keep rejection letters in order to gain a contact name.  This is useful if you decide to send a targeted letter in the future with your new upgraded or updated resume.
  • Statistics show that most successful jobseekers obtain a position by  either networking or direct mail contact.  Networking includes socializing at events where you can collect information and business cards.   Be prepared by getting some personal business cards printed in order to pass out at social events.  Author and job search lecturer John Crant suggests that your personal business cards feature your name in a large font just as a corporation would present  its name on a firm business card.  This will show that YOU are the business that you are advertising.  John Crant is a job coach mentor that speaks frequently at the New York Public Library and his website can be found at www.selfrecruiter.com
  • If you choose to do a direct mailing, you should write a 4 paragraph letter addressed directly to the hiring manager.  Keep in mind to make your letter interesting and memorable.  What you write will shape other people’s perception of you.  Find a target’s name by researching at SIBL or do a Google or Bing search on the web.
  • According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, growth projections for the paralegal industry in NYC from 2008 through 2018 will increase by 7.79% with total job openings at approximately 54,500.
  • The Bureau of Labor Statistics projects that the librarian industry in NYC will grow by 28.08% with a projection of 104,000 job openings between 2008 and 2018.
  • According to the employment website indeed.com/salary, the average yearly salary of a law librarian in NYC as of February 1, 2011 is $74,000.  A supervisory librarian averages $111,000 annually.
  • Indeed.com/salary also reports that the average yearly salary for a paralegal in NYC as of February 1, 2011 is $63,000 with senior paralegals earning $79,000.
  • Just because you have earned a paralegal certificate does not mean you are officially “certified” as a paralegal.  You must pass an exam offered by a national paralegal organization such as NALA’s CLA/CP exam
  • Always be mindful to LOOK the part, DRESS the part and BE the part while job hunting – Dress for success!  Here is a short video addressing the ‘business casual’ concept.    No disrespect to Mark Zuckerberg!     http://www.entrepreneur.com/video/220169
  • Become a published writer by submitting articles to trade publications.
  • Network by contacting people in the field that you respect and ask to shadow them.
  • Try to find a worthy mentor.  They can help guide you through your journey and at times speed up your professional development.  AALL has a Mentor Project that pairs newer librarians with more experienced law librarians to answer questions and guide their careers.
  • Become well versed in social media, including LinkedIn, Facebook,  Twitter, Foursquare, YouTube, Google+, etc.
  • “I am flexible, what were you thinking?” 
    A good response to the salary requirements
    question. You may also state early in the interviewing process that, it is too early and that you need to know more about the job.  Professionals say that generally the first person to mention salary will lose.  
  • Minorities are encouraged to pursue these fields as they are currently underrepresented in law and academia.
  • Professionals say that it is not always necessary to speak a foreign language when dealing with international firms because many overseas firms have English-speaking staff.  However, it wouldn’t hurt.
  • It’s a good idea to check all relevant jobsites and listservs at least once a day while you are on a job search.
  • You should open a new email account just for job searching and check it everyday.  The most widely respected email provider in our industry is Google’s gmail.  If you are still using AOL and Hotmail you may be dating yourself.  Also, you may not want to use an email account connected to your cable TV service.