Tech Tools to Use In Your Legal Job Search

How to use technology to advance your career

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When you’re in the midst of a job hunt, one of the best things you can do to improve your chances of success (and preserve your sanity) is to stay organized. With the amount of leads you’re pursuing, companies to research, and cover letters and resumes to prepare, it’s easy to become overwhelmed very quickly. This is why it’s essential to organize your process. Using technology and tools is a great way to do this.

Let’s look at these tech tools that will help you in your legal job search.

Microsoft Onenote and Evernote – Searching for a legal job requires you to be hyper-organized about your time and materials. Microsoft OneNote and Evernote are great tools to help you organize all your job search materials. OneNote has three main levels of organization: pages, which are grouped into sections, which are then grouped into notebooks. You can use a notebook for each company you’re considering, and then take notes and cut and paste research into the section.  You can also use tags and color-coding if you are more visually inclined. Evernote helps you take notes, track tasks and save things you find online (such as job descriptions). The program will sync everything between your phone and computer automatically. 

Trello – This project management system is essentially a visual bulletin board for projects.

For each new thing you want to keep track of, you create “a board.” You might have one for people you want to reach out to, a second one for job leads, a third to help keep track of feedback on your resume and cover letter, and so on. Within each board, you create “lists” which you then populate with “cards.” The cards move from list to list (typically along a linear progression), allowing you to easily keep track of a lot of information at once.

You can give each card a color-coded label (your most important job leads might be green, for example) and you can add comments, and even checklists, to each card.

LinkedIn Resume Builder – This professional social networking site can be used in all aspects of your job search and research. It’s great for identifying people within companies you’re targeting, as well as finding open positions. But I want to point out one of the under-used tools of LinkedIn, which is the resume builder. LinkedIn actually has a feature that will take your profile and turn it into a resume that can be saved as a PDF. While the tool currently doesn’t allow you to edit your resume, it does give you a good starting point and is very helpful when you’re in a time crunch and need to get the resume completed ASAP. It’s also helpful when your resume doesn’t need much customization for the job in which you’re applying.

Interview Prep Questions – Once you have an interview, your next step is preparing for the meeting. Interview Prep Questions is a free, fully-featured flash card app that prepares you for dozens of job interview questions. Each question is accompanied by suggestions that will help you answer the tough questions, like “Explain how your knowledge has grown in the past 12 months.” You organize your cards by using a “Faves Deck” and “Main Deck.” Individual cards can be added to or removed from a built-in "Faves Deck" at any time.

The "Faves Deck" is helpful if you only want to concentrate on the cards that give you trouble. You can also ignore cards that are not relevant to your situation. The "Flip" button really flips the card (just like a real flash card!) and the arrows can be used to navigate to cards within a deck.

Job searches are stressful. But when you use the right technical tools, you’ll feel less overwhelmed and can get better track of all your prospects and leads. Good luck!