Packing a bag lunch is prudent, but taking practicing attorneys out to lunch is a shrewd move that will expand your network and may get you a job.
Tomasz Stasiuk has a great post on how to jump start your job search by mastering the networking lunch.
A few tips for your networking lunch:
- Get a business card. People still use them and a neat design can make you stand out from the crowd.
- Make sure your email address is business appropriate—try and get something that has your last name and first initial (firstname.lastname@example.org does not cut it).
- Be sure to follow up—write an actual thank you card, not a two-sentence email. The attorney will appreciate the gesture and it might make you stand out from the crowd.
Make it a point to have lunch with at least one other attorney each week, and watch it pay off.
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