Two articles (linked below) providing advice about securing a job on the Hill highlight the three principles emphasized on this blog (and in the new ABA book Making Partner) for securing a legal job:
2. Network (with a plan)
3. Practice Persistence.
The first article “Capitol Hill or Bust!” highlights the importance of Focusing and Networking with a plan — “Rather than telling colleagues you want to “return to the Hill,” be specific. Say you want to work in energy policy or you want to help with the re-authorization of the Higher Education Act. Then they can introduce you to people who are directly connected to those positions.”
The second article “When will something come up” highlights the importance of practicing persistence in the context of exploring all of your options. “The chance of getting a job through the job banks is likely less than landing a job through regular informational interviews or an internship. But that does not mean you should give up. On the contrary, the job banks and job postings exist because offices are still interested in outside talent. And while I wouldn’t rely solely on the job boards, I wouldn’t ignore them, either. Even landing an interview is a good step toward networking further. And keep in mind the golden rule of Washington, D.C.: Even if you don’t get the exact job you’re interviewing for, it doesn’t mean there won’t be another job for you in that same office that is a better fit.”
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