It's all well and good that you have a top academic record and a strong analytical mind, but if you cannot communicate these assets successfully your intellect may not take you far enough.
And so, if you're heading to an event like Bright Network Festival sometime soon, you'll need to show to Law employers that you have the skills and qualities they need. Here are our top five tips to help you display your all-important potential.
Bright Network members network and mingle with leading recruiters at Bright Network Commercial Law
1. Have a plan
To get as much out of an event as possible, you need to be clear on who you want to meet most and why. Having read lots of advice on Bright Network (naturally) and on completing your own additional research, you may decide prior to the event which firms interest you most and what sorts of questions you might like to ask their representatives.
Our top tip is to come armed with notes and pre-prepared questions if you can. Alternatively, if you're not yet sure which aspect of commercial law or particular firm appeals to you, make it your objective to talk to at least one person from a range of firms in very different areas, thereby giving you a greater insight into the breadth of careers available to you.
2. Relax and be yourself
Meeting new people, particularly important people you might want to eventually employ you, is stressful enough without having to maintain a facade. You are at the event because you are bright and these employers are interested in meeting you.
It's not about showing off or passing a time-limited exam; it's an opportunity to ask them all about the firms they are representing, as well as to let them get to know a bit about you.
3. Be interested
There is a huge difference between being interested and in trying to be interesting. When you are interested in learning about someone and their work entirely for the sake of learning about the other person, you will leave a lasting impression as someone who genuinely cares.
4. Be specific
If you've done your research and prepared yourself well for the event, you should be able to steer conversations in the right direction for you.
Most networking will be opened by questions such as 'which university are you from?' or 'what do you work on?'. You should try to break away from such openers which can often fall flat after a few minutes. If you have researched someone's interests, challenge them about their work. If you are looking for specific help, ask straight away.
5. Listen with focus
When someone is speaking with you, give that person your entire focus. Even though it is really easy to be distracted at large events by the conversation going on next to you or behind you, make sure you really listen to what the person is saying to you.
Keep your eyes and ears focused and keep your thoughts engaged too. Not only will you learn a lot more that way than by eavesdropping on your neighbour's chat, you will also make a much better impression.
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