If you’re a Junior Lawyer chances are you no doubt have a lot of work to do every day. You’re likely to be under a lot of pressure to meet deadlines and with that can come a lot of stress. If you’re not happy with the work that you’re doing you could always look for a new lawyer job, but you could also change how you work.
Let’s take a look at a few job tips that could make your working life a lot easier:
Consider Helping Others
The best way for you to develop some very strong business relationships is by helping others. Ask other people how you can help them, rather than asking for help. You may be shocked as to how you can help yourself by helping other people. In other words, asking a business how you can help them could result in you achieving a higher income and a great relationship.
Make Connections as Early as Possible
As a Junior Lawyer, you’re no doubt aware of how important it is to establish client relationships. Play the long game by making connections as early as possible. Much of your future business may come from the connections you made while you were at law school.
Stay in touch with your peers and make sure you contact them at least twice a year. Send out Christmas cards and make sure your address book is up to date. You never know, your law school peers may end up asking you to work with them.
Treat your Clients Well
You’re likely to come across a few clients that you don’t particularly like. This is perfectly normal, but you should treat those clients the same way you treat the clients you do like. Treat your clients, your contacts and your competition the way you would like to be treated. You don’t have to be anyone’s best friend but being polite and talking to people could help you in the long run.
There may be times when you have little or no work and you may feel like giving up. However, you should resist the urge to give it all up as persistence usually pays off. Understand that not everyone that you approach will offer you work. In fact, to begin with, more people may say “No”. This is normal and something you will get used to over time.
Build on your Reputation
Your reputation as a lawyer means everything, and a good reputation can be damaged within minutes. Protect your reputation as much as you can and don’t take any risks that could ruin it. The better your reputation, the more work you may receive.
Being a Junior Lawyer can be a lot of work and you can unwittingly make finding work hard for yourself. The good news is that if you stay in contact with your law school peers, harness your reputation and treat your clients well, your working life could get a whole lot easier. Be persistent even when you feel like giving up and consider helping others so your career as a Junior Lawyer and eventually a partner is one you can be proud of.