When it comes to building a successful career in the legal field, it’s often who you know can make a real difference. While you should always be focused on building your skills, you should also focus on building relationships. No one ever achieves their career goals alone, so if you have ambitions beyond where you are today, work on nurturing and building these four key relationships in your career.
Every successful person has a mentor. Your mentor can help guide you through your career, providing valuable advice and feedback. Always remember, however, your mentor is a volunteer. Respect their time, come to each meeting fully prepared, be open about your needs and always show appreciation for their support.
Great relationships with your boss and your co-workers are not only important for your success and happiness today – they are also important to the big picture. Your colleagues can provide you with new opportunities to learn and grow, and they can act as references in the event you move on to a new job. Boundaries in the workplace are important but get to know your colleagues as more than just co-workers. Invite them to lunch and show an interest in getting to know them as both people and professionals. Step up and help without being asked, volunteer to take on extra work if one of your co-workers is struggling and become known as a true team player. That way, when you need help, everyone will be more likely to return your favors.
Your Network Connections
As the old saying goes, you get what you give. The reason most people fail at networking is they only ask others for help without giving anything in return. Instead of focusing on what your network can do for you, focus on what you can do for them. Reach out regularly to members of your network to say hello, catch up and whenever possible, introduce them to new people. You’ll get a reputation as someone willing to help others, which will pay off in spades when you do need help.
Your recruiter can be an invaluable career resource, and the more you put into the relationship, the more you’ll get out of it. First, always be honest and upfront about what you’re looking for. Next, always be responsive when your recruiter reaches out. Don’t wait two days to return a call or email. Finally, reach out and give a friendly check-in if it’s been a while since you’ve talked to your recruiter. You can further strengthen the relationship by recommending other talented legal support professionals who might also be in the market for a new job.
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