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"The most common means of obtaining a job was a letter or other "self-initiated contact" with the employer..."
- NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF LAW PLACEMENT
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8. I know what it takes to get a good legal job and do not need anyone else's assistance.
This reminds us of one of our employees, who was having a problem with his old Mercedes diesel car recently that, for whatever reason, he refuses to get rid of. The engine was running really rough and so he went to an auto parts store with the idea that he could fix the car himself. He saw something that was in a can and claimed it would make his engine run smoother if he put it into the engine. Now he spent a lot of time reading that can and decided that the problems it claimed it could solve were exactly what he car needed. He poured the contents into the engine and drove the car for a week and there was no improvement.

The next thing he did was go to the neighborhood gas station where the mechanics worked on cars frequently but knew very little about diesels. He went to the mechanic because they had fixed his wife's car and she told him that she believed the mechanics were "nice". The mechanics worked on his car for two days and when he got the car back, $400 later, it ran a bit smoother - but not much. The mechanic told him they had done the best they could but that it was an old car and he should just get a new one.

After a few days the problem was even worse than when he had first taken it to the mechanic. He then drove the car to a Mercedes dealership. After five minutes with the mechanic, he was told that a small part that cost $3.00 had come loose from the engine. The mechanic produced a screwdriver and tightened up the part and there was no charge. The car had not run so smooth in years.

What's the moral of the story? Don't you think our employee would have been better off if he had approached an expert from the beginning? This problem is no different from how a lot of people go about finding jobs. They call a recruiter that may have 5 jobs matching their interests, they search job-posting boards, and they call a few friends. These tactics cannot compete with Legal Authority, since we can track down every employer in any area of the United States instantly. Our business is getting people the market exposure to get more interviews and more job offers. It is what we do. You can try the solution in a can, but if you want your career to run smoothly, come to the experts.

9. Can Legal Authority help me even if I have been working and searching for a job for a long time?
Yes. We can help people are still in law school, and we can help law firm partners or General Counsel who have been practicing for more than 25 years. Our employment advocates will work with you to tailor your job search for your specific needs and experience.

10. What do I do after I send out my resumes and cover letters?
Once the mailing is out, remember - you are still a Legal Authority client. We are here to help you throughout your career. Your Employment Advocate will be assigned to you to answer all questions or concerns about the interviewing process or starting your new job, and we're always happy to hear about your successes. If you decide you need to expand your initial search, we will be here to assist with that as well. The more employers you approach, the more likely you will receive interviews, and the more choices you will have.

11. Will I be successful if I don't follow your job search recommendations?
We have seen many clients succeed, and we have seen a few fail. Those who have failed are generally those who did not follow our recommendations. If you are going to get interviews, you will be much better served by conducting an expansive search rather than a narrow search. Nevertheless, a narrow search is an effective method in some circumstances, and we will always recommend it in those particular circumstances. When we make recommendations about your career potential, the only factor we consider is the chance of your success. If you are successful, then we are successful. If you are happy, we are happy.

12. Will Legal Authority counsel me on my resume and cover letter?
Yes. Legal Authority provides a free resume and cover letter critique and market evaluation. In order for you to get interviews, your resume and cover letter need to be stellar. Most employers will glance at your resume for less than ten seconds and will not spend more than a minute with your cover letter. Our employment advocates will spend time with you reviewing your resume and cover letter, and they will do their best to ensure that even if you decide not to use our services, every letter and resume that you send out will be tailored to meet the high standards set by employers.

13. How does Legal Authority stay current on its data?
We make thousands of inquiries a month to ensure our data is as perfect as possible. We get our data from hundreds of sources and are constantly updating it seven days a week. Since our database undergoes numerous changes each day, we are able to maintain very current contact information. Nevertheless, companies go out of business, public interest organizations lose funding, district attorneys retire, businesses change addresses and so forth. Any targeted mailing will potentially result in some returned letters. If any of your letters are returned, we will reissue you corrected letters or, if that proves impossible, we will gladly offer a refund for those returned letters.

14. Who are the letters addressed to?
If possible, we provide letters addressed to the person in charge of hiring-whether it is the hiring partner, president, or CEO, for example. When we do this, the letter and resume is often forwarded to an HR department and you can rest assured that HR will pay attention to something forwarded from the Hiring Partner or President, for example. In some situations, the name of the Hiring Partner, CEO, or President is transitory or unclear, and the letters will be addressed directly to the Human Resources Department Head or Hiring Department Head.

15. Should I mail my letters all at once or over a period of days or weeks?
You need to remember that your job search is very similar to an auction. Why would you want to conduct an auction over a period of weeks or months when you could start the process in one day? You will be much better off having all of your options on the table at one time rather than over a period of months.

16. Is there a risk in using Legal Authority?
We cannot promise that you will get a single interview, but we will try our hardest to secure your success in the job search. The National Association of Law Placement has stated many times that self-initiated targeted mailing has proven to be the most successful method for finding a job, well above online job boards, on-campus interviewing, and other methods. Your chances of getting interviews with an expansive, targeted mailing are high, but there are no guarantees in life.

17. What if I want to be in a specific area of the country? Can Legal Authority help me?
People who call us are often extremely surprised by how many legal positions there are in any given area. If we asked you how many legal employers there were in Delaware, would you guess that we could send your resumes to more than 350? When you consider that Martindale Hubble only lists 69 Delaware law firms with more than 10 attorneys, this means that we have FIVE TIMES the number of employers!

18. What is the most important thing to remember about Legal Authority?
Finding a job is no easy task. One major mistake is under-marketing yourself. At Legal Authority, we help you expand the market for your career to its maximum potential, and we stick by you through the whole process until you are satisfied.

19. After I place an order, can I cancel if I get a job?
Legal Authority can only accept cancellations for orders that have been placed within the last 24 hours. We are creating a customized product for you, and after this point, we begin preparing all of the data for printing. This involves several people taking the time to go line by line through your data, weeding out data that has become obsolete, cleaning, editing and proofreading the contact information, and preparing the file for merging. This allows us to make sure that we can print everything and get your letters to you as soon as possible after approval.

We understand that events in your life like getting a job, failing the Bar Exam, or other events may create a need to suspend our service. With that in mind, if you cancel within 24 hours of placing the order, we can give a refund for the total amount paid, less $200. After 24 hours, we will gladly provide a credit that can be applied to your job search any time in the future.

If you need to cancel your account, you must make a request in writing (email is okay). Any oral communication cannot be considered.

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