SSQ regularly sponsors and attends legal job fairs to showcase our varied roles and expertise through our relationships with well-known universities. They are a great way for graduates to find out more about a range of opportunities but what else should those graduates be doing to maximise their chances of securing a job? Betty Chen, an experienced recruiter with SSQ, explores what other options are available and how best to use the fairs.
A number of graduates from mainland China studying for their LL.M abroad come to SSQ for advice on finding a job, often having attended the New York Job Fair in the spring. Most of these graduates struggle to find work through these events and want to know if there is a better solution or avenue to secure job opportunities.
As an example, The New York Job Fair is held at a New York University every spring for LL.M students. The event is a great starting point for students who wish to have a snapshot of various firms, roles and to seek advice regarding how to embark on their new career. Many well-known universities offer these job fairs across the year, and going to them can be a great first step towards finding a position but it should be recognised that unless you are very lucky they are unlikely to deliver a job. Why is this? Well, you have to bear in mind some of the following limitations:
So what else can students do to grow their network and find a job?
So while graduate job fairs are a really useful tool to help you explore your options, not only giving you the opportunity to see what firms can offer you but also to start connecting with people in your industry and expand your network, they are not likely to produce a direct result. You will need to use the information you gather at these fairs to inform your decisions about how to progress your career and help you at interview but you should bear in mind that there are more likely ways to find a job.
If you want to explore legal job opportunities in China and want to discuss the graduate market, please contact our consultant Betty Chen at [email protected].