Most jobs are found through relationships. Most positions are never posted. Further, the least effective search techniques regardless of where you are job hunting are cold calling and mass mailing. Unfortunately, if you have no connections to the area, these methods may be all you have. So, here are some tips to help make them more effective, such as researching employers and area (i.e., becoming a native) and making networking trips.
Learn as much as you can about the city/state and the job market
What to know: Economy, politics, major employers, other considerations such as geography of a particular city.
How to find it: City specific web resources, local newspapers, business journals, local bar associations, networking.
If you are a native of your targeted area, take advantage of home visits and connections as soon as you can, even if you don’t plan to move until after graduation. If you plan to be in area, line up informational interviews before you arrive. If you have no plans to be in area, you might want to make plans just wait to buy your plane ticket after you’ve lined up a few meetings)
Essential pieces of informational interview:
Send letters or email telling employers specific dates you will be in the city, follow up with phone call to confirm meeting and THEN buy plane ticket AFTER you have lined up a few for time period.
Include the following in all letters to potential out of town employers (failing to include any one of these can result in getting your letter and resume thrown in the garbage):
Consider joining the American Bar Association (ABA) or state bar association Young Lawyers section in your dream city. This is a great way to establishing a networking base in another city while job hunting or studying for the bar. Some states, such as Wisconsin, allow you to join the state bar as a student for FREE if you plan to move there after graduation.
Other networking resources include:
If you want to move, these options can help but they can’t be your only job search method.
Don't forget! You will need to check to find out the bar exam requirements for other states at: http://www.ncbex.org/