How to Stand Out as a Candidate at the 2021 Conference and Career Fair

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By Kirsten Fruit, senior program manager at Equal Justice Works

This fall, Equal Justice Works will host its annual Conference and Career Fair virtually from October 21-23, 2021.

The Equal Justice Works Conference and Career Fair is the largest national public interest legal career fair, bringing together hundreds of law students, recent graduates, public interest employers, and law school professionals from across the United States and its territories to participate in prescheduled interviews, attend substantive conference sessions and workshops, and network with peers and colleagues.

Registration for law students and recent graduates is now open! This is an excellent opportunity to build your public interest network and secure either full-time, part-time, or an internship position. Here are some tips and tricks to help you stand out as a candidate at this year’s event:

  • Apply to Multiple Positions. We recommend applying to several positions to increase your chances of being selected for an interview. All interviews will take place virtually throughout the three days of the event—view our registered employers here.
  • Read the Job Posting(s) Carefully. Make sure you read and understand each job posting before applying to ensure that your qualifications and experience are a good match for the role. Meeting all the requirements is not necessary; however, make sure you meet the essential ones before submitting your application.
  • Customize Your Application Materials. It is important to demonstrate that you have done your research on each employer by targeting your application to the job(s) you are applying for. If possible, align your work experience and skills with what is listed in the job description. This is your opportunity to make a great first impression.
  • Check for Spelling and Grammar Mistakes. Read through your application materials multiple times to check for spelling and/or grammatical errors. If time allows, we recommend having a friend, family member, or career counselor proofread your materials before submitting.
  • Polish Your Social Media Accounts. Many hiring managers and recruiters review candidates’ social media accounts, so make sure your public accounts are presentable. With LinkedIn in particular, make sure that there are no inconsistencies between your résumé and your LinkedIn profile.

Visit here to learn more and register for the 2021 Conference and Career. If you have any questions about the event, feel free to reach out to [email protected].

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