- 41 easily digestible pages, cover to cover
- Over 9,000 words, including quotes from interviews of
over 150 supervising attorneys, hiring attorneys, legal recruiters, and more
- 19 sample requests for references and other communications with references, reference pages, and letters of recommendation
Did you know…
- 75 to 95% of employers conduct reference checks before hiring?
- ~60% of reference checks reveal inconsistencies?
- 20+% of job candidates are eliminated from consideration because of reference checks?
Hiring a new lawyer or a law student is an investment for an employer. There are heavy costs associated with every hire. Writing and placing job ads, shifting through hundreds or thousands of resumes and applications, conducting interviews, paying legal recruiters fees… these are all expenses associated with hiring. But there are other expenses as well—your salary and benefits, providing you with necessary tools and support staff, training you, and more. When your prospective employers call your references, they are trying to make sure that you’re worthy of their significant investment—an investment that can take up to three years to pay off!
Your references must confirm to the hiring attorneys or hiring director that you’ll be a great hire—in other words, that you can and will do the work the new employer needs you to do, you’ll fit in and prosper, and you’ll stay in the position long enough for their investment in you to pay off.
Lawyers, particularly junior lawyers, and law students frequently underestimate the critical importance of securing strong, enthusiastic references and letters and recommendation. Ms. Bryce’s easy-to-read guide is both compact and thorough–she adroitly walks you through each step of this often overlooked process. A must read for anyone starting, or thinking about starting, a job search. ~ Former BigLaw Partner
Turn Job Interviews Into Job Offers
“Reference Checks, Reference Pages, And Letters Of Recommendation” is a concise book that explains how to:
- Choose top-notch references who will help you land job offers: Read quotes from actual hiring attorneys, who explain why they conduct reference checks and what they want to hear from your references before they give you an offer.
- Prepare effective and informative reference pages: Move away from the standard list of names and phone numbers, to create an reference dossier that gives context to your references, thereby saving time for prospective employers while also promoting the quality of your references; and
- Get outstanding reference letters: Learn how and when to ask for reference letters, as well as how to ensure those letters say what you need them to say to get you to the next step in your career. And keep those letters in your career development file so you can use in your job search now, or years from now.
“Reference Checks, References Pages, And Letters Of Recommendations” also contains sample reference pages and letters of reference illustrating critical principles.