Four Tips on Getting the Most out of Your New Legal Position

Posted by: drosenfeld on April 25, 2014

A legal position is like any other, providing opportunities to be at your best in order to make an impression on colleagues and executives. Knowing this, it’s important to incorporate methods used by standouts in every industry to ensure success in your new job. We’ve compiled four of the best strategies to execute in your new occupation, offering tools to get you noticed in the workplace.

Find a Mentor

Joining as a new member of a legal team can be a harrowing process. The adjustments made through a professional transition sometimes produce feelings of task inadequacy and fears of not integrating well with other coworkers. During this period, it’s crucial to find a mentor to form an attachment with. Preferably, choose someone who is well-respected in the firm, knows about the company culture, ongoing projects, and naturally wants to share his expertise with new hires.

By showing interest in a prospective mentor, you are communicating a message of admiration and valuing their contribution to the company. Accordingly, they may disclose organizational insight and legal experience that could take years to accumulate on your own.

Volunteer for Tough Projects

There is sometimes work or clients that others in a firm want to avoid. Executives often search for personnel who are not only willing to take on these projects, but do so with an opportunistic approach. Lending a hand on challenging tasks not only singles you out as someone who’s dependable, it can create future prospects that move you up in the organization.

Being proactive in the workplace earns you a great deal of respect from those who matter. A person who waits for task assignments often misses out on opportunities for upward mobility in their career. Enjoy the experience of taking on tough projects, using it as a tool to impress your colleagues and superiors.

Know the Work

The mistake of not knowing the areas being practiced in a firm is often discovered during the hiring process. However, even newly-hired employees can receive projects of a demanding skill gradient, and reveal deficiencies in education that necessitate further training. Coming into a position after having meticulously established a firm’s core areas of expertise, and brushing up on your own abilities as well, saves time getting you up to speed on the process.

Some ways to get prepared:

Drop in on the company website

Look for objectives and practice areas

Research specific areas of weakness

Visit company social sites (i.e. LinkedIn)

Make connections with new colleagues

Send an introductory message

Set aside time for education review sessions

Surpass Expectations

Meeting expectations is one thing, but going beyond the call of duty is wholly another. You can apply this to every aspect of your new legal position, from your manner of dress to how well you perform on the job. Be someone who addresses their work with enthusiasm, proficiency and attention to detail. Showing leadership abilities early on can give you considerable opportunities down the road.

Self-sufficiency is a valuable asset at the workplace. Yet, you want to remain teachable in a work environment, looking for ways to establish a rapport with associates. Meet every given expectation and then seek out ways to shine as a new employee. Your employer will certainly take notice and may reward you for the effort.