eDiscovery Careers: Achieving Success as a Non-Attorney in a Law Firm: Make Yourself Well Known, Part 3
May 24, 2012
In the last two blog posts on achieving success, we’ve been covering the topic of “Making Yourself Well Known” – or marketing yourself. The goal is for you to make sure that people in the firm know who you are and how you can help them. The last point I’d like to make regarding making yourself well-known is to know what’s going on in the firm and to get involved. There are a few things you should be doing:
- If you’re not already on the firm’s new-matter distribution list, get on that list. Find out about new cases that are coming into the firm and reach out to the attorneys involved. Remind them about how you can help.
- If you’re not already receiving the firm’s or litigation department’s newsletters, get on the distribution lists. If you know what’s going on in the firm, you can get involved in firm activities.
- ‘Be everywhere’. Attend all the firm events that you can. Eat lunch in the firm’s dining room. Participate in office activities. Invite people in the firm that you know to lunch. Be out and about and be visible. I’m sure you are familiar with the saying “Out of sight, out of mind”. Don’t be either!
People who are well-known in a work environment are more likely to advance than people who aren’t. So you need to continuously promote yourself and what you do. Work towards these goals:
- Everyone in the firm knows who you are.
- Everyone in the firm knows what you do.
- Everyone in the firm knows how you can help them (or help people they know).
- Everyone in the firm knows how they can reach you.
So far we’ve covered finding/making the right environment, knowing your stuff, and making yourself well-known. Next we’re going to cover another key step in achieving success, and that is making yourself critical. I’ll give you some suggestions for doing so in next week’s post.
So, what do you think? How have you made yourself well known in your firm? Please let us know if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.
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