Tom Leatherbury, co-head of the appellate practice group at Vinson & Elkins (Dallas) and the chairman of the firm’s talent management committee, recently wrote an article on “How to Get a Job” in Texas Lawyer (May 20, 2013).

As law school graduations bring three years of study to a close, some graduates are still trying to find work. For those who didn’t land a position during on-campus interviews, it’s time to map out a pragmatic plan for a successful job search.

Rather than a scattershot approach, a successful job search requires serious focus. There are far more effective ways to tackle a job search in today’s market than email-blasting résumés to law firms and corporations. Emailing a résumé to strangers rarely yields positive results.

Instead, the savvy job seeker will treat the search for employment like a full-time job, filling each day with thoughtful actions designed to achieve well-considered career goals. A law school graduate who needs to take a nonlegal job to pay the bills still should prioritize the legal job search.

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