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How to Crush Your Law Firm Interview

Construct an eye-catching resume

Your resume is what sells you and what gets you the interview you have been waiting for. Avoid vague and generic language and instead, make sure it showcases you’re experienced, skilled, and well-suited for the job. Stay away from random hobbies and interests that will make you stand out in a bad way and have no relevance to the job you’re applying for. Lastly, your references must be credible (they will check them), make sure to bring plenty of copies with you, and keep it free from mechanical errors.

Inform Yourself

It is imperative to familiarize yourself with their law firm prior to going to your interview in order for them to know that you’ve done your research. Know any major events that have taken place throughout the course of the company’s history. For example, has the company ever faced turmoil with their business? Are they growing financially or staying stagnant? What’s the turnover like? What is their environment and culture like? Also, be sure to read the bios of the staff along with anyone interviewing you.

Understand the job description

Not only do you want to familiarize yourself with the company and their staff, but also be sure to get acquainted with the role that you’re applying for.  This involves taking the time to research the job position along with developing an understanding of what the law firm is looking for if they are to hire you. That way when you’re asked questions, you can tailor your answers to what the role entails.

Don’t forget to ask questions

In order to leave your interview on a great note, be assertive and let them know you want the job. Be sure to ask them at least two questions about the business and/or the position— it will make a huge impact. Doing this will not only demonstrate how serious you are about working for this firm, but it will show your excitement to excel in the position, and that you genuinely care about getting the job!

4 Social Media Marketing Tips to Watch in 2018

  1. The Rise of Micro-Influencers

In this digital-based era, word-of-mouth via social media is one of the most powerful ways to attract attention to your brand. In fact, eighty-eight percent of people trust online reviews written by other consumers as much as they trust recommendations from personal contacts. Make sure to utilize online word-of-mouth and encourage your clients to spread the word about your business.

 

  1. The Focus on Generation Z

Gen Z are more inclined and likely to be on social media platforms than even millennials are. With this in mind, Gen Z will be the biggest group you will want to market to in terms of numbers and actual potential growth. Research which social media platforms are most popular among these young people and create relevant and original content that will grab their attention. Younger generations are very image and video-centric in today’s social media age, so keep this in mind when you’re creating digital content and trying to reach your target audience.

 

  1. Brands’ Use of Messaging Platforms

More brands are starting to use messaging systems to create a personal connection with their audience and potential consumers. By doing this, brands create trust online by showing their audience that they are individually listened to and that each of their opinions are heard and noted. Don’t just reach out after feedback is given. Try to be proactive and reach out to loyal followers to show they are appreciated by your brand.

 

  1. Impact of Call-Out Culture

Social media has given online users the power to call out brands. This can be used in favor of your brand or against it. Forty-six percent of online users have called out a brand online. Fifty-five percent of these people call out a brand to get a response or to solve a problem, and of these, thirty-five percent said they would never buy a product from that brand again if they didn’t get a direct response. Try to resolve issues over direct messages since each incident will be different from the next and last.

How to Market Your Practice in 2018

Create a blog.

Assuming that you already have a website, which you should, starting a daily or weekly blog on your webpage can add a personal tone to your site, as well as show that your site and business are still current. Instead of writing lengthy paragraphs and stories like you are probably more used to in your field, keep your content short, sweet, and original. This will keep your audience interested and engaged. Posting daily will make your site more relevant and get you higher results on Google and SEO optimization.

Have an accessible meeting place and easy contact information.

It can be confusing and frustrating for clients who can’t find your contact information or your office. You should have a Make sure that your office is local, central, and easy for your clients or potential prospects to find. In addition, you should ensure that there is a sufficient amount of parking available for your guests. You want to avoid clients thinking it’s a hassle to reach you, which can drive away business.

Send referrals often.

As you know, the business of law can get hectic, demanding and overwhelming. Sometimes, you can get bombarded with people who require assistance that goes beyond the scope of what you specialize in. Try your best to help as many clients in your specialized field of law. For the clients who will take more of your time or whose cases go beyond the scope of your expertise, you can send referrals to lawyers who you know would be best suited to help them in the least amount of time. This will show you have the client’s best interest at heart and increase their trust in you as a lawyer. Plus, this is a great way to network and get more clients referred to you in return.

Keep up with current events.

There is nothing more vital than staying up-to-date with your local news and news within your specific profession. Remaining in touch with what is happening around you means that you have an advantage over your local competition because your work will stay consistent with current laws. This will also help you properly assess any current legal needs and counsel people might come to you for.

5 Ways to Tighten Up Your Media Relations

Spring is a time for rebirth, new beginnings and a fresh start. As a PR professional, this can also apply to your work and the relationships you make and help to blossom. There are some key steps that the best PR pros use to improve their relationships with clients and journalists and improve their chances of success.

  1. Do more research.

One of your jobs as a PR professional is to find data to back up what you are communicating. You must yourself fully understand the topic you’re writing about to communicate your intended message. Use data and find evidence to support your claims and to better convey your message to your audience.

  1. Get to know your clients.

In this digital era, communication is now a two-way stream. You must treat each client like a unique individual with a unique story to tell. Better targeting equals greater success in the PR world today. There are online tools you can use that can help target the best journalists to pitch your stories to. This will increase your odds of getting your story written and help your business to be more time efficient.

  1. Spend more time perfecting your writing.

Whether you’re dealing with events or crisis management in the PR world, many times, time is of the essence. You’re always going to want to try to get things finished as soon as you can. However, don’t forget that quality and correctness are just as, if not more so, important. Find the steady medium between quality and time management and work on improving your editing skills so you can perfect your work in less time.

  1. Don’t forget to follow up.

Show you are a proactive and reactive PR professional by following up with the people you are working with. Most journalists appreciate PR professionals reaching out. However, don’t call multiple times before giving them a chance to call you back. Remember, they have a time frame they need to work with, too.

  1. Consider pitching to new clients.

If you’ve already spent time reaching out to a journalist that hasn’t replied yet, try pitching to someone new. A journalist could just be too busy to reply to you that your story isn’t in their realm at the moment. Try pitching to other journalists who cover similar topics so you can get your story pitch read by the most pairs of eyes possible.

Join our Team as an Intern Account Coordinator!

Heying & Associates, one of San Diego’s most dynamic “boutique” PR/marketing agencies, is seeking a talented Intern Public Relations Account Coordinator.  We offer a people-oriented, team environment and mission driven accounts. Solid writing skills are a must as is an interest in legal/education/corporate/non-profit and professional services industries. We are looking for a team member who has excellent time management skills, enjoys a fast paced, professional yet fun working environment, and is eager to learn.

 

The Intern Account Coordinator reports directly to the President and Account Executive of the agency.  Internships are unpaid, however, applicants are encouraged to enroll in your school’s internship program for- credit. Those who are not enrolled will receive a stipend to cover gas and mileage. Occasionally paid positions become available and interns who perform at the highest level are automatically considered for those openings.

 

If you’re ready to start, send your cover letter and resume to Angelica Winns at awinns@heying.com. Please no phone calls, we’re busy working with our clients!

 

3 Guidelines to Keep Crises at Bay

Crisis management comes with the territory of being a public relations professional. Part of your job is being the other end of a phone call when a crisis arises with one of your clients. There are some specific steps that the best PR professionals take that ensure you handle these situations in the most effective way possible.

  1. Take immediate and responsible action.

Your timeline goes out the window in times of peril. As a PR professional you need to be able to think on your feet and think of how to handle a situation that’s thrown at you on the fly. Take a step back and think about the long-term effects of how each approach could potentially reach the audience. It will help to think ahead and look at the best way to address the crisis while preserving the brand’s image and reputation.

  1. Don’t try to cover anything up.

Once a crisis arises, the worst thing a PR pro can do is to try to sweep it under the rug. You must remember that more people will know about the incident than you may think, and it’s easier to catch word of the crisis than to hear the responding action or statement. Address not just your entire audience but the public at large and own up to what happened. Give a reasonable explanation to avoid any more injury to your client’s name or reputation.

  1. Consider who would be the best spokesperson.

During crisis management, you need to think about the person best suited to represent the brand in a time of peril. It’s not always who you may think – CEOs or presidents. Nothing is worse in a time of brand crisis than an apology or explanation that seems disingenuous. Find someone who is trustworthy, reliable and personable to portray the message on behalf of the brand. This person needs to read as genuine to an audience so that the audience takes the message sincerely and wholeheartedly.