Breaking Into A Smaller Market

Thus, if you are thinking of targeting a smaller market in your job search, it is worth thinking about exactly how the firms will be selective, and what that means for your own chances as a candidate. Having worked with many candidates looking at smaller markets, as well as meeting and talking with the recruiting coordinators from law firms in smaller markets, there are typically three critical factors (beyond the general quality of a candidate's education and experience) that will determine in large part a given candidate's success. I reference certain West Coast markets as examples here, since that is the region I specialize in for the United States, but these factors will be applicable no matter which region you are working in:

1) Do you have local ties?