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How Do You Best Network With Firm Partners, and How Should You Drive the Conversation if You Get an Informal Network Chat?


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If you’re contacting partners inside of law firms, you need to note two points. Firstly, you don't know them, and secondly, they're going to be fairly busy. So the best way of doing that is setting up an informal informational interview and chat. There are certain people who are very good at that. And that's something we'll cover in our networking post.

The main way you can do that is to start the conversation by asking them about their job. Ask them what they do. Get them talking about themselves. One of the biggest secrets that can take years for people to learn is that people love talking about themselves. And something that I noticed in my career is that a lot of the smartest people will often be the very best at asking questions and listing all the information. Then they get things done because they will know everything. I think that's a very important thing. So, you need to make sure that you get people to talk about themselves. And if you get them to talk about themselves, at some point in the conversation, they're going to want to ask about you.

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Harrison Barnes is the founder of BCG Attorney Search and a successful legal recruiter. His most recent contribution to the legal community is Outplacement Attorney Resources (, which directly teaches attorneys and law students the best ways to find legal jobs. Harrison is extremely committed to and passionate about the profession of legal placement. His firm BCG Attorney Search has placed thousands of attorneys. BCG Attorney Search works with attorneys to dramatically improve their careers by leaving no stone unturned in job searches and bringing out the very best in them. Harrison has placed the leaders of the nation’s top law firms, and countless associates who have gone on to lead the nation’s top law firms. There are very few firms Harrison has not made placements with. Harrison’s writings about attorney careers and placements attract millions of reads each year. He coaches and consults with law firms about how to dramatically improve their recruiting and retention efforts. His company LawCrossing has been ranked on the Inc. 500 twice. For more information, please visit Harrison Barnes’ bio.

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