George W. Bush was a “C” student and John Kerry got several “D”s at Yale. Yet, they each managed to secure employment and succeed in their careers. The key is networking and you need to start now. It can take years to cultivate relationships that will pay off. The majority of people do not obtain post-graduate employment by participating in OCI or responding to job postings. Furthermore, few attorneys advertise jobs for new grads. They hire through referrals from other attorneys. Here’s an easy way to start networking. Ask your neighbors, doctors, ministers, and rabbis for the contact information of lawyers they know. Call their contacts and ask to meet with them for 15 minutes to learn about their careers and practice areas. Stay in touch with them so they don’t forget you. If you are shy: Get. Over. It. Now.