Posted: July 23rd, 2010
In the July 20th issue of the New York Law Journal, Alison Bernard and Niki Kopsidas discuss a concept that is getting more and more attention from legal employers – “Emotional Intelligence”. In a tight job market, legal employers are looking for ways to determine which candidates will not only excel in the academic practice of law, but who also possess the “soft skills” necessary to build strong client relationships. Read their article to learn more about “EI”, and how students can demonstrate it in the interview process and develop it while in law school.
Posted: July 14th, 2010
Building and maintaining a positive public image is very important for young lawyers. In the July 14th issue of the New York Law Journal, consultants Michelle Samuels and Shannon K. Stevens offered great tips to help attorneys get started on the right path. Read their article.
Posted: July 9th, 2010
On July 6th The American Lawyer reported on the latest legal sector employment figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Full article copied below: Continue reading »
Posted: May 20th, 2010
In recent years it has become commonplace for legal employers to google job candidates and check out their online social media presence. As job-seekers, students should take care to monitor their online reputation. But even after graduation, lawyers must continue this vigilance and take care to present a professional image both in person and online. For Facebook users, here is a helpful article from The New York Times on “5 Steps to Stay Safe (and Private) on Facebook“.
Posted: May 17th, 2010
Young lawyers oftentimes feel they don’t have time for “networking, raising their profile and creating a personal brand”, but in an article today in The Legal Intelligencer Debra L. Bruce notes that these activities “can help you keep your job, get a new job and develop business.” Read her article to find out why you should strive to be more visible in the community and get some great examples of methods that work.
Posted: January 8th, 2010
The January 4, 2010 issue of the Winston-Salem Journal featured an article highlighting the importance of feedback in the job search process. The following useful ”job-hunting strategies” were also provided:
• Ask friends or acquaintances who manage and hire people to offer constructive criticism of your cover letter and resume.
• Ask those same friends to do a practice interview with you, providing “tough love” feedback.
• Apply immediately — with a tailored cover letter and resume – to attractive jobs; search for friends and colleagues who could act as referrals within the organization.
• Be selective about sending resumes rather than scatter-shooting.
• Be specific about the type of work and organizations that you find most interesting.
• Plan to network 80 percent of the time and use the Internet 20 percent.
• Be willing to explore opportunities outside your profession that match up with your job skills.
• Examine your real financial needs so as to be more open to opportunities that may pay less than what you want.
• Be willing to take a lower-paying job if it can serve as a steppingstone to another job inside or outside the company.
• Stay with your current job, rather than job searching full time, since many employers are more attracted to applicants who are employed.
Read the full article here.
Posted: December 15th, 2009
In the December 15 issue of The Legal Intelligencer, Alyssa Dragnich suggests concrete actions law graduates can take to enhance their chances for a successful job search even in a difficult economy. Although her article is directed towards recent law graduates, her advice is applicable to any law student or graduate seeking employment. Read her article.
Posted: November 30th, 2009
In the November 25th issue of The National Law Journal, Steven Bennett, a partner in the New York City offices of Jones Day, offers suggestions to help job-seekers “adapt to the new recruitment practices” of law firms brought on by the economic downturn. Read the article to get his tips.
Posted: November 13th, 2009
The Young Lawyer Editorial Board for The Legal Intelligencer published a great article yesterday offering advice to new attorneys. Read the article to get some great professional development tips, useful both to recent graduates and to students as they work over the summer and prepare for future legal careers.
Posted: November 2nd, 2009
Diana Rubin, Managing Director in Major, Lindsey & Africa’s D.C. office, wrote an entertaining article last month offering tips for interview success. She suggests that the rules for succeeding in the dating world and in the job market are more similar than you might think. Read her article to find out how!