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It's Never Too Early To Raise Your Profile As A Lawyer

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.

Positioning Yourself to Get the Job

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.

How to Enhance Your Chances for a Successful Job Search Even in a Difficult Economy

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.

New Approaches to Getting a Law Firm Job

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.

10 Tips for Beginning a Successful Legal Career

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.

10 Dating Rules That Can Also Help You in a Job Interview

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!

"Professor Wants Law Students to Think Before They Tweet"

Karen Sloan recently interviewed Drake University Law School professor Melissa Weresh for The National Law Journal (October 21, 2009) to discuss her efforts to encourage law students and young attorneys to be more deliberate in their electronic communications and to think about the ethical problems that can arise from new technology.   Read the article to hear Professor Weresh’s thoughts on the topic.

Has the recession forever changed large law firms & what does that mean for law students?

The “State of the Legal Markets” program series offered in September featured speakers discussing the changing legal job market, in large firms, small firms and in-house at corporations.  An article recently published in The American Lawyer offers an interesting discussion of this very topic as it raises the question, “Has the recession forever changed large law firms?  And if so, where does that leave law students?” Check out the article by Tamara Loomis online.

Using Informational Interviews to Help Your Job Search

Many of the Career Services programs this semester have emphasized the value of informational interviews in a job search.  They can be a valuable source of information about a practice area/career path or the job market in a given geographic area.  An article posted on Law.com today offers practical advice for those who wish to conduct informational interviews.  Read the article to find out why they are important, what you should ask, how to arrange them and how to prepare.

Law Students Face New Responsibilities in Career Building

In the September 23rd issue of the National Law Journal, author Ari L. Kaplan notes that a transformation at law schools and firms is altering the nature of careers in the profession.  He makes the case that self-reflection is essential in an era where employers are looking for an individual who already holds the foundation for many of the qualities that they are expecting a few years in the future.  Read his full article.