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Show Off Your 'Emotional Intelligence' During the Legal Recruiting Process

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.

Discover the PATH to Becoming a Public Defender

Public Defender Advocacy, Training & Hiring Conference (PATH) will take place at Georgetown University Law Center on Saturday, July 31, 2010 from 8:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Immediately following the conference, there will be a networking happy hour at a local venue.

PATH is designed to provide law students considering or planning careers in indigent criminal defense representation information and guidance about how public defender offices hire, train and provide advocacy to indigent defendants. You have the opportunity to choose from 12 sessions on the different PATH tracks, all of which are calculated to help you understand what it means to be a public defender. No registration fee. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE – If interested, register ASAP!

Stay Safe (and Private) on Facebook

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“.

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.

Law Student Writing Competitions help you stand out

Looking for a way to build your resume and help you to stand out in an increasingly competitive job market?  Seek out opportunities to be published!  Law student writing competitions are a great way to do this.  Below are details about a competition currently underway with the National Law Review. Continue reading »

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.

LexisNexis Job Search Webinar

Lexis is offering a webinar on Monday, November 9 from 3-4:00 pm entitled “Getting the Job: Using LexisNexis to Secure Employment”.  You will learn how to use the professional networking, job finding and interview preparation resources available to you through LexisNexis® and Martindale-Hubbell.  Register online.