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About susangainen

Whimsical Wildlife Documentarian. Abstract Painter. Writer. Teacher. Explorer.

4 ways to manage your attention span

 You are the boss of your attention span. You are the boss of your attention span. Yet how you manage when your world is pinging you to read texts, tweets, emails, and Instagrams is a measure of your professionalism. Whether … Continue reading

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10 tips for managing the spring semester

“Spring” is an elastic term in Minnesota, covering a wide range of weather events. The Spring semester is similarly elastic. It goes fast, and requires focused attention. Touch base with your career office, and get started. 1.  Review at your … Continue reading

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Going to law school? Go with a good reason

Stop the presses. Law school enrollment is declining. Law school enrollment has been on a steep decline for years, and anyone who thought that this would change anytime soon has been or remains delusional. Thinking about going to law school? … Continue reading

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Applicants: know the employer’s business and industry

Thank you, Alyson Stanfield, for your post How I Screwed Up My Pitch and What You Can Learn from my Colossal Error. Stanfield, author of Art Biz Insider and one of my favorite books, I’d rather be in the studio! is a longtime … Continue reading

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Office policies — not all in the employee handbook

Most employers won’t deliberately trick you, but there are hundreds of tiny office policies that aren’t in the employee handbook. Office policies Whether you are naming a document or requesting a check for a filing fee, your office has policies … Continue reading

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Smart and delusional job search strategies for 3Ls

3L spring or fall semester job search strategies range from very smart to completely delusional. Ideal: Organized, structured, systematic and not frantic combination of: Self assessment, Targeted networking based on a. well-developed or tentative selection of practice areas or career paths, b. geography, c. friends, … Continue reading

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Ten Tips for Bar Review Season

Take a deep breath. This will all be over soon, and successfully, too, if you follow these ten tips for bar review season. 1.  Make a schedule that reflects your study habits. If you are an 8-hour-a-day study person, don’t … Continue reading

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Six signposts for finding a career path

Not every signpost will be useful for you as you seek to find a career path.   Don’t go looking for either signposts or a path on a map, unless you are willing to create that map.  Unhelpful signposts: distractions … Continue reading

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Hide A Job Search from Your Employer

 Hide Your Job Search from Your Employer on LinkedIn « The 6Ps of the BIG 3™ When you are lucky: no need to hide the job search. When should you hide a job search from your employer? Not when you … Continue reading

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Honey can you type? Technology changes skills required

Mass. Moves to Require Technology Competence for Lawyers · Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites Robert Ambrogi’s LawSites “Honey, can you type?” 1967 When I was in high school, “Honey, can you type?” was a question that girls of all ages were asked … Continue reading

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