Category Archives: alumni

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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2nd Week of Work: 4 ways to sync with support staff

If this is your first grown-up job, almost every support staff person knows more than you. You may know more about some abstract points of law, but they know: Where the courthouses are and how to submit documents on time … Continue reading

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Cover Letters: critical tools for an alternative career search

Best cover letters The best cover letters are door openers. They should show that you understand the job for which you are applying, know some current problems in the industry, understand problems specific to the business (two different things), and … Continue reading

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Best tips for recruiting recommenders

Writing letters of recommendation is either a joy or a chore. If you lay the right groundwork, recommending you can be a pleasure. Follow the Best Tips for finding recommenders to make this process work for both of you. Do … Continue reading

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8 rules for phone or Skype interviews

Your chances of being interviewed by phone and Skype before you have a face-to-face interview are getting better by the day. Be prepared for both of these interview settings.   Get dressed. Put on shoes that tie so that you … Continue reading

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Going to work: finding and taking criticism

When my career began to focus on the school-to-work transition, my eloquent friend, the writer Michael Dolan, offer this advice: “You know that you’re doing ok if they’re not yelling at you.” Evaluations: when and where? How, then, would you … Continue reading

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Interview Practice Protocol

Interview practice protocol   Whether practicing on your own or practicing with friends and colleagues, a Practice Protocol checklist will help you cover your bases and succeed in your interviews.   1.       Handshake: firm, neither fishlike nor crusher 2.       Personal presentation           Suit: pressed; … Continue reading

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Al Coleman’s Secrets to Success: a must read for first-gen professionals

Al Coleman, Jr. Pave the Rocky Road to Success For first-generation professionals, the road to success can appear either rocky or barely visible. Without personal contacts and mentors, first-gen professionals can stumble and fail to achieve even the slightest bit of … Continue reading

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Legal Alternative Career Roadblock: people hate lawyers

Among the roadblocks for lawyers interviewing for jobs without the title lawyer is the fact that lots of people hate lawyers, and all of the Jerk Lawyers that the individuals on the hiring committee have ever dealt with are sitting … Continue reading

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Repair interview skills with practice, not magical thinking

If your interviews generate no offers or if the 20-minute screening interview has never worked for you, it is time to analyze the problem and devise a solution. Is the 20-minute screening interview the problem? Some candidates will blame a single … Continue reading

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