Category Archives: Working Smart

First Week of Work: Make the first day count

First impressions are forever. Whether this is your first-ever professional job or one more step on your career path, make the first day count. Meeting people:  Strong handshakes and good eye contact are key. Do your best to begin to … 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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Grant Writing: a skill for all lawyers

Grant writing is a skill for all lawyers. Every lawyer should be adept at this particular kind of persuasive writing for both enlightened self-interest, and for the public good that grants can support.  Whether you work in public, private, or … Continue reading

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There are no unsuccessful experiments…

Whether you are considering a career change, taking on a new project, learning a new language, or otherwise re-arranging your life, you are about to engage in an experiment. Will it turn out just like you planned? If not, how … Continue reading

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Mock Interviews may save the day

For even the best-prepared students, interviews can be stressful and, sadly, fruitless. Before your interview season ends, do a series (one is not enough) of mock interviews with both friends and strangers. What can be polished, should be polished. You … Continue reading

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Working Smart: Lessons for lawyers from IT consultants

10 things I wish I’d known before becoming an IT consultant | TechRepublic Thanks to TechRepublic for showing once again that a lesson IT for one is a lesson for all. Lawyers are not unique in their need to pay attention to … Continue reading

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Working Smart: “No answer” not enough

  Clients solve their easy problems and pay their lawyers to solve tough ones. With life, liberty and/or property on the line, telling a client that there is no answer to her problem is not an option. She certainly won’t pay … Continue reading

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10 tips for daily painters, job seekers & career changers

7 Hippos Marching began my 2012 Image-a-day Project Whether you are a daily painter, a job seeker, career changer or someone trying to write a novel while managing job and career, these 10 tips will help keep you on track. … Continue reading

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