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6 steps to jump-start a spring job search

The beginning of Spring Semester is the right time to jump-start your job search. Here are six steps to help you begin. 1. Check your toolbox. Critical tools for a 21st century job search are: Electronic and paper resume. Have at least … Continue reading

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Follow Instructions: The Best Final Exam Tip

A single law school exams at the end of each semester is the ultimate high-stakes exam.  The best final exam tip is to Follow Instructions. Final exam questions range from apparently straightforward to flagrantly distracting with with roadblocks, potholes, and … 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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Interview question: What does it take to fail?

One of my all-time favorite questions for candidates to ask is “What does it take to fail?” It is unexpected, and requires interviewers to stop and think. It cuts right past the blather about “excellent writing skills, superb communication skills, … Continue reading

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Cover letter tips: ignore the format at your peril

A first-class cover letter requires laser-like focus on how an applicant’s skills might mesh with the needs of a prospective employer. It is the first writing sample and the first chance to create a bad impression. Sadly, career services and … 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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Telepathy is not a resume builder

Telepathy is not a resume builder. When drafting resumes and cover letters, you must share information about yourself that will be useful to a prospective employer. How do you know what an employer wants to know? What does the employer … Continue reading

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6 Tips for a Spring Job Search

Spring is a good time to jump start a job search.    You have (I hope) kept good records of the applications that you have made, the results of those applications, including interviews and any feedback that has come your … Continue reading

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Dangerous High Heeled Interview Shoes

The business of law is deeply conservative, and dangerously high heels may bring a swift ending to an otherwise productive interview. When jurors focus on the possibility of a lawyer falling over rather than the quality and force of her … Continue reading

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A cheerleader, a cratered career & Facebook

Recruiting news flash! Hiring decisions made by strangers may be made on the content of your content, as opposed to the content of your character. Just when I thought that everyone knew that Facebook was not a place to display … Continue reading

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