Tag Archives: 2nd career law students

Managers & Staff: Ask for what you want

A cheeky TechRepublic blog post, Is Your Boss an Idiot? reminded me again that communication — or lack there of — is one of the great pitfalls of going to work. More important, though, is that telepathy is neither a … 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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Asking for a Drink: the right way

Career services professionals generally agree that the most embarrassing stories from the worlds of recruiting and work revolve around alcohol. One way to avoid becoming the star of a Famous Career Adviser Story comes from the Always Correct Culture and Manners Institute‘s Etiquette … 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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Resumes and cover letters are not all about you

Not your biography. Imagining that these documents should have you as their sole focus shows a gross misunderstanding of the hiring process. They may be your forum and appear to be about you, but if you treat them as straightforward … Continue reading

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4 exam tips and 4 winter break guidelines

Assuming the quality of your outlines and the depth of your studying, four exam tips will take you through your finals: Get enough sleep.  No one writes eloquently on two hours of sleep. Get some exercise. Opening the door for … Continue reading

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Alternative Career Search Step 4: Patience

Expect a barbecue-like long and slow process, not a ramen noodles quick-fix career shift because of three unalterable truths: 1. There is no Alternative Careers Monster Board because an alternative career for a lawyer is a traditional career for someone … Continue reading

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Purposeful and serendipitous networking: Step 3 in an alternative career search

Combining research and smart networking to learn about potential career paths can create powerful momentum. Purposeful (in person): After you know a little bit about an industry and have your four questions (Step 2) in hand, go to a professional … Continue reading

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Self-Assessment: Step 1 in an alternative career search

  You, and only you, can decide what you want to do with your life. The minute you decide that you are ready for a change, you will ask Where are the jobs? STOP. Self-assessment is the most important part … Continue reading

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