Tag Archives: Alternative Careers

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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Alternative Careers Conversations: Law Schools’ Moral Imperative

Even if there were a JD-required job for every law student and tuition were free, law schools would still have a moral imperative to introduce students to alternative uses for their JDs. Law grads make choices Law school career professionals … Continue reading

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New Perspectives in Alternative Careers: Natane Eaddy, JD 2011

        This is the third in a series of blog posts which will shed light on alternative career paths carved out by graduates since 2007, including the strategies and tactics that they have used successfully, and the … Continue reading

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New Perspectives on Alternative Careers: Anna Lawless JD 2009

 This is the second in a series which will shed light on alternative career paths carved out by graduates since 2007, including strategies and tactics that they have used successfully, and advice they offer to prospective and current law students. … Continue reading

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New Perspectives on Alternative Careers: Michael Mangold JD 2012

When Deborah Aaron wrote Running From the Law (Decision Books, 1989),  alternative careers were exit strategies. As the recently-named Assistant Dean for Career Services at DePaul University College of Law William Chamberlain reminded us so eloquently in the National Law Journal, in these … 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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Writing by hand: benefits, making it fun, when to use it

Mont Blanc Noblesse It pains me to note that the Wall Street Journal reports that handwriting instruction is down to an hour a week in elementary school, but new research shows that writing by hand trains both young and old … Continue reading

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Switching Careers: Identify, explain & advertise transferrable skills

Minnesota Headhunter: Switching Careers? How To Advertise Your Transferrable Skills Explaining yourself is one of the stumbling blocks for career changes. When switching careers, identifying, explaining and advertising transferrable skills is one of the tricky points along this part of … 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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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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