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1Ls: Substituting “Interest” for “Experience”

1Ls with no legal or other work experience throw themselves onto the mercy of employers as they try to substitute interest for experience. Question:  I have no experience other than school, but I am very interested in three practice areas. … Continue reading

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Interviewing Best Practice = Lots of Interview Practice

Whether your goal is baseball, piano-playing, interviewing or conducting employee evaluations, the only way to begin to be comfortable, to develop and hone skills, and to find a path to excellence is to practice. Have lots of practice. In Katie … Continue reading

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Smart Strategies for 1Ls

  Career Services for 1Ls begins after October 15 (NALP Principles & Standards Part V (D.1) and schools will have programs introducing staff and services. Don’t miss these programs and do not fail to connect to your career office. Smart strategies … Continue reading

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Why are you leaving your job?

Despite a nearly universally derided dismal job market, where common sense might dictate keeping a job at any cost, employed lawyers continue to look for new work and new experiences.  Every job search needs a coherent narrative, something that can … Continue reading

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2nd Careers: Concrete Steps for a Life Changing Process

I am honored to have been selected to present “2nd, 3rd, or 4th Careers: Concrete Steps for a Life Changing Process” at the 2013 Wisconsin Center on Education and Work Career Conference in Madison, WI on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 … Continue reading

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The Elusive Purple Squirrel: not really a candidate

The Elusive Purple Squirrel, seen here for the first time, lives in a jungle forest. As he eats many delicious  pink and purple flowers, his coat is part of his protective camouflage. He is much sought after and rarely found. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Small Firms, Big Opportunity: How to Get Hired (and Succeed) in the New Legal Economy

If what its authors say is true, that “….smaller firms are the largest and fastest growing section of the legal community,” then Small Firms, Big Opportunity: How to Get Hired (and Succeed) in the New Legal Economy (Linda Calvert Hanson, … Continue reading

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Amy Lindgren: Keep a job-search journal

Amy Lindgren: Career transitions after major life events – TwinCities.com Amy Lindgren‘s career advice is always spot-on. In this piece, the best, and possibly least-obvious of the bunch, is #6. Keep a job-search journal. Why keep a journal during stressful times? … 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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