Tag Archives: professionalism

4 ways to manage your attention span

 You are the boss of your attention span. You are the boss of your attention span. Yet how you manage when your world is pinging you to read texts, tweets, emails, and Instagrams is a measure of your professionalism. Whether … Continue reading

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Office policies — not all in the employee handbook

Most employers won’t deliberately trick you, but there are hundreds of tiny office policies that aren’t in the employee handbook. Office policies Whether you are naming a document or requesting a check for a filing fee, your office has policies … Continue reading

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Employers’ & clerks’ end of summer concerns

The end of summer brings a host of concerns for employers and clerks. Not surprisingly, some of the employers’ and clerks’ end of summer concerns are similar, covering issues related to work product and how or whether professional relationships developed. … Continue reading

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Finding feedback: an ongoing challenge

Finding feedback can be challenging because it comes in a variety of settings and from some unexpected sources.  It may be formal, informal, unheralded, unscheduled, and delivered by anyone from the most senior attorney to the most junior clerical assistant. … Continue reading

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Mid-summer review: critical critique

The late New York Mayor Ed Koch famously asked “How Am I Doing?” as often as he could. Mid-summer is time for law clerks to ask the same question. What might review look like? The range of behavior that might be labeled … Continue reading

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3 Rules for Protecting Confidential Information and Your Career

Whistleblower and Super-Leaker Edward Snowden changed his career trajectory purposely and forever when he revealed details of a National Security Agency data collection project. He is now unemployed, possibly in the middle of his 15 minutes of fame, marooned somewhere in … Continue reading

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3 tips for getting work reviewed without asking for “feedback”

One of the differences between school and work is that you can think that you are doing fine at work if no one is yelling at you. That should not give you peace of mind. You and  your work are … Continue reading

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3rd Week of Work: Getting to Know Your Colleagues

Ideally, your office will be filled with interesting and talented people who do good work without generating drama, and who can be trusted with professional confidences. You should make sincere efforts to get to know both lawyers and staff because … Continue reading

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2nd Week of Work: 4 ways to sync with support staff

If this is your first grown-up job, almost every support staff person knows more than you. You may know more about some abstract points of law, but they know: Where the courthouses are and how to submit documents on time … Continue reading

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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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