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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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Grant Writing: a skill for all lawyers

Grant writing is a skill for all lawyers. Every lawyer should be adept at this particular kind of persuasive writing for both enlightened self-interest, and for the public good that grants can support.  Whether you work in public, private, or … Continue reading

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There are no unsuccessful experiments…

Whether you are considering a career change, taking on a new project, learning a new language, or otherwise re-arranging your life, you are about to engage in an experiment. Will it turn out just like you planned? If not, how … 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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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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Working Smart: “No answer” not enough

  Clients solve their easy problems and pay their lawyers to solve tough ones. With life, liberty and/or property on the line, telling a client that there is no answer to her problem is not an option. She certainly won’t pay … Continue reading

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How is Professionalism like an Elephant?

Several cultures and many disciplines claim the story of six blind men describing an elephant based on the body part each holds, arguing about their observations, and being led by a wise person to a peaceful conclusion of their disagreements. … Continue reading

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1999 career strategies: age like fine wine, not old cheese

  When I worked at the University of Minnesota Law School Career & Professional Development Center, the student handbook was called The GreenBook because I’d gotten a great deal on green plastic binders the first time it was published. It … Continue reading

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