Monday, March 28, 2011

A Few Do's and Don'ts for Jobseekers

Continued advice from Belle at the Hill Life related to applying for jobs on Capitol Hill, but some good general advice for all job applicants.

When Applying

Don’t write the person looking for an unpaid intern and ask if they have any paid positions available. And definitely don’t write the office of the Congressman looking for an unpaid intern and ask the staffer to forward your resume on to the Congressman’s committee so that you can be considered for a paid gig there.

This is presumptuous and deeply annoying and will result (99% of the time) in your resume being tossed into the ‘Deleted Items’ bin. If you really want to know about paid jobs, wait a couple of days and then forward your resume on, and don't mention the internship that you don't want.

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Friday, March 25, 2011

Linkedin and Your Job Search

By Wendy Werner

Last week in LinkedIn and Your Job Search: Step One, Wendy Werner covered the basics of completing your profile and populating your account. Step two focuses on the places you want to work.

You’ve created a polished profile and begun building your connections. Now let’s begin using LinkedIn’s free features to find companies or firms you want to target, and connect to people who work there. In the navigation bar on your LinkedIn home page, you’ll see the People search box with a drop-down menu listing updates, companies, jobs and more. You used this search box to find people to invite to connect with you. Obviously, there are other things you can do here when you are in the hunt for a new position.

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For Your "Cool Stuff" File - ABA Blawg Directory

Want to find out more about the latest in a particular practice area?  The skinny on practicing law in a certain city or region?  Want to see what professors at law schools are blogging about? Check out ABA's Blawg Directory.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Seek Legal Career Advice from Multiple Sources

by Randall Ryder

For many law students, 1L year starts with visions of glory—working for a big firm, making big bucks, and living the dream life. Reality, however, does not always align with your dreams.

As you progress through law school and consider whether to pursue a big firm job, a rural town job, or hanging your own shingle, talk to as many different people as possible to help inform your decision.

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Thursday, March 17, 2011

Finding a Job

from Capitol Hill Style


Holy, Typeface, Batman. For whatever reason, a lot of job seekers like to get fancy with their font choices. Don’t. Resumes should be in Times New Roman, Arial or Calibri, that’s it.

And please, for the love of Guttenberg, use only one font. You might think that it’s cute to type your name in calligraphy or Courier New but it isn't. It reeks of vanity. So please, keep the fonts simple and utilize bolding, bullet points and other accents sparingly and with purpose.

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Social Media 101: Networking with Twitter

By: Derren Thompson

In my last post I explained how you can use Facebook to create a professional profile for yourself. Now, it’s time to network. And what is one of the best resources for networking? Twitter.

Twitter is the most rapidly adopted communication tool in history, going from zero to 10 million users in just over two years. On Twitter, word can spread faster that wildfire – according to Shel Israel, social media writer and author of Twitterville. Ironically, though, when I am discussing Twitter with friends, family and even colleagues, I’m often asked, “What is Twitter?”

What is Twitter?

Twitter is a short messaging system that can quickly get information out to a small or large group of people. With only 140 characters per message, Twitter users often include links to web sites to provide further information for their readers. But, more importantly, Twitter is a community where people connect to stay informed about what is going on around them.

Twitter can be used for a number of purposes, including:

New Webinar from NALP: Destination Public Interest: Landing the Ideal Public Interest Job

NALP presents "Destination Public Interest: Landing the Ideal Public Interest Job.” 

This webinar, designed for 3Ls and recent graduates who are pursuing public interest jobs, offers best practices and tips in the areas of cover letter and résumé drafting, as well as interviewing and professional networking.

View webinar here.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Social Media 101: Facebook and Job Hunting


Social media is all around us. Many of us keep up with our closest friends online, as well as “friends” who we may not know very well. We can keep up with people using applications on our iPhones, iPads, Kindles and even our NOOKs. We keep up with events, follow daily status updates and even see the latest photos of our friends via social media web sites. But, can social media assist you in getting a job? It can … if you know how to use it the right way.
Over the next several weeks, we’ll discuss how you can use social media to your advantage in finding a job. We’ll also talk about how social media can get you into trouble. Today, let’s start with Facebook.

Facebook – a window into your world

Monday, March 7, 2011

Five Rules to Strengthen Your Cover Letter

excerpted from "Righting the Writing Wrongs of the Cover Letter" by Thomas C. Ksobiech, Assistant Dean for Career Services at The University of Alabama School of Law

1. Know your audience. Do you want to guarantee that you won’t get an interview? Talk about your desire to practice criminal defense to a firm that only has a civil practice.

2. Answer the two big questions. All a cover letter really has to do is explain two things: Why you? and Why them? In other words, why should this employer hire you, and why do you want to work for this employer? I estimate that one out of three first drafts of cover letters that I see fails to answer at least one of these  questions.

3. Check your sender’s box. Is your address correct? Did you include your phone number and e-mail address? Did you spell your name correctly? Because these are such “no-brainers,” it’s easy to fail to check this information, and yet a mistake here can prevent an employer from contacting you.

4. Beware the mail merge. There is nothing wrong with using a spreadsheet and a mass mailing to send out résumés. It does, however, require that you be technically perfect in performing your mail merge. Names have to match firms. Firm names have to match addresses. Moreover, one mistake can ruin 70 letters.

5. Read your letter slowly one last time. Forget your handshake; this is your first impression. Don’t let it be spoiled by a missing period or an unnecessarily capitalized letter.

Friday, March 4, 2011

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Everything associates didn't learn in law school

Getting ahead takes much more than knowing the Rule in Shelley's Case or the finer points of the tax code.

Kimberly K. Egan

What do law firm partners mean when they talk about whether an associate "gets it"? And how can students make sure that they do? Here's a running list of the unspoken and often intangible attributes that drive the profession's most successful lawyers.

The bad news is that students don't learn these skills in law school or as a summer associate. The good news is that they can start developing all of them now — from day one.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Four Words to Delete from Your Cover Letter

by The Essay Expert

Certain words appear in almost every cover letter. I've explained below why you don’t want to use 4 of these too-common words and what some alternatives might be.

If you want to make your cover letter stand out, do some editing and make sure to avoid these words completely. You might be surprised at the result.

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