Monday, October 31, 2011

Say “Thank You” to Stand Out

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I always emphasize the importance of remaining optimistic when coaching lawyers on the topic of job hunting. And, lawyers being lawyers, I always need to provide some reason why they should remain upbeat. I have a simple answer: The job market is actually much less competitive than you think when you consider that so many other job-seekers make fundamental mistakes.

Mistake One: Failing to Thank Your Network. Most new jobs are the result of networking, yet many job candidates make the basic mistake of failing to say “thank you” to those who take the time to help them. Although networking might be “free” to the job-seeker, it is a valuable donation of time by the person who agrees to network with you.

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Monday, October 24, 2011

Career Fairs 101


Whether you are just starting your quarter or are in the middle of your semester, all college students have one thing in common– they are all in the midst of career fair season.

As such, I wanted to share some tips for making the most of your career fair experience.

Before the Career Fair

During the Career Fair

After the Career Fair

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Your References Are More Important Than You Think


When the company you’ve been interviewing with asks for your references, you can already see the finish line. After this small hurdle, a job offer is sure to follow.

Far too many people think reference checks are just a perfunctory step–merely checking off another box in the process. After all, would any candidate really give a reference that might endanger her or his candidacy?

Believe it or not, some references don’t shower praise on their former employee, and just because the company has asked for your references doesn’t mean it’s not checking references for several other candidates too. The reference checks can help distinguish between finalists and provide clarity on which would be the best fit for the job.

When you are asked to provide references, here’s the four-step process you should consider following:

Monday, October 17, 2011

Interviewing Clients: Tips for Law Students & Legal Services Professionals

by Kristen Pavón

If you are a staff attorney/law clerk/intern for a legal services organization or public interest law firm, you know that interviewing clients is an important part of what you do. It’s a critical skill that can always use honing.

I came across a great interviewing tip sheet focused on interviewing low-income clients in my inbox and thought it could be helpful for you!

Here are a few of the highlights:

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Landing the Job: Rock that Phone Interview

by Kristen Pavón

It’s pretty common for hiring managers to conduct initial screening interviews via phone these days because it saves on time and money for both the interviewer and interviewee.

This is your first opportunity to make a good impression and to get one step closer to landing the job.

Here are a few tips I've learned along the way.

Monday, October 3, 2011

7 Tips to Prevent Turning Off a Professional Contact

/ September 14, 2011

When you're trying to establish a professional relationship with someone, it's very easy to turn a stranger off with professional no-nos. You can get away with a lot more once you develop a deeper relationship with the person and when you get a better feel of how that person works. Take heed of these rules when you're communicating with someone professionally:
  • Try not to contact them after work hours unless it's asked of you: If the other party did not suggest a time to talk after work hours, don't call them or email them after 6 or 7 p.m. unless it's an emergency or if the nature of your job requires you to contact them at night. There's nothing more frustrating than getting a 10 p.m. call to talk about work when it isn't urgent. Many of us like to clock out when work ends, so talking about job-related items can bring back unwanted memories of the daily grind.
  • Leave their personal accounts alone: Don't contact them about work through their personal email, cell phone, Facebook, or chat when they haven't given you leave to do so. Most people don't like to mix their personal and professional lives, so don't corner them into doing it. However, if they engage you first through these accounts, it is OK to reply to them.
  • Keep the punctuations and smiley faces to a minimum: When you don't know someone, it's a bit odd to add five exclamation marks at the end of the sentence and say things like "thank you a million times!" Don't overwhelm people before getting to know them. Being overenthusiastic can also come off as being insincere. Ease them into it.
  • Give them time to reply: If you haven't heard back from someone, don't start bombarding them with emails, texts, and voicemail messages all in one day. Give them a little leeway and wait for them to reply you and try again the next day or even the next week if you have the time to wait.
  • If they say no, don't push it: If they decline you, don't rephrase the same question and ask it again. The answer is no! Instead give them time to mull it over, present the issue again at a later date, and change the terms to better suit them. The more you push them, the more they'll withdraw. Remember, you can't badger someone into agreeing.
  • Don't backtrack: Plan what you're going to say and offer carefully. Don't say something, then backtrack and change your words. It's always better to start the relationship off slow because you can then decide how you want to progress based on the results you're seeing.
  • Remember that their time is precious: Their time is very valuable, so carefully pick what kind of communication works best. Emails are generally less disruptive so if you can convey your message via email, opt for that form of communication first.