Friday, December 9, 2011

2011 What's Hot and What's Not in the Legal Profession

This is our 23rd annual report on what’s going on in the legal profession, not only in the United States but also in other parts of the world. Like all our previous reports it is based on information we compile throughout the year from many sources, including discussions with leaders in the profession. As always, some of our findings are obvious but they still must be included. Others are surprising and some are contrary to the Conventional Wisdom. Nevertheless, this is the picture at the beginning of 2012, a year which may well hold both economic and political surprises.

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Worst Questions to Ask During A Job Interview

by Aimee Groth and Eric Goldschein

 During a job interview, the questions you ask are just as important as the answers you provide. One poorly-thought-out question could nix your chances of landing a job.

"What will stick with a potential employer is that you asked the right questions, paid close attention to the answers and really fathomed what their organization is all about," says headhunter Mark Jaffe of Wyatt & Jaffe.

To help you avoid catastrophe, we've compiled a list of the worst questions you can ask during a job interview.

Monday, December 5, 2011

Enlisting Your Family to Help in Your Job Search over the Holidays

by Susan Gainen

Your friends and family are stressed about your summer employment prospects. Help them to help you by creating a practical plan and sharing it during the Thanksgiving weekend. Do this, and you will show that you are concerned and not slacking. Then, enlist them all as members of your Career Team, and give them something to do.

THE DINNER AND THE WEEKEND Devoting an hour now to making a plan will allow you to control the flow of job-related conversations and then quickly switch the focus onto the relative merits of sage-and-onion or oyster stuffing.

MANAGE EXPECTATIONS Sharing your fact-laden plan with help manage their expectations. Should your family expect you to be employed by January 15 (where did they get that idea?) they will spend the semester sending waves of angst and panic in hundreds of texts and tweets. If they know that you expect to find a small firm job in May, or that you are interested in studying abroad, they may calm down..

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Thursday, December 1, 2011

Landing an Interview: Ending Your Cover Letter on a Strong Note

by Kristen Pavón

Cover letter endings are tricky. In my PR courses, professors advised me not to leave the ball in the employer’s court at the end of my cover letter. So, I usually ended my cover letters with something like this:
I will contact you within a week to follow up on my application. However, you may contact me at blah, blah, blah. Thank you in advance for your time and consideration.
After starting law school and getting some feedback on my resumes/cover letters, I stopped being so “aggressive” and to the chagrin of my PR profs, ended my letters by gingerly placing the ball in the employers’ courts with the shamefully passive “thank you for your consideration and I look forward to hearing from you soon.”

Now, I’m rethinking this whole thing again.

I came across a post on The Nonprofit Times’ Jobs Blog about this very issue.

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