Monday, October 29, 2012

Another Resource for Federal Government Opportunities

Great resource for finding federal government attorney jobs:
Sign in using your username and password, then:
Home; Career Focus; Law Student Jobs Online; Federal Careers for Attorneys

Here are some of the categories available through this webpage:

•Federal Government Organizational Structure
•The 2008 Plum Book
•Federal Government Career Websites
•Federal Government Application Forms
•Federal Government Salary Charts

Executive Office of the President
Cabinet Departments
U.S. Department of Agriculture
U.S. Department of Commerce
U.S. Department of Defense
U.S. Department of Education
U.S. Department of Energy
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
U.S. Department of Homeland Security
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
U.S. Department of the Interior
U.S. Department of Justice
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Department of State
U.S. Department of Transportation
U.S. Department of Treasury
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Other Executive Branch Agencies

Access Board
Advisory Council on Historic Preservation
African Development Foundation
Amtrak (National Railroad Passenger Corporation)
Appalachian Regional Commission
Central Intelligence Agency
Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board
Commission on Civil Rights
Commodity Futures Trading Commission
Consumer Product Safety Commission
Corporation for National and Community Service
Defense Nuclear Facilities Safety Board
Election Assistance Commission
Environmental Protection Agency
Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
Export-Import Bank of the United States
Farm Credit Administration
Farm Credit System Insurance Corporation
Federal Communications Commission
Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation
Federal Election Commission
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
Federal Housing Finance Board
Federal Labor Relations Authority
Federal Maritime Commission
Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service
Federal Trade Commission
General Services Administration
Inter-American Foundation
International Boundary and Water Commission
International Broadcasting Bureau
Merit Systems Protection Board
Millennium Challenge Corporation
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
National Mediation Board
National Science Foundation
National Transportation Safety Board
Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission
Office of Government Ethics
Office of Personnel Management
Office of Special Counsel
Overseas Private Investment Corporation
Peace Corps
Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation
Postal Rate Commission
Railroad Retirement Board
Securities and Exchange Commission
Selective Service System
Small Business Administration
Trade and Development Agency
U.S. Agency for International Development
U.S. Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims
U.S. International Trade Commission
U.S. Postal Service
U.S. Tax Court
Federal Retirement Thrift Investment Board
Tennessee Valley Authority
National Capital Planning Commission
National Council on Disability
Smithsonian Institution
Federal Mine Safety and Health Review Commission
Federal Reserve System
Social Security Administration
National Archives and Records Administration
Nuclear Regulatory Commission
National Foundation on the Arts and the Humanities
National Credit Union Administration
National Labor Relations Board


United States Congress
Architect of the Capitol
Congressional Budget Office
Government Accountability Office
Government Printing Office
Library of Congress


The Supreme Court of the United States
U.S. Courts of Appeals
U.S. District Courts
U.S. Bankruptcy Courts
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
Administrative Office of the U.S. Courts
Federal Judicial Center
Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation
U.S. Sentencing Commission
U.S. Court of International Trade
Federal Defender Organizations


Legal Services Corporation

Thursday, October 25, 2012

10 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Networking

By Hannah Morgan

Take a minute to think about the successful people you know and what makes them successful. Chances are they are masterful networkers and they did this by finding their own way to build mutually beneficial relationships. Employed or unemployed, introverted or extroverted, these are some of the most popular excuses people make for not networking. Your challenge is to get out of your house or your cube and meet people.

1. I don't know anyone. Yes you do! You know past co-workers, friends, family, and service providers. You know lots of people but you are uncomfortable reaching out to them. Overcome this by believing you are merely seeking knowledge.

2. I don't have time. If you're employed, making time to network will cut into your schedule. When you think about how you make time to do other things, such as going to the movies or working out, there is always enough time for things that are important to you. Are you saying your career isn't important? Or are you saying you don't understand how networking will help your career?

See full article here.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Post-OCI Job Strategies

By Sara Gail, Esq. 

It is that time of year--you had a great summer; you polished up your resume and your shoes; and you tried to find a job through your school’s on campus recruiting efforts.

But OCI is over and perhaps it didn’t go your way. What do you do now?

The first thing to do is to take a deep breath. Assess and accept your position. You didn’t get the job of your dreams—or at least not yet. So take a minute to ask yourself a few questions and answer them honestly.

What type of job do you want? Do you want to work a ton of hours or do you want to work 9-5? Do you want to have a big office or does working with just a few people appeal to you?
What are your fears about the job search process? We all have fears and it is important to know what they are. For instance, most attorneys I encounter have a huge fear of networking. It is never easy, but it is something to recognize and accept.

See full article here.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Why You Didn’t Get The Job: 7 Factors In Your Control

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Just because some positions are high in demand, it doesn’t mean getting the job isn’t going to take hard work. You’ve probably applied to numerous positions, but for one reason or another, you were passed up for another candidate. Instead of wondering why you didn’t get the job, it’s time to break out of your slump and learn what possible mistakes are preventing you from landing the position.

Here are the top 7 factors why you didn’t get the job:

1. Online identity – Due to the increasing trend of hiring managers screening applicants before meeting face-to-face, social media can either make or break you as a job seeker. Depending on the content of your online profiles, social media can be utilized as a powerful promotional tool for your career, or you could wreck your chances of employment if you’re too public with your personal life. Furthermore, while it’s detrimental to have an online identity depicting you in questionable or bad light, it can be just as bad as not having an online presence altogether. The absence of a profile can send two red flags to the hiring manager. One, this candidate – probably for negative reasons – has gone to great lengths to conceal their identity; or two, since the candidate is not “online” in this day and age, they may also have a primitive approach when it comes to their career. Because an online profile can give the future employer a small indication of your personality and work history, it’s recommended that you establish a balanced presence of yourself online before seeking an interview.

See full article here.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

10 Things Every Law Student Should Learn as a 1L to Facilitate Career Success

After finishing my 1L year at Vanderbilt Law, I must say that not only do I feel much wiser, but I also feel stronger and more resilient. Like climbing a mountain, I realize I still have a ways to go, but at least I reached the first plateau with a few breaths to spare. The lessons I have learned this year have been monumental and my experiences reflect many of the tips of success that practicing women lawyers have shared with me. In no particular order, here are "10 Things Every Law Student Should Learn as a 1L to Facilitate Career Success":

1. Make a connection, form a bond, secure a mentor. Whether it be law school or starting a new job, unless you already have some prior experience you most likely have no idea initially what you are doing. Mentors can serve as your go-to support system for advice and help. Sometimes it may be difficult to ask for help, but better you ask on the front end and prevent avoidable mistakes. Plus, forming relationships with people who have "been there and done that" can ease some of the stresses and anxiety that come with new experiences.

2. Shy away from comparing yourself to others, just do YOUR best. The first semester of law school or the first week of a new job can be spent worrying too much about how your classmates or co-workers will perceive your performance. It is easy to get caught up and forget that you are actually supposed to be learning, not living in fear of the looming cold-call or a bad evaluation. Similar to many of the experiences of practicing women lawyers, you have to take pride in your own work. As long as you know that you are putting in the necessary hard work, remain confident, but humble, in your capabilities.

3. Do not allow the woes of law school or a job make you feel inadequate or cause you to doubt your own ability. Always try to err on the side of optimism. When disappointment comes your way, take the time to acknowledge it (shed a tear if you may), but then it is time to get back up and move on. You have to keep things in perspective at all times and remember not to give up, no matter what. Self-loathing never gets you anywhere, its the fight and the courage to keep trying that opens doors.

See full article here.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Embarrassing E-mails: Don’t Let This Happen to You!


Everyone knows how important it is to double check your e-mail attachments, especially if you’re applying for a job.

However, sometimes the wrong file can find its way to an important message.

This nightmare happened to one girl, who accidentally sent a potential employer an e-mail attached with a scary photo of Nicolas Cage instead of her resume and cover letter.

Talk about a bad first impression.

As a result of the innocent screw up, she probably didn’t even get an e-mail back for a potential job. Sounds frustrating, huh?

Don’t let these careless mistakes cause big embarrassment and missed opportunities.

Here are seven common errors to check for before you hit the “Send” button.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

How to Schmooze (Network) Without Being Sleazy


Schmoozing gets a bad rap, but it shouldn't. Use these nine guidelines to become a master networker.

The term "schmoozing" sometimes takes on a negative connotation--it can feel somehow ingratiating, insincere, or pushy. But if you get it right, schmoozing can help you build valuable networks.

I am still a low-level novice at the art of schmoozing, but I consulted a high-level master, Bob Kobek from Mobius.

Here are his rules for schmoozing without the sleaze.

Monday, October 8, 2012

10 Biggest Mistakes You Can Make Interviewing at Public Interest Law Fairs (and other job fairs)

Submitted by Miranda Selover on Tue, 09/04/2012 - 20:25
Printer-friendly versionPrinter-friendly versionThis article was originally published on the PSLawNet blog. Read the original post here.

by Lauren Burke, Esq.
Lauren Burke is the co-founder of Atlas: DIY, developing immigrant youth, and the immigration attorney at the New York Asian Women’s Center. Lauren is a former Skadden Fellow at The Door, where she worked with Chinese child survivors of human trafficking. Since graduating from NYU Law in 2009, she has worked with over thirty law students in a direct and clinical capacity and loves sharing the advice she learned from tripping (literally!) in dozens of legal interviews.

1. You Didn’t Do Your Homework
If you can pass civil procedure you can certainly take five minutes to look at an organization’s website and at least learn their mission statement! No excuses, just do it. I’ll quiz you on it, I will!

2. You Dismiss My Training
Organizations are not particularly interested in training you for an entire summer if the biggest impact you think you will have down the road is “taking on a few pro bono cases” or that you’d like an internship “to get class credit.” We want to see how you are dedicated to the field, or, at least, want to apply our training and work to help others in need.

See full article here.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Icebreakers 101: Seven Tips for Getting to Know Anyone Anywhere

by Susan Heitler, Ph.D.

There’s definitely a skill-set for meeting new folks. Here’s a quickee version of tried and true tactics for any party or social situation.

Use these tips to break the ice to get to know someone enough to find out if you want to keep talking with them.

Here we go. You are in a social situation where there's new people all around you, or maybe one in which there is only one person nearby.

1. Decide that you are the shopper, not the shoppee.
You are hunting for who would be interesting to get to know.

Think of social connecting as a scavenger hunt where you are looking to learn interesting things and potentially discover interesting people. Being the one who is doing the searching puts you in a position of power which will ease potential anxieties.

2. Pick a person to connect with who is standing nearby. Comment on something in the environment to get started.
"Umm. These baby hot dogs are yummy. Have you tried them?"

3. Introduce yourself.
Names transition you from being just faces into people who know each other.
“I’m Cathy/Karl.” (shake hands and they’ll say their name.)

See full article here.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

How to Ace the Callback . . .

How to Ace the Callback . . .

The Careerist

In August, Seattle lawyer and author Grover Cleveland gave students advice about how to nail the initial interview with a firm. The author of Swimming Lessons for Baby Sharks: The Essential Guide to Thriving as a New Lawyer, Cleveland is back with advice about the next phase of the game: the callback.

. . . And Land that Big-Firm Job

by Grover Cleveland

Congratulations! You made it through the gauntlet of screening interviews and you've got a callback. That means you have generally put to rest any questions about your raw brainpower. Now the focus shifts more to “fit.” As one partner put it: “I don’t want any doorknobs. I have to work with these people.”

At this stage, interviewers are trying to discern how well you will get along with others in the office—particularly under stress. They'll also want to see if you have the poise and professionalism to represent the firm and cultivate clients. Finally, they will be looking for qualities such as initiative, attention to detail, and resourcefulness.

Here are some tips to engage your interviewers and turn your callback interviews into an offer:

Monday, October 1, 2012

Public Interest and Law Firm Can Go Together in the Same Sentence

(from The PSLawNet Blog)

Believe it or not, “public interest” and “law firm” can be used in the same phrase – a small niche practice of firms devote all or a significant portion of their time to “plaintiff side” work, partnering with public interest organizations and/or representing labor unions, associations, and government bodies.

Even if you thought you would never work at a law firm, researching these organizations is still valuable – especially after considering the fact that public interest positions are more competitive than ever.

Check out PSLawNet's resources to learn more: