Monday, May 27, 2013

Success in Your Summer Job - Sync with Support Staff

by Susan Gainen

If this is your first grown-up job, face it – almost every support staff person knows more than you. You may know more about some abstract points of law, but they know:

  • Where the courthouses are and how to submit documents on time and in the correct format; 
  • All about individual clients, their businesses, their legal problems, and their expectations;
  • The five things that most annoy the attorneys for whom they (and you) work;
  • Who will return your texts and who has never, ever texted;
  • How all of the office equipment works;
  • How to get extra help for emergency projects;
  • Who is “in” and who is “on the way out;”
  • What errors that you might make (unintentionally) that might cost you your job; and
  • Much, much more. 
Click here for full article.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

How To Ace a Phone Interview

I have recently realized how uncomfortable many of my candidates are with the idea of a phone interview.  The most common concern my candidates have is that they feel that they interview better in person.   They worry that their personality may not come through over the phone.  They also feel that if the firm were truly interested in them, they would bring them in for a face-to-face interview.

1.    Why A Phone Interview?

A phone interview is very common when firms are talking to an attorney who is located out of town.  However, I am seeing more phone/screening interviews happening even for local candidates.   Many candidates are confused or insulted when this happens to them.

Firms are run more efficiently than they used to be.  When I started practicing law in the early 2000s, phone interviews were rare, even for out of town attorneys.  If they liked your resume, they brought you into the office.  Firms wasted a lot of time and money doing this, and thus, the screening interview has become far more common.  Many firms even have the screening interviews conducted by the recruiting coordinator, rather than they attorneys, so as to not to waste the attorneys’ time.

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

First Week of Work: Make or Break Your Summer

by Susan Gainen

First Day

Meeting people:  Strong handshakes and good eye contact are key. Do your best to begin to remember names and functions. Ask for an organization chart and make notes. You will be both efficient and effective when you understand how work gets done (who works for whom? who is in which department?)

Getting started: Do not gripe at the amount of paperwork that you must complete. Commit to replying to all administrators' requests double-super-promptly. If administrators like you, they can save your reputation and your job.

Your office space: How do others personalize their spaces? With tiny tasteful photographs of their loved ones or 5-foot-velvet-Elvis paintings? Until you have a permanent job, find a comfort level that meshes with the office norm.

See full article here.

Monday, May 20, 2013

How to Send a Networking Email That Won't Be Ignored


If you want to ask a stranger or a distant acquaintance for networking or career help, the first step is writing an email that won't be ignored. Many of the people whose help you'd most like are busy and often get more email than they can respond to. And since emails from strangers often go to the bottom of the list, it's important to craft an email that they won't be inclined to ignore.
Here are seven ways to write a networking email that gets a response—and hopefully the action you want.

1. Start with some context. Briefly explain who you are and how you came to contact the person. Don't give your whole life story—a couple of sentences is all you need—but do set up some context before you plunge into what you're looking for.
2. State clearly what you're looking for—and be specific. Explain exactly what you want. Are you looking for a phone call, a meeting, an introduction? Information about their field? Career advice? Don't make them guess—either about the topic or about what you'd like from them in particular. Most people you're reaching out to are going to be busy; they don't want to spend their time trying to read between the lines and figuring out what it is that you're asking … and you don't want to make them fear that if they agree to talk, they'll end up in an open-ended call or meeting where you're not prepared with clear and specific questions.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Introverts- Tap Into Your Strengths During Job Search


strengths of introverts
I am an introvert. I’ve been born with and developed many other personality flaws and strengths and they make me the quirky, unique, sometimes lovable person I am today. Are you an introvert too?

What Are the Strengths of Introverts?

In case you haven’t figured it out yet, these are some of the noteworthy characteristics of introverts!
  • They prefer to think before they act.
  • They need time to formulate ideas in their heads before talking about them.
  • They prefer depth over breadth; this is true of relationships and information. An introvert prefers fewer deep and meaningful relationships over hundreds of contacts. Introverts also tend to dive deep into topics they are interested in.
  • They are creative (either in solving problems or in the arts)
  • They are often good at thinking up strategies
  • They make good innovators
  • They are humble
  • They take calculated risks (based on fact finding)
  • They remain calm under pressure
  • And most importantly, introverts regain energy by being alone.

Monday, May 13, 2013

BYU Alumni Career Fair Opportunity

BYU Alumni Career Services has partnered with Recruit Salt Lake City, and we would like to inform you about the upcoming event. The Recruit Salt Lake City Career Expo is a great opportunity to meet and network with top companies, if you are looking to change careers, or further expand your job network. Please see below for more details and how to register for the event.

Recruit Salt Lake City
Alumni Only Career Expo
May 23, 2013 from 11AM to 3PM
@ the University of Utah

Whether you're hiring, looking to network or looking for a new career in finance, investment banking, marketing, technology, media, nonprofit, consulting and more, you will find all the best talent, employers and career opportunities at this event. We are expecting over 75 top employers and roughly 750 alumni attendees. For job seekers, this event is exclusive to alumni of partner universities which can be found on the event registration page below.

Question? Contact Mindy Dorf: 917-912-3852 or

LinkedIn Groups: 7 Ways to Get Noticed

LinkedIn is an invaluable – actually a crucial – tool in the job hunt. Chances are, your future employer will be there, looking for someone like you.
Once you’ve created your profile, it’s time to go a little deeper and take advantage of the resources LinkedIn offers you, absolutely free. One of LinkedIn’s most valuable resources is its library of Groups – many hundreds from which you can choose.
Dubai Jobs Group. Ukraine Wine Industry. Online Psychologists. There really is a Group for everything, and if you can’t find a Group to match your career or interest, you can start one. LinkedIn Groups are like networking meetings, only you don’t have to go out in the rain in your high heeled shoes, and you don’t have to buy a lunch that will go uneaten because you don’t want to risk getting spinach between your teeth.
LinkedIn describes its Groups this way: they “provide a place for professionals in the same industry or with similar interests to share content, find answers, post and view jobs, make business contacts, and establish themselves as industry experts.”
Being involved with groups have numerous benefits.
  • Actively participating in Groups will show that you’re serious about your career and that you write and interact professionally. Showing respect in the Group will show your possible-next-boss that you know how to play in that proverbial sandbox.
  • Your Groups posts can be made visible on your profile, so anyone seeing your profile will be aware of your professional knowledge. (If there’s a group you don’t want listed on your profile, go to your settings to change that. More on a confidential search here.)
  • If you create a Group and it’s successful because you’ve invited the right people and kept it interesting, your possibly future boss will see that you take the initiative.
  • A Group manager can send out one Group announcement per week. This is a great way for you to get your brand into people’s inboxes.
  • Participating in a Group will allow you to broaden your network, easily connecting with and messaging people who are not currently your connections, since you don’t need to know their email for this.

Thursday, May 9, 2013

Check This Out - Some Legal Resources to Help You

As law students, your job search is one of the most important things you'll do while in law school. Since time is limited, having some great resources can help you make the most of your efforts. The following are a few websites to check out: 

NALP Directory

  • Searchable comprehensive database of larger legal employers in the following areas: Corporate, Government, Law Firm, & Public Interest.
  • Some great features include: ability to compare organizations side by side, info on salaries, hours, benefits, hiring numbers, pro bono opportunities, diversity scholarships, etc.


  • Comprehensive search engine that captures basic information for both large and small employers. 
  • Results can be sorted by county, city, size.
  • Can search for both employers & individuals, by practice area, state, law school, etc.


  • Website that provides information on employers, salaries, interviews, jobs, etc.  Includes comments from people who work or have interviewed with these organizations.


  • Information about organizations, industries, internships, career advice, resumes & cover letters, & career guides.  Basic information can be accessed without an account.  For more exclusive features, the law school does have a subscription.  Information is on your password card.  If you have lost yours, contact the career services secretary for information.

Blueprint JD
  • Articles and resources surrounding law school and career search tips.
  • Special section on available Diversity scholarships (Job Board).

Did You Know . . . ? Twitter Searches

Did you know there is a better way to conduct Twitter searches to get more comprehensive and detailed information?



to return the best search results.

Twitter is a fantastic resource for those looking for a job.  See these posts for ways to get started.

How to Use Twitter as a Job Search Tool

Tweet Your Way to a New Job

Monday, May 6, 2013

Are You Blowing the Interview Before It Even Starts?

Finally, it's happened—an invitation to interview for a job.

Have you already blown your chance before you put one hand on their office's door? You may be surprised to learn that the way you respond to the initial inquiry sets the tone and influences employers' impressions before you've even met. Are you sabotaging your interview before you start? If any of these points sound familiar, you may now know why you didn't get the job:

You didn't follow instructions. You receive an email or a phone call inviting you to interview for a job, along with a series of steps to take to schedule an interview. Are you sure you always read and follow those directions? If the employer asks you to respond with several dates and times, and you send a quick note with one date you're free, it's likely you've already told the employer you can't follow instructions and you're not attentive to details, no matter what you claim on your resume. Don't think they didn't notice.

You're slow to respond. If you include an email address on your resume, employers assume it is a good way to reach you. (Most, if not all, will expect to be able to contact you electronically.) If you don't typically monitor your email inbox, and you wind up responding to an invitation to interview a week after you received it, the employer probably figured you were not interested and moved on to other candidates. Maybe email is not a part of your typical daily routine, but when you're in job search mode, it's up to you to keep an eye on your messages at least once a day.

You don't seem flexible. An employer calls on the phone to schedule a time to meet, and your response to every suggestion is "no." Even though the organization may not cancel your chances entirely at this point (it may be required by law to follow through with an interview), you will have a difficult reputation to overcome when you meet in person. Employers are afraid to bring people on their teams who seem difficult. If you prove that you're not flexible during the interview-scheduling phase, you've given just enough information to convince many employers that you're not a fit.

You use bad judgment about when to answer your phone. We all have mobile phones, but that doesn't mean we need to answer them every time they ring. If an unfamiliar number pops up on your phone when you're struggling with traffic or in a loud environment, don't answer it. If it's an employer trying to ask you some questions or an assistant calling to schedule an interview, you won't be able to respond professionally. It's better to let it go to voice mail and respond at the earliest opportunity you have to be in a quiet place where you can take out your calendar and jot down some key notes.

You over share. You've been waiting forever to hear from this employer, and you're so nervous when they ask to schedule an interview, you can't stop talking. It may be charming if you express excitement about the opportunity to interview, but you'll start to lose points quickly if you transition into a complaint about how long it took them to get back to you. If you want the job, keep it professional and don't offer any opinions about the process.

You miss key details. Just because you live in Boston and the job is in Miami, don't assume the interview will be over the phone. In fact, a good rule of thumb is to not assume anything when an employer contacts you. This is especially important if you're in a different city than the job. You may be surprised to learn that the employer expects you to handle your own expenses to travel for the interview. You don't want to find out after-the-fact that you're footing the bill.

Don't schedule anything before you consult your calendar. If you're currently working, make a point to review your work and coverage schedule to be sure you aren't getting yourself into a bind in your job. You don't want to endanger your position for the chance to interview for another job, and you don't want to call a potential employer back to try to reschedule because you made a mistake.
First impressions last—make sure your target employer's first impressions of you are positive so you won't have any ground to make up when you actually interview for the job and you'll give yourself the best chance possible to win the position.

Miriam Salpeter is a job search and social media consultant, career coach, author, speaker, resume writer, and owner of Keppie Careers. She is author of Social Networking for Career Success and 100 Conversations for Career Success. Miriam teaches job seekers and entrepreneurs how to incorporate social media tools along with traditional strategies to reach their goals.

Thursday, May 2, 2013

What to Look for When Choosing a Women's Blazer (or Suit Coat)

Whether you’re spending $100 or $1,000, value is all in the details. 

Widths change with trends, but a slimmer lapel (between 2½ and 3½ inches) makes you look thinner and is timeless, says Guillermo Molina, the owner of Guillermo Couture Inc. and a custom tailor in New York City.

Check that it isn’t peeking out at the bottom or the sleeves, says Salvatore Giardina. If the fabric is polyester or nylon, prepare to sweat; rayon, acetate, or silk is cooler. A bit of stretch adds flexibility.

Altering this area is tricky, so the right fit is crucial, says Francesca Sammaritano, an assistant professor at Parsons The New School for Design, in New York City. The seams should lie exactly on the tips of your shoulder bones. If you stand sideways against a wall and the shoulder pad touches the wall before your arm does, go down one size.

See full article here.