Thursday, June 27, 2013

Maximize Your Results with Personalized LinkedIn Invitations

by Amanda Ellis

Sample Personalized LinkedIn Invitations

As I wrote in When You Can’t Send a Personalized LinkedIn Invitation,the default LinkedIn invitation (“I’d like to add you to my LinkedIn network …”) annoys many legal professionals.  When I spoke at the Chicago Bar Association last week, I shared several templates that lawyers and law students can use to personalize LinkedIn invitations.  Try one of the following templates the next time you connect with someone on LinkedIn.

See full article here.

Monday, June 24, 2013

3 Easy Ways to Strengthen Your LinkedIn Network

Lindsey Pollak

I spend a lot of time teaching job seekers how to make new connections on LinkedIn. Constantly meeting new people and growing your professional network is crucial to uncovering job leads and building a successful and lasting career. But today we’re going to talk about another important piece of networking that is often neglected: maintaining your connections once you have them. As the old song says, “Make new friends, but keep the old….”
You can’t build up a new network every time you look for a job or have a career need; think of your longer-term connections as a deep bench of teammates that – as long as you stay connected – will be your supporters for years to come.
Take my friend Jane, who is a master of keeping in touch over time. She is great at forwarding interesting articles, sending congratulations messages when people have good news and attending industry events where she’s likely to run into long-time connections. Recently Jane found herself in a job search and noticed on the LinkedIn Company Page of her dream employer that David, a former colleague from a decade earlier, currently worked at that company. Because she had kept in touch periodically over the years, Jane felt comfortable reaching out to David asking for help and he was delighted to introduce her to the hiring manager at his company.

Friday, June 21, 2013

Summer Associate Tips—How to Work the Lunch and Cocktail Party

by The Careerist

You are now several weeks into your summer program, and you have no doubt already been wined and dined at numerous posh restaurants. You know the usual drill: Mind your manners, don't order messy food, and be engaging.
But you should also keep this in mind: the firm's agenda. Is the firm taking you out just to sell you on what a wonderful place it is and to check out your social skills? For the most part, yes.
The firm's lawyers want to like you, trust you, and maybe even be impressed by you. They also want to gauge whether you are genuinely interested in the firm, as well as your “value-added” for any particular practice area. 

As a summer associate, you should be mindful that you are always “selling yourself.” So why not use your summer lunches and events as an opportunity to show your best personal side and advance your career goals?

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Judicial Clerkship Interviews - Tips & Common Questions

Wanting to work for a judge?  Here are some common questions and tips to help you interview well.
(from a Twitter Chat from ABA Young Lawyers Division @ABAYLD, # #ABA_LSOC, ##judicialclerkship)

A in any court is an invaluable learning opportunity.

W/ a you can gain “behind the scenes” insight into courthouse operations.

Perfect your legal research & writing skills w/ a .

OSCAR releases all online 3L student applications for # judicialclerkships on June 28, 2013 at noon EDT.

Don't forget about state court clerkships! Consult the Vermont Law School Guide to State .

- Think outside of the box geographically.

Don’t wait until December of your 3L year to consider state court clerkships.

Sell yourself to the judge in your cover letter.

During your interview, be on time, be pleasant, and professional.

During the#JudicialClerkship interview show the Judge & the law clerks how you would fit in with the group.

Be prepared to answer interview questions like:

What do you have to contribute to chambers?

Why do you want to clerk?

Why did you apply to me specifically?

Why do you want to clerk for this court?

How did you choose the judges that you applied to?

What do you hope to get out of clerking?

How does clerking play into your career plans/ambitions?

What would you do if you disagreed w/ me on a case?

Would it bother you to work for a judge w/ a judicial philosophy you did not agree?

Would it bother you to work for a judge w/ political leaning you did not agree?

Judges ask the current law clerks for their opinion regarding the final candidates.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Summer Resources

For those of you who will be working away from home this summer, here are a few resources to help you:

Log in and create or update your profile including where you will be this summer.
You can check and post on message boards for the state where you'll be.
It's a great way to connect with other fellow law students for things such as possible shared housing, carpooling, socializing, etc.
Be sure and check the message boards also for potential housing opportunities.

Having Fun on the Cheap in Big Cities
This is a great resource from PSLawNet with ideas of things to do in large urban areas. Has 8 areas to choose from.

You can find housing options in multiple ways.  One of the best ways is to ask the hiring coordinator where interns typically live.  They can usually provide you with local resources.  Also, speaking to students who have previously done internships for that employer is also helpful.  Local bishops can also be a resource, as can JRCLS chapter chairs.

Here are a few others:

Cheap Living Guides from Harvard Law School
Advice on finding housing, how to get around and what to do for fun in 13 areas, both in the U.S. and abroad

Multi-city intern housing site

Washington D.C.

New York City

2Ls: The Time is Now -- Start Preparing Clerkship Applications this Summer

by Sybil Dunlop

If you just finished your 2L year, this summer is the time to start getting your clerkship applications together. While it’s true that it is difficult to land a federal clerkship, your actions now can give you a leg up come September.

Target your applications

In law school, I heard rumors of folks who applied to every federal judge in the country. This seemed silly (and unlikely to produce results). Better to spend the summer researching judges and figuring out where and for whom you would like to work. You can narrow the pool by searching for judges who share your undergraduate college, your interests, or work history (did you both serve in the Peace Corps?). If you are near a federal courthouse this summer, stop by to watch the judges in action (you can always find their daily calendars on the courthouse website).

All of these actions will give you something to say in a cover letter. And, being able to say that you are applying based on a specific opinion or because of a trial you watched over the summer is much more interesting than a mail merge to every judge in the country. All judges will shortly be overrun with applications and having a cover letter that makes it clear you want to work for THEM is the first step to securing an interview.

See full article here. 

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Important 2013 Summer Dates & Deadlines

Make sure and mark these important events on your calendar so you don't miss something.
Late applications will not be accepted.

Monday, July 8, 8 a.m., Early Interviewing Program deadline

Friday, July 12, 8 a.m., 3L Jobs Initiative Program deadline

Monday, July 29, 8 a.m., Fall OCI & Resume Collect deadline

August 5-9, Early Interviewing Program (on site in regional cities)

August 12, Fall OCIs begin

August 21, 1L Orientation begins

August 26, First day of fall classes

Link to Career Services important dates & deadlines here.

Common Spelling & Grammar Mistakes That Can Keep You from Getting the Job


Do people pay attention to spelling and grammar today? More than you may think! Even busy résumé reviewers who barely have enough time to read your full cover letter and résumé are likely to notice spelling errors.
Your email, cover letter, application and résumé are often the first impression you make. Spelling and grammatical errors suggest you don't care enough about the job to double check your work, or worse, that you lack attention to detail.

Click here for full article.

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

6 Body Language "Tells" That Can Hurt Your Job Interviews

By Lindsay Olson 

1. You're sweating profusely. Sweating is always a dead giveaway that you're nervous, and for many, it's hard to keep from doing it. The best you can do is expect the worse (buckets of sweat) and plan around it.
Ramon Santillan, founder of Persuasive Interview, suggests: "If you are waiting for you to be called in for the interview and you still have sweaty palms, ask for a cold cup of water. This will help you lower your body temperature and help your sweaty palms."
Also, take a napkin or handkerchief with you so you can subtly wipe your sweaty hands during the interview. "If you do not have a napkin nearby and you really have sweaty palms and you are wearing a suit jacket, wipe your palms on the left inside part of your blouse/shirt," Santillan says. "Why there? Most people will wipe it on their pants and if it is really sweaty, it will leave a mark until it dries. Don't believe me? I've seen it with my own eyes on people whom I've interviewed for my positions. If you wipe it inside your suit jacket, the jacket will actually cover up the stain."
2. You stutter or fumble over your words. If you find yourself not saying much at all, or stumbling over your words, you're nervous. Take a deep breath. The hiring manager knows you might be nervous and won't fault you for that. You can circumvent much of the verbal stumbles by practicing common interview questions beforehand, which can help you smoothly speak when asked questions.

Monday, June 10, 2013

Have a Successful Summer

It’s that time again. Time for 2Ls (and a few lucky 1Ls) to join the ranks of the employed in the hopes of landing a permanent gig post-graduation. Of course, the substance of your work matters (a lot), but landing a full-time position from a summer associate gig requires more than just doing legal great work. What else do you need to do?

Read full article here.

Thursday, June 6, 2013

10 Tips to Show You Mean Business

This article was written with women in mind, but many of the tips apply to men as well.

Want your employer, colleagues and clients to take you seriously?  Follow the tips below to ensure that you make the right impression.

1. Hem your pants.You should never be able to wear the same pair of dress pants with both flats and heels. Pants that are not tailored correctly can look silly if they are too short or sloppy if they drag on the ground. When wearing heels, the hem of your pants should fall about ½ inch from the ground in the back, according to The Daily Muse. When wearing flats, your pants should cover most of the shoe in the back without actually touching the ground. If your office attire is casual, make sure your jeans are hemmed correctly as well. Skinny jeans should hit at the bottom of the ankle and cigarette pants should hit at the top of your ankle.

2. Check your sleeve length.Make a note to bring your jackets and blazers with you when you have your pants tailored as well because your sleeve length speaks volumes about your presentation. Sleeves that are too long or too short have the same negative effect as improperly fitting pants. To avoid looking frumpy, make sure the cuff of your sleeve hits just below your wrist when holding your arms at your sides.

Full article here.

Monday, June 3, 2013

7 Surprising Reasons You Didn’t Get A Call Back For That Job


It’s natural to wonder why you didn’t get an interview – or perhaps make it to the second round – for a job you thought was a perfect fit. While I always feel it’s best to ask the hiring manager what went wrong, do a little self-analysis first. Didn’t get a call back for the job? Perhaps you made one of the following mistakes:
1. You Didn’t Follow-Up, And Someone Else Did

At every part of the job search process, it’s important to follow up with the hiring manager. My general rule of thumb is to state you will follow up in one week on your cover letter. Thereafter, it’s appropriate to follow up once a week for a few weeks. You can e-mail the manager, give them a call, or even write them a small thank you note and drop it in the mail. A follow-up can make the difference between landing a job and being another submission in the pile.

Full article here.