Saturday, October 31, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
- Prepare an updated, accurate resume to be able to provide to anyone at a minute’s notice.
- Evaluate your skill set and determine the legal and non-legal market for your skills.
- Research the job market via internet, legal newspapers, trade associations, peer groups, professional and personal contacts, and legal search firms.
Determine your flexibility:
(a) Are you willing to take a pay cut? (b) Are you willing to relocate? (c) Are you willing to take a non-lawyer position? (d) Are you in a position to take a volunteer position in a legal setting? (e) Are you willing to travel for your job?
- Do not apply for specialized positions for which you are absolutely not qualified.
- When applying for a position, apply once, follow up once by a phone call or email after time has passed. Don’t apply several times for the same position.
- Networking is very important. More people get hired because they have a contact somewhere (either the reference or the connector).
- Force yourself to attend every personal and professional event to which you are invited. Prepare the “About Me” speech (otherwise known as the "Elevator Speech." It needs to be positive and confident - without bitterness or negativity.
- Contact everyone you know: family; friends; colleagues. Give them your “About Me” speech and ask if they know anyone you might contact.
- When you talk with people at a networking or other social event, be prepared with your “About Me” speech. Where appropriate, ask for their help AND ask for their business card and their permission for you to email them your resume. Email your resume the next day with a similar “About Me” transmittal email and make sure you are asking them to do something – either passing your resume along or providing you with names of others with whom you can connect.
- If anyone offers you a courtesy or informational interview, TAKE IT happily. Conduct yourself like it is an actual job interview. The interviewers may be your next connectors. Also, when the organization’s needs change, you may be first on their minds to fill a position.
- Look at traditional ways employers advertise job openings. If you are not finding anything and you are available, you should consider doing contract legal work either by networking with people you know to work on short-term projects or by working through a legal staffing company such as Special Counsel. It has been a very busy time in the temporary legal world.
- Look at federal and state government jobs.
- Look at law & policy/analyst positions.
- Look at other public interest positions.
- Look for in-house positions either part-time or full-time, in legal or quasi-legal positions.
- If you are trying to switch practice areas, invest in education and volunteer.
- Take some CLE’s in that different area.
- If you are really serious, get an advanced degree (i.e., LLM, an MBA, MPh, MPA).
- Attend a meeting of your area of interest or practice group through the bar association.
- Find volunteer work for an organization working in your area of interest.
- Bankruptcy Litigation
- Federal Government Jobs
- Insurance Defense Litigation
- Business & Commercial Litigation
- Labor & Employment Litigation
- Estates & Trusts in smaller firms
- Attorneys in Transition, http://attorneysintransition.com/
- American Bar Association Career Counsel, http://www.abanet.org/careercounsel/finding.html
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Saturday, August 01, 2009
- Frankly, in the last month alone, we are working with professionals at the D and C levels who have been laid off with no notice. We are seeing the same upswing in layoffs of lawyers at all levels.
- Students with hefty student loans are having difficulty navigating the new economic realities. (If you are a parent of one of those students, we are going to Blog about how you can help them.)
- On the upside, our clients ARE finding jobs. But, it is taking longer to land new jobs and the job searches require hard work, determination, and focus.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
- MAKE A LIST OF PEOPLE YOU KNOW THROUGH YOUR OWN CONTACTS, CONTACTS FROM FAMILY, AND CONTACTS FROM FRIENDS, with phone numbers and email addresses (placing the information in chart form with a column for comments/ follow up.
- MAKE A LIST OF PEOPLE YOU WOULD LIKE TO MEET.
- PREPARE A SCRIPT TO TAILOR FOR EACH CONTACT.
- CALL OR EMAIL EACH CONTACT AND LET THEM KNOW: (1) your job status and area of expertise (or that you are a graduating student seeking an entry level position); (2) that you are looking for a position; (3) why you are searching; (4) where appropriate, the name of the person who referred you.
- TELL THEM YOU ARE NOT CONTACTING THEM TO ASK FOR A JOB, BUT RATHER TO ASK FOR 15 OR 20 MINUTES OF HIS OR HER TIME AT HIS/HER OFFICE TO TALK WITH YOU ABOUT THE NATURE OF THE CURRENT MARKET AND JOB SEARCH SUGGESTIONS.
- FOR THOSE CONTACTS YOU REACH BY TELEPHONE, YOU SHOULD HAVE YOUR PRESENTATION AND QUESTIONS PREPARED IN THE EVENT THE CONTACT SUGGESTS THAT YOU TALK AT THAT TIME.
Keep notes of your conversations, follow up, and the contacts recommended. Then, send a thank you note or email. Include something you found helpful during your conversation. Contact each person to whom your contact referred you, going through the same process.
Keep an open mind, cast a wide net, and maintain a positive attitude.
For more information on informational interviewing, contact Randi S. Lewis, Founder, Resume Boutique LLC, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 410.602.2500.
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Thursday, May 14, 2009
- Whether we are obsessively connecting on facebook or responding to Tweets delivered to our iPhones, we seem to forget - or disregard - the fact that we have no expectation of privacy in this manner of connecting.
- That's particularly true when we are at work or looking for work.
- Last September, I gave job seekers eight tips for using facebook. Take a look. http://resumeboutique.blogspot.com/2008/09/no-privacy-on-facebook-8-tips-for.html.
- Have you ever written that you had too much to drink the night before and called in sick? Posted photos that could be offensive to others? Used profanity in exchanges with others? Probably.
- Have you thought about who's reading your musings? That's right. Co-workers. Clients. Customers. Are they laughing? Maybe not so much.
- When in Doubt, Take it Out!
- No bare skin photos or videos. That's right. Lose the skimpy bathing suits.
- No photos or videos of excessive drinking or partying.
- No foul language.
- No negative comments about co-workers, customers, or clients.
- Remember, the standard is NOT what you think is appropriate. It's what employers, clients, colleagues, and customers think.
- Be smart. Keep your job.
Sunday, May 03, 2009
- Fifty year old lawyer and former Recruitment Committee Chair: "I am old school so my answer is no way."
- Forty-something Recruitment Manager for Professional Services Firm: "Using 'hey' to address an employer is too informal and an immediate turnoff. It leaves me with a bad impression."
- Thirty-something New York Casting Director: "I use it all the time, including in my emails to full-time job and summer internship applicants. I went back and looked at my emails after you posed the question and I noticed that most young people responded with a word other than 'hey' even when I used it as a greeting. I am fine with the word but I guess it's more respectful to use 'hi' or 'hello' when you are not in the driver's seat."
- Forty-something Medical Practice Administrator: "I absolutely detest when people use that word and I would find it very disrespectful if an applicant sent me an email addressing me with the word, 'hey.'"
- Forty-something Human Resources Director for Fortune 100 Business: "Hey is for horses. Don't ever be that informal in the interview process and don't write that in any email or correspondence if you want to work with our company."
- Twenty-something Tech Entrepreneur: "Depends on the industry. In tech? Yes, by all means."
© 2009 by Resume Boutique LLC. All rights reserved.
Monday, April 27, 2009
- Federal government jobs are on the increase. Check out http://www.usajobs.gov/ weekly. Search trade organization websites. Send your resume and a brief note asking for any leads to any one who might be in a position to help.
- Make it personal. Pick up the telephone. Where appropriate call the contact person and try to introduce yourself. You can't do that with federal government jobs but you may be able to make the connection in the private sector.
- Polish your resume. One size doesn't fit all. Try not to use a template.
- Use Keywords. Study job postings online and create a list of common words and competencies used by the employers. They're called, "keywords." Place key competencies that include key words in a core competency section at the top of your resume just below a profile section that defines/summarizes your professional achievements.
- Lock your fear of rejection in a box. Stop planning, revising, and re-writing. Perfect your resume and just start looking for suitable positions. Send your resume to headhunters that post positions.
- It's likely to take longer to find a position in this economic climate. Therefore, patience and determination are critical.
For a free resume critique, please contact me, Randi Lewis, at 410-602-2500, or by email at email@example.com.
© 2009 by Resume Boutique LLC™. All rights reserved. http://www.resumeboutique.com/
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
"Why?" you ask. "It's the economy, stupid," to quote a line often stated by President Clinton's campaign officials when he was running for President in 1992. I know you live in an insulated environment and that most of your parents support you. But, the economy is contracting every day. In this economy, it's hard to find work for interns when companies have less work for their paid employees. People are getting laid off from their jobs - more than 1.2 million in January and February alone. Some newer professionals are taking unpaid internships just to stay in the working world and in the hope that they might turn into paying jobs. I have completed resumes for many young people in that position, including 2008 college grads without jobs.
If you are fortunate enough to land a few interviews for unpaid internships, do your best, learn as much about the company as you can. Know WHY you want that job and be ready to discuss YOUR CAREER GOALS and how that internship aligns with those goals. There are no certainties that you will land that internship. After all, there are hundreds of students just like you lining up for those couple of jobs.
So, if you are telephoned on Friday from one of your interviewers who calls to give you the good news, JUST SAY YES!! And sound very excited and honored. You don't have the luxury of sounding non-committal and asking when you have to let them know. You might find yourself in a situation where your offer is rescinded and given to one of the 99 people anxiously waiting behind you. That's the real world. Operate from a place of gratefulness and you will do very well in this environment.
[Do I sound like your mother or father? I hope so!] Randi
Saturday, January 17, 2009
"these feelings can be especially pronounced at life transitions such as midlife when we may question our purpose, or for businesses looking to get to the next level of growth. As a coach, my goal is to listen to and support clients to get from where they are to where they wish to go."If you are at that crossroads, contact Robin. http://robin.revcetera.com/