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Networking and Your Job Search

by J.J. on August 30, 2014

Networking and Your Job Search

Are you an attorney or law student who has just started your job search or is interested in transitioning to a new job? If you are, then don’t forget to include networking as part of your job search.

Some attorneys and law students feel that networking is not beneficial to their job search and career. However, networking is actually one of the most important and effective ways to land a job. Nike Pas Cher It is also a skill that will help you long after you’ve obtained your new job (i.e., it will help you acquire and maintain relationships with clients). Other attorneys and law students feel that they just don’t have time to network. buy albion silver fjällräven kånken paris However, you should make time to network. cheap albion gold Hollister Magasin After all, it is a great way to make connections that could possibly open up new opportunities and allow you to learn more about your areas of interest.

Preparing for Networking

Before you begin networking, you should think about what type of people you want to network with. asics homme Also, you should think about what type of job you’re interested in. Prepare answers to questions about your career and your interests. Also, make sure that you have business cards, resumes, cover letters, and references prepared. You want to be present yourself in a professional manner, and you want to be ready when the potential opportunity presents itself.

Ways to Network

1. One of the easiest ways to network is through local city, county, and state bar associations. cheap albion gold If you are a law student, you can join the student membership section of the Bar association. Typically the different bar associations have meetings, seminars, and other gatherings where you can meet attorneys and other legal professionals in your areas of interest.

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3. Also, don’t forget to network through those you interact with everyday, such as your friends, colleagues, and classmates. You’d be surprise of how resourceful your close associates can be.

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Don’t Forget to Give Back

Once you’ve landed your job through networking, you should help others. Networking isn’t a one time event. sac a dos kanken pas cher It is a continual process. buy albion gold Maglie Toronto Raptors So, just like someone gave you a helping hand, you should give someone else a helping hand. Incidentally, by helping others, you will be building new relationships that could be beneficial to you in the future.

Remember, networking is a tool and skill that allows you to establish relationships where both you and your contacts benefit in some way.

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Job Searching during the Holidays

by A. Harrison Barnes on August 23, 2014

Are you among the many job seekers who are contemplating whether you should waste time job searching during the holiday season? If you are, I advise you to start job searching. albion gold Air Jordan 7 If you’ve already started job searching, then continue to job search. buy albion silver chaussures de foot puma Contrary to what many job seekers believe, hiring does not come to a halt during the holidays. cheap albion gold Fjallraven Kanken Sverige Hiring may slow down a little, but it still goes on. buy albion gold Nike Air Max 2016 Dame Employers still have needs for their businesses, and they must continue to fill those needs.

Additionally, there are great benefits to job searching during the holidays. cheap albion gold These benefits include that:

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  • More executives and hiring persons are in good spirits during the holidays. Their good spirits make them more open to networking and interviewing.
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  • Professionals tend to change jobs, retire, and earn promotions more during the months of November and December.

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8 Things Not to Include on Your Resume

by A. Harrison Barnes on August 4, 2014

When it comes to your job search, albion gold your resume is very important. Here are 8 things you should not include:

  1. Personal Information: Employers should never know from your resume if you are married or single.
  2. Religious affiliations: This information can work against you, buy albion silver no matter how great your credentials are.
  3. Political affiliations: The same logic applies here.
  4. Photographs: Some employers are not legally able to consider a photo in determining whether to grant an interview, cheap albion silver so often those employers will not even consider a resume that is submitted with a picture.
  5. Information about high school education: If you have graduated college, buy albion gold employers will assume you have graduated high school. cheap albion gold
  6. Negative information: Remember, albion silver the purpose of your resume is to market yourself to potential employers.
  7. Low GPA: The same logic applies here – if the information makes your application less attractive, buy albion gold leave it out.
  8. Use of personal pronouns: A resume should be written in third person. cheap albion gold It is marketing material, not a personal letter.

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Practice Makes Perfect

by A. Harrison Barnes on March 19, 2014

Does interviewing make you nervous? If so, you are in good company. Just keep in mind: the more you practice, the better you will become. A great way to prepare for an interview is to think about all of the accomplishments you have made. What in your past are you most proud of? What sets you apart from the competition? How have you contributed to other organizations you have been a part of? Focusing on what you have done well will not only help you prepare for an interview, but it will also increase your confidence.

Here are a few questions you should be prepared to answer:

1. Tell me a little about yourself.

2. What attracted you to the practice of law?

3. Why are you interested in this position?

4. What is your greatest asset? What is your greatest asset liability?

5. What contributions can you make to our organization?

6. What do you see yourself doing 5 years from now?

7. Why did you decide to go to law school? Your law school?

8. What are you long range career objectives? How did you establish these goals?

9. What three accomplishments have given you the most satisfaction?

10. In what area of law would you like to practice?

11. Do you think your law school grades are a good indication of your ability?

12. What three adjectives best describe you?

13. Why should I hire you?

14. What is your favorite movie?

15. What is the last book you read?

16. Do you work better with others, or on your own?

17. Why did you leave your last job?

18. How do you deal with stress?

19. Do you have any outstanding job offers?

20. What sets you apart from others interviewing for this position?

21. What salary are you looking for?

22. Are you aggressive?

23. Do you have any questions I can answer?

Be sure you relate your responses to the position you are interviewing for so that the interviewer will see why you are right for the position. You will inevitably be questioned about the information included on your resume, so do not forget to review the resume prior to your interview.

Rehearsing your answers will help you to feel more confident. Set up a video camera, watch yourself in front of a mirror, or get someone else to practice with you. It is true what they say, practice makes perfect.

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Being in Control

by A. Harrison Barnes on January 1, 2014

“The extent to which you take responsibility over something is the extent to which you take control over it.”–I came across this quote the other day and it got me thinking; this statement can be related to many facets of one’s life.However, as an employment advocate, I find this to be especially true.Until you are ready to put all your efforts and strength into your job search, you will never fully realize the potential that does exist.

A successful job search may require a plethora of factors.Having full control of each and every step is crucial in ultimately landing that position.Being proactive is first and foremost.Far too often, many job seekers wait for ‘things to happen’, allowing others along with external factors to control his or her destiny.Time is too precious to let go by the waste side.Every minute lost is an opportunity that may have been yours.

For those of you in the legal industry, I urge you to stop and take a closer look at the services Legal Authority provides.This process allows you to delve into every opportunity imaginable.It puts you in control of your job search from start to finish. The ability to reach out to each and every firm is a powerful resource and one which may prove vital in order to attain that desired position.

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Give Yourself the Most Options

by A. Harrison Barnes on November 7, 2013

In The Art of War, Sun Tzu said: “To be able to transform with the enemy is what is meant by ‘spiritlike‘.”

What Sun Tzu meant is that groups who win in war have no fixed form; instead, they manifest themselves in whatever way required to attain victory. They take shape in response to what obstacles they are presented with.

One of the exciting things about being an attorney is that your skills are transferable. For example, a litigator can become a construction defect attorney, a corporate attorney can practice law in Cleveland or Dubai and an intellectual property attorney can move from Texas to Pittsburgh. The fact is there are options everywhere if you know how to look and you know how to search.

One of the best uses of your talents is to expand your options and take advantage of opportunities outside your current geographic area. In the legal field, you have opportunities available to you in other cities and other markets and even other practice areas. The sky is the limit for what you can achieve.

When the economy changes, you need to be ready and willing to adapt. You need to “transform” in response to the obstacles ahead. This is what the best job seekers do. Follow their lead.

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Your Job Search

by scott on August 16, 2013

The old cliché, ‘timing is everything’ is a phrase which relates to many of life’s situations.In an attorney’s job search, this statement cannot be overemphasized enough.Often times, I hear many misconceptions such as firms do not usually hire around this time of the year or the economy is just in too bad of shape.This is a big mistake.First and foremost, a successful job search requires that you be pro-active each and every day until you have found that ideal position.Those weeks and months you are unemployed, you are potentially losing thousands of dollars in income and this, of course, can be a strain on you and your family.

Within the infrastructure of a firm or corporation, positions are often created to fill the overwhelming amount of work that filters into the legal department.This is why it is imperative to expand your job search in each and every avenue possible.Reaching out to the largest pool of potential employers will allow you to realize all of the opportunities that do exist in the present market.There is no undesirable time to send a resume and remember timing is everything!

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