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Author: Shauna Bryce

Shauna Bryce Shauna C. Bryce is a graduate of Harvard Law School with 20 years in law and legal careers. As a nationally recognized lawyer career coach, she works one-on-one with executive-level attorneys in Global 100 law firms and multibillion-dollar businesses in the U.S., Europe, and Asia, as well as regularly presents to groups of lawyers, career coaches, law students, and others. Her advice column, Ask the Hiring Attorney®, inspired by what general counsel and partner-level clients said they wish they had known while they were in law school, was originally published by Bloomberg Law. She’s the author of the How to Get a Legal Job® series and Bryce Legal® Career Advice for Lawyers blog.

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LinkedIn

Ask the Hiring Attorney: Can I ask professors to connect on LinkedIn?

June 12, 2018

There are many reasons why you might want to connect with professors on LinkedIn, especially law professors. They tend to be well connected, especially within their technical fields. They could also provide you with LinkedIn recommendations or skills endorsements. It’s clear connecting with professors benefits you, but should you ask to connect?

Resume Photo

Ask the Hiring Attorney: Can I put my photo on my resume?

May 14, 2018

Under international resume standards, photos are fine. Those international resumes (usually we call them CVs) also might include other personal information like marital status, number of children, age, nationality, and citizenship status. In the U.S., however, we don’t include any of that information on resumes.

Signatures

Ask The Hiring Attorney: Do I have to sign a cover letter that’s electronically delivered?

April 12, 2018

Today, most employers are allowing job candidates to submit their resumes electronically—whether by email or by uploading their application package into an online database. In many cases, employers require the candidate’s resume to be uploaded, but also allow candidates to attach other documents like a cover letter. So job candidates are asking themselves whether a cover letter that’s electronically delivered needs to be signed, just like a cover letter that’s mailed.

Responding to e-mail

Ask the Hiring Attorney: Do I respond to informational emails from the partner?

March 12, 2018

There are many possibilities when a partner includes you, the law firm intern, on e-mails. Perhaps he expects a response from everyone. Perhaps he expects a response from senior team members, but not from you. Perhaps others are responding, but they’re not hitting “reply all.” Or perhaps he doesn’t expect or want a response from anyone. The best way for you to know what his expectations and preferences are is to ask. 

Job Seeker with Resume

Ask the Hiring Attorney: How do I show my bar status on my resume?

June 16, 2016

Q: I’ve taken the bar exam, but I haven’t been admitted yet. As I send out resumes to law firms for entry-level attorney positions, how do I show this? A: Be very clear what your licensing status is. Depending upon where you are in the process, you can indicate

Expertise

Ask the Hiring Attorney: How can I sound qualified?

May 19, 2016

Substantive knowledge is generally not a condition of employment for entry-level lawyers. Employers typically don’t expect current law school students and recent graduates to have much substantive or working knowledge of practice areas, especially those entry-level lawyers who have had little or no work experience. Your first challenge isn’t to sound more qualified; it’s to become more qualified!