Remember that everything on your resume is fair game during the interview. Pull out your resume. Read through it carefully, think about every line, every accomplishment. Why is it on your resume? What technical qualification or “soft” skill does it convey? What is the story behind it? What did you learn?
Asking for—and getting—letters of recommendation is not as hard as you think. The law professors and practicing attorneys you’re nervous about won’t be surprised by your request. They know jurisdictions can require bar candidates to submit these letters as part of their bar application. They were in your shoes once too—they all applied for bar admissions, and likely they had to collect similar letters from people they didn’t feel they really knew well.
Didn’t get past the first round of interviews? There are ways you can interviewers for feedback to help you on your next opportunity. But you have to take the right approach.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Ask the Hiring Attorney: How do I stand out at a law firm holiday reception while still playing it safe?
Q: I’m a law student getting ready to attend holiday receptions hosted by law firms. I hear so much about what I shouldn’t talk about, what I shouldn’t wear, what I shouldn’t do. So what can I do? How I can stand out in a room where everyone’s wearing a
Q: How in-depth should our research be into each law firm outside of knowing its general practice areas and those of the interviewer? A: I’m glad you’re thinking ahead! Preparation for the interview is critical for success and one of the easiest ways you can distinguish yourself from other job candidates
“What are your greatest strengths?” is a common interview question that makes job candidates struggle. The question creates a two-fold problem.
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
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!
When we talk about professionalism, we’re talking about a few things, all of which work together to demonstrate that you are trustworthy and competent.