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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.

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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.

Want employment and career advancement? Write down your road map

Want employment and career advancement? Write down your road map

December 28, 2015

You want meaningful employment and career advancement. The question is how to use your time in law school most effectively to achieve your goals. In the current period of challenging market changes, law students secure meaningful employment by differentiating themselves from other law students. The problem, Indiana law professor Bill Henderson

10 things I’ve learned in a year of job searching

10 things I’ve learned in a year of job searching

December 11, 2015

The job market is still tough. It has been a little over a year since I got my pass results, and I am still job hunting. As such, I wanted to share with you some tips I have for bar takers while on the hunt for work. I spent the first three months

The top five lifestyle choices to consider for after law school

The top five lifestyle choices to consider for after law school

December 04, 2015

How do you see your life after graduating law school? All work, no play? Little bit of both? If you think you have no control over this outcome, you’re wrong. You absolutely do. So take steps while you’re in law school to impact your lifestyle after. Your quality of life after

Look smart this summer

April 01, 2015

Well, anytime, really—but these tips might especially help you if you’re headed off to a summer associate position or your first “real job.” What behaviors help you seem smart—and which ones will sabotage your efforts to

How to Survive Your First Year on the Job

March 16, 2015

You’ve landed your first job out of law school . . . congratulations! Now you’re all set to start working, but you may be a bit nervous about making a good impression as you launch your legal career. What can you do to start off on the right foot and

Live in X but Want to Work in Y? Here’s How to Make the Leap

February 01, 2015

So you have decided to look for opportunities beyond your current law school’s typical geographic footprint. Or you’ve become so passionate about a practice focus that you are willing to go anywhere to practice. Here’s some practical tips for helping you figure that out. The first thing you need to do

10 Job Search Tips for Law Students and New Graduates

January 01, 2014

First, let’s recognize that all job searches are stressful. The closer you are to graduation, the more pressure you likely feel. Along with pressure, you will probably experience a range of emotions including nervousness, intimidation, being overwhelmed, frustation, and—hopefully—elation at the end. Here are some tips to help you through

In-House Law: Do They Even Hire Students?

November 01, 2013

The stereotypical career trajectory for an in-house lawyer begins at a midsize to large law firm. As corporate legal departments have not traditionally been equipped to tackle the intensive training and development that new attorneys require, many are happy to leave associate training to the firms. The corporations underwrite the

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How to Make Your Job Search Fit Your Schedule

September 01, 2013

Get Focused In a tight job market, law students in need of experience will often say, “I will take any job anywhere.” While flexibility and adaptability are critical qualities, casting your net too wide results in an unfocused job search taking an incredible amount of time and that is ultimately less

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Salary Negotiations 101

May 01, 2013

Rule #1: Know Why You Are Negotiating Engaging in salary negotiations simply to conform to preconceived salary expectations or to gain a slight salary increase is needless and may jeopardize an offer of employment. Knowing whether negotiations are warranted takes factual investigation and self-awareness. Some of the right reasons to engage

Do You Have Any Questions for Me?

April 02, 2013

Pop quiz time! This is: (a) a polite, rhetorical question casually offered as a wrap-up to the interview or (b) a make-or-break moment in which you have a final chance to show that you are the best candidate for the job? If you answered “a,” you have undoubtedly passed up

Mind Your Mannerisms: It's Not Just What You Say But How You Say It

March 03, 2013

You’ve pressed your interview suit, printed extra copies of your résumé and writing samples, and researched your interviewer and potential employer. You have gone over your answers to potential interview questions in your head a million times. You are ready to enter that interview

The Other Legal Jobs

February 01, 2013

Although the employment market remains soft, there are opportunities for those who pay attention to the businesses and industries that are weathering the recession—particularly those that might be expected to show growth in the near future and those that value a legal background. Many of these opportunities lie outside the traditional

Legal Recruiters: Fact vs. Fiction

January 01, 2013

In an effort to lighten the load and get some help on the job hunt, both law students and new lawyers reviewing the resources available to them often wonder about recruiters. Do recruiters work with law students? Who are they and what do they really do? Are they worth it?

The Performance Review

April 01, 2012

The performance review. In concept, it sounds like a good idea: An employer regularly takes time to review the work of the employee in order to evaluate progress on such areas as professional goals, quality of work, job knowledge, potential, and interpersonal relationships in the workplace. Once reviewed, the employer

Where are the jobs?

November 01, 2011

It's not news that for grads leaving law school, competition for entry-level positions is stiff and jobs are difficult to come by. But this doesn’t mean they are impossible to find—it just means applying a little more time and creativity to your search.