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Career Questions Answered!

In one of the toughest economic climates for lawyers in decades, how to find your first job in the legal profession and what to do when you land it can lead to more questions than ever. Career Counselor and Executive Coach Sheila Nielsen is prepared to answer the tough questions. She has assisted thousands...

Finding a Job in the Legal Profession in this Tough Economy

As a new grad fresh out of law school and looking for a job, I don't need to tell you how tough it is to figure out where the opportunities exist that could work for you. In fact part of the trick of a good job search is to figure out the answer to that question and get creative about how to find...

Grit and a Growth Mindset

There seems to be a general lament among the elder generation of lawyers in regards to the quality of new law school graduates. Simultaneously, there is also a cacophony of complaints from recent law school graduates about the general state of the legal profession and the dissonance between what they...

Professionally, When Should a Woman Act More Like a Man (and Vice Versa?)

Women have made great strides in the workplace over the last several decades, but continue encountering a glass ceiling when it comes to landing top positions. Demonstrating the right mix of behaviors at work is a delicate balancing act. Researchers from Stanford and George Mason Universities found that...

Personal Strategic Planning for Associates and New Attorneys

What, precisely, is that is going to make you special (or even more special) in the marketplace over the next few years? Would you like to develop a specialized expertise in a particular technical area, in certain types of transaction, in the problems of certain types of clients? You probably can develop...

Juggling a Family and a Legal Career

I was recently asked this question by a reader: I see that you had a baby during law school. Other than the tips from the post about outside time commitments, any advice for an upcoming 1L with two tots and a wife? I was going to reply privately, but decided to post my response so others...

Landing a Job in The Legal Profession: Career Guidance Webcasts

Career advice and guidance to help you launch your legal career. Career Help Webcasts NEW! ABA 2011 President-Elect Wm. T. (Bill) Robinson III NEW! What it takes to be a Prosecutor and a Judge Alternative and Pro Bono Career Exploration Getting the Job: Using LexisNexis...

How to Handle Mistakes

Today we will focus on a situation we ALL are familiar with - a mistake. In this profession, mistakes are inevitable and we all make them, I promise. They come in a variety of fashions - missed deadlines, tardy to a meeting, poor strategy decisions, or just flat out poor execution on a project. While...

Turning Unemployment into Something Positive for You

Unemployment: The Best Thing to Ever Happen to You You sit there with your face in your hands, wondering how it could have happened to you. You just got laid off from your job and you feel empty, lost, and uncertain about your future. Despite the unemployment numbers suggesting otherwise, it seems...

Why You Should Take a Vacation from Work

The summer is almost over and you haven't enjoyed one bit of it. The recent rumblings of another recession have left you scared to do anything, but work hard and often for fear of losing your job should there be another round of layoffs. You're stressed, nervous, and worried that everything you...

Making a Good Impression at Your New Firm

Making a good first impression is critical for laying the groundwork of a successful career. How many times have you judged a person from an initial meeting? Your new boss and co-workers may similarly judge you during your first few weeks on the job. Start strong, and continue your stellar work habits...

How to be a Winner at Your Workplace

While many workers are happy to have a job during this tough economy, there are others who feel stuck, dreading the idea of waking up each morning for a job they no longer really want. These workers feel they have hit a wall with nowhere to go. They are afraid to leave their job and unhappy that they...

Career Answers for Job-Seeking Recent Law School Grads

Change in the practice of law since the recession started in 2007 may have impacted on one's career, directly or indirectly - for the recent graduate, associate or partner. I have been fortunate to counsel lawyers at all levels over the past 17 years who have gone through career and or employment...

How to Keep Your Work Resolutions This Year

It's resolution season! If you're like most Vault readers, you have a few workplace changes you'd like to make. A more organized desk, earlier start time, taking on more challenging work... or maybe you're thinking in the opposite direction, like less quality time with your iPhone, or...

Game-Inspired Career Motivation

Ever wonder why it's so hard to focus on work, but you can effortlessly play Words With Friends for hours? The steady flow of challenges and rewards may be the reason why your motivation to play games exceeding that to fill in spreadsheets. And employers are getting wise. The same concepts...

12 Things I’d Do if I Were An Unemployed 3L

With all the gloom and doom reporting out lately ( only half of graduating law students can expect jobs ! and so forth), I've been thinking about what someone who's graduating from law school in a couple of months without a job offer can do, right now, to improve their prospects. I don't...

The Duty to Speak Up

What do airlines and successful law firms have in common? An article by Alan Levin and Mary Schlangenstein provides one interesting answer: When people think that something is going wrong, they speak up. The article is based on an incident earlier this week, when the captain of a commercial...

Career Responsibility: Doing Good Even if it isn't Your Job

The concept of corporate social responsibility (CSR) has been the source of much controversy over the years. Some believe that corporations have a responsibility to do nothing more than turn a profit. Others, meanwhile, think that companies should take steps to mitigate the negative impact of their actions...

Five Quick Tips for Dealing with Mistakes

This past weekend, Greenhorn Legal hosted a practical skills boot camp for 90 Loyola 3Ls . The program was a big success and it was a pleasure getting to know such a wonderful group of future lawyers. As one part of the program, a panel of five practitioners from the Chicago legal community shared...

Ten Rules for Job Interview Success

The recent employment figures released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics showing the smaller-than-expected gain in payrolls underscore a profound challenge facing today's job seekers. Even as we lurch out of the Great Recession, the anemic pace of job creation marks what economists are calling a...

Marketing Yourself and Your Career

Whether you are a law student, new lawyer, or experienced practitioner, you should be thinking about how you are going to market your practice and build your book of business every day. This is the best way to ensure that your career - and the direction of your career - belong to you and you alone. ...

Handling Constructive Feedback Like a Professional

One of the more difficult things to get used to when you are working in a law firm (or other corporate) environment is the idea of constructive feedback. No matter how constructive the feedback, it can feel offensive, or off-putting. Instead of energizing or motivating us, we spend a few moments crafting...

Why You Need a Sponsor More than a Mentor

What support do young lawyers need to succeed? Conventional wisdom says you're good to go if you find a couple of experienced mentors and do what they tell you to do. The modern viewpoint, however, is a bit different. Now just having good mentors isn't enough - you need to find a sponsor....