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...

Helpful vs. Unhelpful Advice for New Lawyers

Someone, generally a young lawyer looking for advice, raises a totally reasonable and valid concern - say, for example, that law firms aren't particularly hospitable places to work - and gets this response: Suck it up. Stop whining. It's your fault if you can't handle the hours/the pressure...

Olympic Trials State of Mind

In a former life I was a competitive gymnast. So, I was glued to the television to watch this generation of Olympic hopefuls compete for one of five spots on the 2012 Olympic team. Only the first place winner at the Olympic Trials is guaranteed a spot. The rest are selected by a committee of coaches...

Think "Real"

In an effort to help people realize their full potential as human beings, motivational speaker Tony Robbins hosts fire walking events at his conferences. At a recent conference, 21 people were treated for burns after walking across one of Robbins's signature bed of coals. An article in the Times...

Keeping Tabs on Important Matters the Simple Way

If your ears are burning, there's a good chance someone is talking about you. Legend has it that if the right ear is burning, you are being praised. If the left ear is burning, however, you are the subject of evil intent. And that's no good. If you want to know if people are talking about you...

Delegation is a Skill You Need to Learn

Are you slightly neurotic, a control freak, a micro-manager, or generally bad at communicating your needs? Join the club. Law school engrains into its ranks the fear of horrible hypotheticals, that dozens of catastrophes could happen on the way to the train (think Palsgraf v. Long Island Railroad...

It's Not Just Who You Know....

I think it's fair to say that every one of us feels the need to be known. This is not about being popular or famous, necessarily, but rather, about connection and affirmation. We show up every day, not only for ourselves, but for the people who know us. And this is something we cannot take for granted...

How to Share Your Big Career News

Whether you have landed your first job out of law school, changed firms/offices, made partner, won a big case, or closed a major deal, there are several great ways to share this news with others. 1. Business Cards If you are a new hire or a lateral in a law firm or other office, sending your business...

Important Career Planning Tips for New Attorneys and Law Students

Career planning, resume review, interview strategies, job application strategies, job transition resources, alumni connections, sounding board...for law students and alumni alike, Career Services Offices offer valuable resources and tools. For. Free. I was a work study intern in my Career Services...

Why Law Students and Job Seekers Need Business Cards

Well, in general, why does anyone need a business card? I use them as a logical, manageable way to communicate my contact information to another person. It's a physical object that someone can refer to at a later time to either get in touch with me, or pass my contact information to another. ...

Are You Working Your Dream Job or Still Looking?

It can be hard to see the bright spots in your day and in your life if you are feeling burned out and unhappy at work. You spend a huge percentage of your life at your desk, with your colleagues, and proving that you are good at what you do. This can be totally draining if you are not in a position that...

Fear and Fearlessness

Lately this quote has been making the rounds: "What would you do if you weren't afraid to fail?" But I'm not sure that's the right question to be asking. Sure, as a mental exercise it might be helpful...I mean, I'd love to be able to snap my fingers and climb Everest...