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What if I get feedback on my work and I disagree?
Q: What if I get feedback on my work and I disagree? A: First, don’t argue with your supervisor. Explaining or trying to justify why you did something can seem like arguing…so use care in having that dialogue to make it plain that you’re not arguing, but truly trying
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Do I have to dress up for a video interview?
Q: Do I have to dress up for a video interview? A: Yes. Treat a video interview like an in-person interview. If you’re casual, your posture and demeanor may come across as casual about the opportunity as well. While you shouldn’t appear stilted or overly formal, the watchw
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Are there templates for cover letters I can use?
Q: Are there templates for cover letters I can use? A: There are cover letter templates online or available through your alma mater’s career office, but I don’t suggest you use them. It’s important to write an individualized cover letter rather than use one others cr
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How do I best deal with office politics in my new job?
Q: How do I best deal with office politics in my new job? A: Find a mentor/ colleague who can fill you in on the office politics and power structure. Listen, but avoid commenting. Forge a relationship with at least one well-positioned person in the office who will champion you and you
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What are some good next jobs for a general practitioner?
Q: What are some good next jobs for a general practitioner? A: By definition, general practitioners have broad experience in a number of practice areas. In-house counsel roles often require such breadth, particularly in small to mid-size companies or in universities. Similarly, small
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What traits help lawyers advance in their careers?
Q: What traits help lawyers advance in their careers? A: Some are traits lawyers can readily work on, such as being a better listener, a more engaging and sought-after colleague, or a visible persona (whether through publishing, presenting, taking on ever more complex legal work, enga
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How do I begin to think about an alternative career?
Q: How do I begin to think about an alternative career? A: Start by thinking about what you’ve done and enjoyed, professionally and personally. Employers need to see the nexus in order to think about hiring you. If, for example, you enjoy advocacy and public speaking (but not li
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What’s the best way to handle criticism of my work?
Q:  What’s the best way to handle criticism of my work? A:  First, try to see feedback, even if it’s critical, as constructive. Second, try not to argue about it or you may get less feedback in the future.  Third, ask quick questions about how you could have improve
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Do I refer to lawyers I networked with in a cover letter to their firm?
Q:  Do I refer to lawyers I networked with in a cover letter to their firm? A:  Yes. Don’t overstate their involvement in your search, but do refer to them as you apply to their workplace.  It’s important to avoid contacting employers cold, when you can; even puttin
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Can I be open about my job search at a networking event?
Q: Can I be open about my job search at a networking event? A:  Lawyers’ professional communities tend to be small worlds even in big cities.  At an event, you want to network for connection:  Who can you meet there to follow up with, afterward and confidentially, abo
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