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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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Out of loyalty, should I tell my boss I’m interviewing?
Q:  Out of loyalty, should I tell my boss I’m interviewing? A:  That’s a nice sentiment, but the answer is No.  Until you have a job offer you want to accept, your search should be confidential. Telling your boss that you are in a job search will cue him/her to star
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Should I take interviews if I’m iffy about taking the job?
Q:  Should I take interviews if I’m iffy about taking the job? A:   Don’t waste your time or an interviewer’s (unless you simply want one practice interview) if you know, for example, a new job’s salary wouldn’t be nearly enough or the job is in a locale you defini
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What is helpful to submit with a resume and cover letter?
Q:  What is helpful to submit with a resume and cover letter? A:  It’s fine to leave it at that when you apply to a job, unless the employer asks for other items, such as references and a writing sample, or directs you to complete an electronic application. That said,
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How can I stop complicating things and be more effective?
Q:  How can I stop complicating things and be more effective? A:  Lawyers tend to over-think everything, and the resulting indecision can create delay, worry, risk, and conflict.  Yes, we need to analyze and use care, but we don’t need to fret our way through our
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Why do I need to be on LinkedIn?
Q:  Why do I need to be on LinkedIn? A:  Prospective employers will look for you there.  People looking for a lawyer in your locale search the site.  It’s a ready way to expand your network for referrals, speaking engagements, and job opportunities.  You
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Is an improvisation mindset helpful to lawyers?
Q:  Is an improvisation mindset helpful to lawyers? A:   An improv mindset is definitely an asset for lawyers. We are trained to see the loopholes, to argue, to pose our own ideas without necessarily listening well first.  Improve is a “yes, and” approach to
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