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I’d like to mentor other lawyers, but how can I find time?
Q:  I’d like to mentor other lawyers, but how can I find time? A:  Finding time is about making time by prioritizing…but there are also many ways to mentor that don’t really take time. Here are a quick half-dozen examples: Be a quiet mentor:  lead by e
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How do I become indispensable at work?
Q:  How do I become indispensable at work? A:   Very few people are truly indispensable at work, and that’s the good news.  Were you one of them, you would be on call constantly, with no back up and no alternative but to jump as high as required, as often as requi
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What if interviewers ask me what’s not on my resume?
Q:  What if interviewers ask me what’s not on my resume? A:  If you don’t have results of cases or deals on the resume, tell them you’re outcome-oriented and give them a quick example or two.  Or, give them a couple of traits not depicted–such as
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Is looking for a job really a full time job?
Q:  Is looking for a job really a full time job? A:  Lots of people say that, but I don’t think so.  To do a search well, you have to know how to fit it in with your work and life and build momentum without being overwhelmed.   Even if you are between jobs an
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Does everything on my resume have to be on my LinkedIn profile?
Q:  Does everything on my resume have to be on my LinkedIn profile? A:  No.  Make your best choices in order to keep your LinkedIn profile pertinent and focused.  It needn’t include every job, activity, or affiliation you’ve ever had but, rather, should
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What are some resources on working after retiring?
Q: What are some resources on working after retiring? A:  Of course AARP has some good resources on its site, but a site I found called RetiredBrains.com is a great place to look, too.  It has links and articles and covers a broad range from working full or part-time, in a t
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How do I address a cover letter when I don’t know the person’s name?
Q:  How do I address a cover letter when I don’t know the person’s name? A:  I think the phrase To Whom It May Concern is outdated and I feel the same way about Dear Sir or Madam. Definitely do not assume gender and write something like Gentlemen. You can call th
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Why do I feel overwhelmed about starting my job search?
Q:  Why do I feel overwhelmed about starting my job search? A:   Many lawyers feel the same way and perhaps have since the time Abraham Lincoln observed that he who represents himself has a fool for a client.  In a search, you have to represent yourself–from commi
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Do you have to put every job on your resume?
Q:  Do you have to put every job on your resume? A:   I suggest you put all relevant jobs (even for example a pre-law job, showing your long-standing focus on the legal profession).   I want you to include law jobs/internships/externships held during law school (but put
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What’s a sure-fire way to get a busy assigning attorney to answer a follow-up question?
Q:  What’s a sure-fire way to get a busy assigning attorney to answer a follow-up question? A:   First, ask good questions at the time you take the assignment, to cut down on follow-up inquiries and to show your questions are on-point.  Also ask (or find out from
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