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Shouldn’t I always negotiate for the highest salary?
Q: Shouldn’t I always negotiate for the highest salary? A: That sounds good but is it really? The relationship between what you get paid and the employer’s expectations in trade-off or the corollary relationship between how much money you actually need and what you would just
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Why am I hearing so much about meditation lately?
Q: Why am I hearing so much about meditation lately? A: It seems law student and lawyer impairment has reached that classic tipping point where more and more quality solutions are in order. Wellness is being paid more attention in schools and workplaces of all types, what with the unr
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Do we as lawyers have to be so serious??
Q: Do we as lawyers have to be so serious?? A: Well, of course we deal with serious situations and heavy consequences, daily, and of course we owe it to our clients and employers to be serious about our work. But being buttoned-down serious all day long has heavy consequences too for
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How many job search sites are too many to check?
Q: How many job search sites are too many to check? A: As you sense, time can be misspent looking at unlimited job search sites. Key amalgamator sites, such as Indeed.com or Idealist.org are important, depending on the focus of your search. Specialty sector sites such as goinhouse.com
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Why do I need to be on social media?
Q: Why do I need to be on social media? A: Lawyers resist change, but there are at least 5 reasons to be on social media (and that means at least on LinkedIn). 1) Prospective employers will look you up…and they want to find you. 2) It’s important to stay connected to and c
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How can I get a legal ethics question answered?
Q: How can I get a legal ethics question answered? A: ETHICSearch is a free legal ethics research service for members of the American Bar Association provided through the ABA Center for Professional Responsibility. Experienced ethics counsel research ABA, state, and local bar associa
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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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