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Can I interview well without bragging?
Q: Can I interview well without bragging? A: Yes. No one likes a braggart so, while interviewing requires you to advocate for yourself, it doesn’t require you to be the hero of every story you tell about your career. In fact, lawyers who claim they have no weaknesses or have nev
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Are lawyer jokes ever constructive?
Q: Are lawyer jokes ever constructive? A: Many lawyer jokes are mean-spirited attempts to discredit the profession, and those I denounce roundly. However, lawyers need a sense of humor, too, to do their best, most creative work and to enjoy each other, our work, and clients. A cartoon
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Can I cut and paste my cover letter into multiple online job applications?
Q: Can I cut and paste my cover letter into multiple online job applications? A: You can, but then make sure to go back and customize each letter at least a bit, using the information from the posting, the website, or anything else you may know about the particular employer. Rather th
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Do I always have to wear a suit to an interview?
Q: Do I always have to wear a suit to an interview? A: It’s hard to say always, but if you’re unsure, err on the side of being more dressed up than casual. If you arrive and see that all the lawyers are in khakis, jeans, or short sleeved shirts…loosen your tie and/or
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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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