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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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What can I do to be a leader, even as a new lawyer?
Q:  What can I do to be a leader, even as a new lawyer? A:   You may have heard the term “leading up.”  This often refers to working through others, such as your boss, to help get the job done better.  As a new lawyer, you may have more current knowledg
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What’s better atop my resume, J.D. or Esq.?
Q:  What’s better atop my resume, J.D. or Esq.? A:  Actually, neither, in my view.  Although there can be some geographical differences of opinion on this, and although J.D. is a term for your degree and for unlicensed law school graduates (while Esquire or Attorn
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Is it worth joining a bar association?
Q:  Is it worth joining a bar association? A:  The answer is yes, but it really pays off if you’re not just a passive member who only takes online CLE but never participates in a committee or event. A bar association is a place to meet fellow practitioners in order to
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Can thinking slow be better than thinking fast?
Q: Can thinking slow be better than thinking fast? A:  As lawyers, we are expected to think quickly, think “on our feet” and charge in fast, 6-minute increments.  But a new article in the ABA Law Practice Today magazine, written about law  firm diversity ini
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