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I am a lawyer who was just shy of getting my Ph.D. in psychology. My field work was law-related, but now I’m having trouble getting lawyers to take me seriously in a job search. Do you have advice?

Q: I am a lawyer who was just shy of getting my Ph.D. in psychology. My field work was law-related, but now I’m having trouble getting lawyers to take me seriously in a job search. Do you have advice?

A: Be sure your résumé prioritizes your legal education and related experience. Include a sentence in your cover letter about the ways your Masters degree helps you understand human behavior, the ways people make core decisions, and how to communicate clearly, even in critical circumstances or conflict….and, thus, makes you a more skillful lawyer.

Also, consider networking with other lawyer/psychologists. Do an online search to learn about them and contact them, based on your commonalities, to hear more about their career paths and their thoughts about people to talk with as you forge yours.

Who knows–maybe one of them will even be your next employer!