The typical person heading into a job interview at a law firm has done his or her homework. Generally this involves finding out whatever details and background information are available about the company and its principles, while also learning about the specific position being offered. Yet invariably, no matter how prepared one is, an interview is a high-pressure, high-stress situation. You’re aware that you have just this one chance to make a good impression, and that your interviewer has likely heard it all before, so it may be difficult to actually say anything that would impart a favorable or distinctive view of you, regardless of your qualifications. Is there anything an interviewee can do to up the odds in his or her favor?
The Baby Boomer Generation is reaching retirement at an alarming pace as Generation Y comes into the job market. Someone is going to have the fill those shoes. I stress to the older generations the need to work together with the young up and comers to correct the problems or else we are doomed to repeat the same mistakes. No nonsense, no sarcasm, no belittling – just give us the facts and help us to fix the problems, we’ll all get a whole lot further that way.
While you’re job hunting for that perfect full-time job, don’t shy away from taking short-term assignments or contracts – they offer much more in terms of opportunity than appears at first glance.
Many people view cover letters as a throwaway, something not requiring a good deal of time or attention. They assume that their stellar work experience, as expounded upon in their resume, will do the necessary work for them, dazzling recruiters and prompting a phone call for an interview, if not an immediate job offer.
Many firms start their Q1 Recruiting around this time of the year. The beginning of the new year is often rich with fresh budgets, new contracts and new ideas- which means more room for hiring new associates, paralegals and legal clerks.
Perhaps you’ve been looking for a job for some time, or are soon going to be entering the world of the employment seeker. These days, with job opportunities more scarce than ever, it’s critical that your resume be the best it can be, so that it doesn’t automatically wind up in the recruiter’s circular file…
We’ve all been through it- flubbed a term in an interview, sent the wrong cover letter to the wrong person, accidentally asked the person interviewing you if she was pregnant (she isn’t) … It happens. You can’t prevent every mistake when searching for a job, but you can prepare yourself as much as possible.