I often tell candidates that their resume is the least important part of their job search. Of course you want to have a strong resume that accurately reflects your experience (and why it is relevant to the position that interests you.) But many jobs are lost at the interview stage. So if you are in a job search, spend more time preparing for interviews. I would add that an effective job search should include a lot more than sending out resumes in response to job postings. Get out and meet people who may be in a position to give you information about the job market (a/k/a informational interviewing.)
Many successful professionals will tell you that a key to their success was having a good mentor. Catalyst, an organization that promotes the advancement of women in corporations and professional service organizations, has done research on the importance of the mentors in the lives of successful women. Here are some tips for working effectively with your mentor.
Lawyers have been blogging back since the early days of the medium (i.e. 3 years ago). While many lawyers are beginning to embrace the medium as a good marketing tool, opportunities still abound to make a name for yourself in the blogosphere.
Dealing effectively with difficult people requires a high level of emotional intelligence. An article in the Boston Globe suggests that emotional intelligence can be learned.
If you work with other lawyers, then it probably makes sense to invest some time and energy learning these skills.
Burnout is not only something that can occur on your way to success, it is something that can happen after you reach the “top” (for lawyers in a law firm, that means partnership.) Professionals and executives who reach a point in their life where they have accomplished their goals but are now feeling “is this all there is?”, may be experiencing burnout. The Career Journal gives some tips for recognizing the symptoms and offers some constructive advice about how to combat these feelings.
Gibson Dunn has announced that it is adopting a two tier partnership. I predict that in the next ten years, law firms will follow the lead of the large accounting firms and insert several new steps between associate and partner. In many ways, it makes no sense for a large organization to have so few opportunties for advancement. But law firms are conservative by nature and change is slow in this profession.
Ward Bower of Altman Weil doesn’t see this happening any time soon.
It seems obvious that good teamwork can affect the quality of professional services. New research by Harvard Business School shows that surgeons who work in more than one hospital have better outcomes in facilities that demonstrate a higher level of teamwork. Could the same be true for lawyers and law firms? Career lesson: choose a work environment that fosters good teamwork.
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