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  • Winter break is a perfect time to relax with friends and family and to recharge for the upcoming semester. However, setting aside some time during the coming weeks to focus upon your career after law school can pay dividends. Here are five tips to help you get ahead in 2016. 1) Reconnect with past colleagues and professional contacts. With the demands of law school and jobs, it is sometimes easy to let professional relationships take a back seat to more immediate concerns. The end of a calendar year is a perfect time to make a list of those with which you have worked over the past months and then reach out. The outreach can be as elaborate as a paper “Happy New Year” card with a short note, or as simple as a few-line email reminding the contact of the nature of the relationship (e.g. “It was wonderful meeting you earlier...

    5 Tips to Advance Your Career This Winter Break

    Winter break is a perfect time to relax with friends and family and to recharge for the upcoming semester. However, setting aside some time during the coming weeks to focus upon your career after law school can pay dividends. Here are five tips to help you get ahead in 2016. 1) Reconnect with past colleagues and professional contacts. With the demands of law school and jobs, it is sometimes easy to let professional relationships take a back seat to more immediate concerns. The end of a calendar year is a perfect time to make a list of those with which you have worked over the past months and then reach out. The outreach can be as elaborate as a paper “Happy New Year” card with a short note, or as simple as a few-line email reminding the contact of the nature of the relationship (e.g. “It was wonderful meeting you earlier...

  • As law students or new attorneys, you are no stranger to feedback. You receive it from professors, employers, judges and clients. On an internal level, we all react differently to feedback. It is important, however, that you handle it in a professional manner. Here are some suggestions for inviting and receiving feedback: 1) If you are not receiving feedback on your work performance, you should ask for it. Many employers offer performance reviews, but some may not. You should be eager to hear about ways in which you can improve your work or areas in which you are excelling. If you are asked to improve upon certain elements of your job, you should take steps to show your employer that you have heard his or her requests and provide examples of the ways in which you are implementing them. Employers like to know that they are heard and appreciate the...

    How to Professionally Receive Feedback

    As law students or new attorneys, you are no stranger to feedback. You receive it from professors, employers, judges and clients. On an internal level, we all react differently to feedback. It is important, however, that you handle it in a professional manner. Here are some suggestions for inviting and receiving feedback: 1) If you are not receiving feedback on your work performance, you should ask for it. Many employers offer performance reviews, but some may not. You should be eager to hear about ways in which you can improve your work or areas in which you are excelling. If you are asked to improve upon certain elements of your job, you should take steps to show your employer that you have heard his or her requests and provide examples of the ways in which you are implementing them. Employers like to know that they are heard and appreciate the...

  • If you are a job seeker, there is probably a lot on your mind.  You’re working on getting your resume edited and up-to-date, trying to stay abreast of the most recent job postings, and scheduling coffees and informational interviews.  While these are all important aspects of a job search, don’t forget about professionalism.  Here are a few tips to show an employer that you have professionalism on your mind. 1)      Always say thank you.  This seems like a no brainer, but you would be surprised by how many people forget those magic words.  Sure, it takes time to write someone a thank you note, but it’s the right thing to do.  Not only did that person take time from their busy day to talk or meet with you, but they probably offered to help you as well.  Show them your appreciation by sending a hand-written or electronic thank you. 2)     ...

    Why Professionalism is Important for Job Seekers

    If you are a job seeker, there is probably a lot on your mind.  You’re working on getting your resume edited and up-to-date, trying to stay abreast of the most recent job postings, and scheduling coffees and informational interviews.  While these are all important aspects of a job search, don’t forget about professionalism.  Here are a few tips to show an employer that you have professionalism on your mind. 1)      Always say thank you.  This seems like a no brainer, but you would be surprised by how many people forget those magic words.  Sure, it takes time to write someone a thank you note, but it’s the right thing to do.  Not only did that person take time from their busy day to talk or meet with you, but they probably offered to help you as well.  Show them your appreciation by sending a hand-written or electronic thank you. 2)     ...