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October 10, 2012

More strategic ways to land employment in a tough economy

By Hillary Mantis

There is good news -- the legal industry now employs 3,200 more people than it did a year ago. And there is bad news -- the legal sector lost 1,400 jobs in August alone. If you buy into the negative chat, it's not going to help you get a job. It can only bring you down. Here are five ways you can strategically act to get a job in a challenging economy.

1. Stay positive: A student I met recently told me that all her friends told her "there's nothing out there, no one's hiring." The same student wisely decided to ignore them, did her job search by herself, and ultimately found a great job. Not that you have to isolate yourself, but it's important to surround yourself with positive people.

2. Focus on areas that are hiring: Certain areas, such as healthcare and energy law, are expected to show growth this year. See the National Association for Placement (www.nalp.org), and the Robert Denney marketing report (www.robertdenney.com) as well as recent articles in the National Jurist Employment Insider, for more growth areas and predictions.

3. Attend events at your school: While you are still a student, it's much easier to do this -- law schools are generally chock filled with opportunities to meet alumni and practitioners at seminars, alumni events, luncheons and CLE programs. I have talked to many former students who have successfully utilized this job search method. If you are already a graduate you can still attend some. For example, get a business card from a panelist who practices entertainment law. Then contact them at a later date for networking purposes.

Along the same lines, take opportunities to get to know your Professors. They are often very tapped in to the legal community and may have friends or colleagues who are hiring. If you have graduated, email them once in a while to let them know what you are doing.

4. Target your résumés and cover letters: One size fits all just doesn't work anymore for résumés and cover letters. These days, most students and graduates have different versions of their résumé and cover letter so they can target different practice areas, and legal settings.

5. Take advantage of opportunities through bar associations: Many local bar associations offer free or very low cost memberships to students and recent graduates. Some have their own job boards; most also offer membership on their different practice area committees, which can be a fabulous way to network. The American Bar Association also offers limited free membership to recent grads -- see www.ambar.org/graduation for more information.

And remember, it is always better to think long term. After you have been admitted to the bar and have a year under your belt, it will be much easier to make a job transition. If you don't find exactly what you what right now, you have a lot of years ahead to get to your goal.

Hillary Mantis works with law students, pre-law students and lawyers. She is the author of Alternative Careers for Lawyers. You can write to Hillary at altcareer@aol.com

Originally published in the National Jurist

October 13, 2012

Love Your Job's Career Workshop

Thinking About the Next Step?

Attend LYJ (Love Your Job)'s Career Workshop for Women Lawyers

Women Lawyers: Are you thinking about the next step in your career; possibly changing jobs within the law or embarking on a new career or path? Are you unhappy in your current position but feel stuck, uncertain or unclear about your options? If so, this workshop is for you. Co-led by Jennifer Bird and Suzanne Grossman on Sunday, December 2, 2012.


In this workshop you will:

  • Discover alternatives to your current career both within and outside the law
  • Gain clarity on your goals and dreams so you can move more effectively in the right direction
  • Examine what might be holding you back from making a change
  • Do thoughtful exercises to gain clarity on your values, strengths and ideal next position
  • Expand your network by meeting other accomplished women in the legal profession
  • Understand the power of networking and learn how to make better use of your networks
  • Receive tips, tools and resources on searching for positions in and out of the law
  • Learn to write resumes and cover letters that highlight your transferable skills
  • Learn about keys to success and potential pitfalls as you contemplate making a change

Limited to 8-12 women to ensure personalized attention. The workshop is $350. Early registration discount: Register by Tuesday, November 27 and pay $300. You may also put down a $150 deposit and pay the remainder on the day of the workshop. Contact Suzanne Grossman at lyjnow@gmail.com or (908) 309-5315 or Jennifer Bird at jennifer.bird@gmail.com or (203) 464-9551 with any questions.

Full registration details: http://lyjnow.wordpress.com/events-and-workshops

Time and Location: 11:00am to 4:00pm, convenient downtown Manhattan location.

About Jen Bird: Jen Bird is a Vice President with the legal search firm Empire Search Partners where she consults with attorneys of all levels and specializes in legal in-house in addition to law firm associate and partner placements. Previously, Jen was an associate at the law firm White & Case LLP. Jen received her JD from Yale Law School and her BS from Brown University. She is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Community Mediation Servicesin Jamaica, Queens, and has recently been profiled on Vault.com.

About Suzanne Grossman: Suzanne has led classes for women jobseekers in NYC called LYJ (Love Your Job) Search since 2009. She works with college students in the CUNY system on their career aspirations, and has mentored and worked with women at the Institute for Women's Leadership at Rutgers University and at the Woodhull Institute for Ethical Leadership. She received her BA from Tufts University and MA from Rutgers University. Her writing on career issues appears on the Huffington Post and on the blog, LYJ - Love Your Job, Love Your Life, which she shares with like-minded colleagues.

October 14, 2012

Comedians at Law October 23, 2012

The Comedians at Law are a group of 5 lawyers who transitioned from their legal careers to careers in comedy. They've performed for bar associations, law firms, and law schools across the country as well as performing at some of the nation's top comedy clubs. On October 23, 2012, they'll be appearing at NYC's Gotham Comedy Club (208 W. 23rd Street, NY, NY). For tickets: http://gothamcomedyclub.com/show.cfm?id=183251&cart. For group purchases (10 tickets or more), please contact Alex Barnett at alex@comediansatlaw.com

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