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August 9, 2013

Legal Sector Bounces Back by Adding 2,800 Jobs in July

The legal industry added 2,800 jobs in July after suffering major losses on the employment front during the previous two months, according to seasonally adjusted preliminary data released Friday by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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August 13, 2013

Autumn Workshop Series


Join us at our Autumn Workshop Series sponsored by the Office for Women and the YWCA of White Plains.

The 4-week series will be held on at the YWCA, 515 North Street, White Plains
on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30pm, starting on September 10th.

See flyer for more information. To Register, call 914-995-5972.

Autumn Workshop flyer FINAL.pdf

August 20, 2013

Upcoming LIT Programs

LIT Networking Breakfast | Mastering the Elevator Speech
Wednesday, September 11, 2013

- Location -
Wilson, Elser, Moskowitz, Edelman & Dicker LLP
150 East 42nd Street
New York, NY
8:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

Lawyers in Transition - Breakfast Series
Featuring: Carol Schiro Greenwald, Ph.D., Consultant, MarketingPartners

The last day to pre-register online is September 10, 2013. Register online now

Mock Interviewing Panel | Lawyers in Transition | Free Webcast & Live Program
Friday, September 20, 2013

- Location -
Syracuse University College of Law
104 McNaughton Hall
Syracuse, NY 13244

Mock Interviewing Panel - Laweyers in Transition - Live & Webcast
12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The last day to pre-register online is September 20, 2013. Register online now

Building Your Personal Brand | Lawyers in Transition | Free Webcast & Live Program
Wednesday, October 9, 2013

- Location -
Anchin Block & Anchin LLP
1375 Broadway
New York, NY

Lawyers in Transition - Building Your Personal Brand
Program Faculty:
Marcia Nelson, Practice Growth Manager, Anchin, Block & Anchin, LLP
Ann Collier, MPP, JD, Founder, Arudia
Julia Bonem, Career Change for Good
9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

The last day to pre-register online is October 8, 2013. Register online now

LIT Breakfast Networking Best Practices
Thursday, October 10, 2013

- Location -
Bar Association of Erie County
438 Main Street
Sixth Floor
Buffalo, NY

Lawyers in Transition - Breakfast Series
Featuring: Vincent E. Doyle, III, Esq., Connors & Vilardo, LLP

The last day to pre-register online is October 10, 2013. Register online now

August 22, 2013

Tips for Moms Returning to the Workforce

Tips for Moms Returning to the Workforce

By Stacy S. Kim, Ph.D. founder of Life Junctions LLC

Last week, many women contemplating re-entering the workforce after taking a career break to raise their children silently suffered. Reading the New York Times Sunday Magazine cover story, "The Opt-Out Generation Wants Back In" they learned how moms like themselves, who had excellent educations and had "opted-out" of promising careers, were now struggling to get find employment. It was discouraging.

I'd like to provide some encouraging tips. I write this as someone who studied work-family issues in graduate school and at research institutions, left a promising career in research and academia to raise my children, searched for various ways to re-enter the workforce, then eventually started my coaching practice. For me, coaching was not only the best way to re-enter and have a flexible schedule, but also the best way for me to help other talented and caring women re-enter the workforce and balance career and family. In addition, I also coach employed parents who may not have taken career breaks as well as professionals who do not have children balance their own work and family lives.

Every mother has a unique set of circumstances, resources, and values. And, thus I've found that each parent has to figure out what is going to work for her and her family. I help women find that unique solution through research-based strategies and my experience coaching many other women in similar situations.

If you've left your job to care for your children and are now thinking about returning to paid employment (I don't call it "work," because raising children is most certainly "work," too), I recommend an article from another New York newspaper, The New York Post, "Back in Business: How to Bounce Back Into the Workforce Post-baby."

In the article I talk about starting small and getting your feet wet, something I've written about before. [http://lifejunctions.wordpress.com/tag/baby-steps/]. I'd like to elaborate a bit here and share additional suggestions that can be helpful to anyone wanting to start something new or restart something paused.

First, don't grade, rank, or score yourself before you've even arrived at the starting line. Whether you're starting something new or trying to relaunch yourself, you need confidence. Yet, this is also a time when self-confidence can easily be at its lowest. Making snap judgments doesn't help. For one thing, self-criticism at such an early juncture is more than likely to be inaccurate. You may be telling yourself the following:

"I'm rusty. I've been out of the game too long."
"The rest of the world has advanced, but I've stood still."
"So many other people out there could do this better than I can."

While the comments above reflect common fears, they haven't been tested or proven true.

Moreover, we are our harshest critics. Women are especially quick to judge themselves negatively. So our early pronouncements are also likely to skew in that direction. This self-doubt makes it even harder to feel motivated.

Rather than assuming such doubts are justified, you have to first get started to determine what is true and what is not. Withhold judgment until you have more evidence. More often than not, the self-doubt is exaggerated.

Second, how do you get over the self-doubt and harsh self-criticism and actually get started? Instead of judging, try to adopt the attitude that you can learn. Rather than saying, "I've always been a big firm lawyer. What makes me think I can start my own shop?" focus on finding out how others went out on their own or simply grab coffee with a friend at a smaller firm. If it helps, tell yourself you're simply doing some "poking around" and not making any commitments just yet.

Adopting the attitude that you can learn is not only more useful, it can also inspire creativity and be energizing. Instead of saying, "The market is too tight; I'll never find a job," try, "I wonder what employers need most now and what new opportunities there are in a slower economy?" Don't dismiss even "far-fetched" dreams without some reflection or exploration. Perhaps you had always wanted to be a vet. Pondering about what attracted you to that particular profession or even just visiting a vet's, may help you rediscover something about yourself or give you hints about what you could do next.

Finally, everyone knows networking is key, and there is good advice concerning that in the article. When you start networking, however, be aware that when people give advice, sometimes that advice, while relevant to them, may not be relevant to you. Those who want to help may urge you to do what they did because it worked for them. For example, while going back to school to earn an MBA helped your mentor, it may be neither relevant to nor feasible for you.

Others may steer you away from jobs that didn't work out for them or ignited their own fears. For example, a client of mine who wanted to leave the "safe" profession she shared with her father met with a lot of resistance from him for wanting to try something "too risky." Another client was haunted by her parents' insistence that jumping from firm to firm showed disloyalty. She had to assert that in her industry her firm-specific skills were becoming obsolete and that in this day and age -- as opposed to her parents' -- she needed to switch jobs in order to advance.

The key is to remember the source of any advice you receive and put it into context. Ask yourself, "Is this relevant to me?" and "Is this relevant now?"

Making a change requires effort. The more it matters to you, the more vulnerable you may feel. So, at times, you may get discouraged or feel overwhelmed. At the same time, however, it doesn't have to be agonizing or painful.

This article originally ran under a different title on LifeJunctions.com

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