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Meet and establish a relationship with a recruiter well before you consider changing jobs (they will counsel you on how to best position yourself in a move).
Never work with a recruiter who does not offer to meet you in person.
Always work with a recruiter who is located in the region in which you are seeking a job.
Always do a mock interview prior to the actual interview.
Always work with a recruiting firm that has multiple recruiters (they will have access to many more opportunities).
Ask someone for a recruiter referral—classmate, law school placement office, recruiting manager at a friend’s firm, etc.
Before considering a job change, identify the specific substantive skills you want to use and/or develop and why those skills are not being developed or utilized to your satisfaction in your current position. If the culture of your practice group or firm is inconsistent with your preferences, be able to discuss how a different culture will enhance your performance.
Job Seekers: The most important question you need to be able to answer in an interview is the question “Tell me about yourself”. The way you answer this question is you start off at the beginning of your professional life (law school, most likely), and you talk through your resume, explaining your education, experience and any jumps between employers. End with why you’re sitting in that chair interviewing with that specific employer. While there may be very many interesting and compelling personal things about you, those should not be covered in the answer to that question – save them for the “hobbies and interests” section of your resume.
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* Uh oh! The Second Circuit is having a copy/paste problem in that it copied and pasted the wrong legal standard into twelve of its immigration opinions from 2008 to 2012. Embarrassing. [WSJ Law Blog]
* Am Law named the grand prize winners of the magazine’s Global Legal Awards for the best cross-border work in corporate, finance, disputes, and citizenship. Was your firm honored? [Am Law Daily]
* An attorney at this Louisiana law firm was apparently attacked by a co-worker’s husband who claimed that the lawyer was behind his cuckolding. We may have more on this later. [Louisiana Record]
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* The best way to navigate common mistakes in the LSAT logical reasoning section is to display your logical reasoning capabilities by not taking the LSAT right now. [Law Admissions Lowdown / U.S. News]
The New York City office of Epstein Becker & Green seeks an attorney to work at the level of a fourth to sixth year associate to join its national employer-side labor and employment practice. Knowledge of the full range of federal and state employment statutes, prior litigation experience, and experience and knowledge with matters involving all aspects of labor and employment law, including discrimination, wrongful discharge, harassment, wage & hour and employment contract cases is needed.