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Be prepared and go the extra mile, on your resume, on your representative experience sheet, on your interview preparation (by asking well-crafted and tailored questions) and on your follow up. Many employers are disappointed by how little candidates know about the firms and companies with which they are interviewing. Use firm websites and LinkedIn profiles to become familiar with your potential employer. Remember to affirmatively express your interest in the position.
“Justin Flowers, Lateral Link’s Director for International Placements, was direct, straightforward, and a valuable resource from the beginning regarding every aspect of the international search process. He was able to get me multiple interviews and ultimately placed me in an outstanding Asia practice. Justin not only knows the international markets and has strong relationships with key players, but he also really listens to what both clients and candidates are looking for in order to achieve the best possible solution for both.”
NYU Law School Alumnus; placed at Milbank Tweed – Hong Kong
Tip for Job Seekers: Just like when you are in trial or are at the negotiating table, seeking a job is all about telling a simple story that is compelling and makes sense. Craft your personal story to explain why you are seeking a new position and why you are a perfect fit for your dream job.
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.
Would you rather sit around and dwell on the past, wait for the future, or focus on making money now?
What might Shaft’s website look like if he were a lawyer?
Casey Berman, founder of Leave Law Behind, a blog and community that focuses on helping unhappy attorneys leave the law, discusses the fifth step attorneys can take to leave the law.
Big bucks beyond Biglaw: a partner at an elite boutique just bought a $12.5 million apartment.
If you’re still looking for a job, then perhaps you should change some of your habits. Brian Tannebaum explains what you could be doing wrong.
‘Say it, don’t spray it’ is a motto at this firm when it comes to air freshener and body odor.
Do law firms value people who have not been at the firm that long more highly than people who have been at the firm for many years?
* OMG, you guys! Michael Jackson just died. At least according to concert promoter AEG Live, whose lawyer FINALLY conceded to the claim that Jackson had passed. [CNN]
* The new NRA President is a tool lawyer! [Washington Times]
* Jim Beck reviews the works of our own Mark Herrmann: Inside Straight(affiliate link) and Drug and Device Product Liability Litigation Strategy [Drug and Device Law]
* Quinn Emanuel announces its spoils following up on the departure of Michael Lyle and Eric Lyttle from Weil. [Quinn Emanuel]
* Studies suggest that the more elite the school, the more likely its female graduates drop out of the work force after getting married and having kids. Women who run in elite circles and are therefore more likely to marry into financial secure partnerships are also less likely to keep grinding away at a job in order to put their kids through school? No kidding. [The Careerist]
* Administrative Law Judges file suit over perceived quotas that they claim trigger the depletion of Social Security. Cost-cutting legislators think the ALJs should be depleting the fund more. Blerg. [Washington Post]
* Check out the T-shirt sold at Santa Clara University. The proximity to the Santa Clara Law shirts is… fitting?
Our client is a high profile but discreet global investment house based in Abu Dhabi. With an extremely strong existing diet of deals and a very healthy pipeline, our client is now seeking to hire a number of additional lawyers for its established legal team based in Abu Dhabi. These are exceptionally rare roles require extremely talented lawyers to work on a wide range of high value and often complex funds transactions.