Posts Tagged ‘Do's and Don'ts’

I was recently interviewed by Tara Kachaturoff of Teach Me Law Radio, a blogtalk radio station “with one objective in mind, to learn about the law and it’s impact on our lives.” Tara and I spoke about my business, Attorney’s Counsel, as well as other topics related to my work as Chair of the Law […]


Are you consistent? One of the biggest mistakes job seekers make is that they are inconsistent. They are inconsistent with their message, their level of professionalism and their documents. YOUR MESSAGE: If you are a lawyer seeking to change practice areas or any professional seeking a position different from the one you have, your message […]


Not including a cover letter – This is your opportunity to tell your target employer exactly why you are the perfect candidate and how your work experience exactly matches their current needs and will make their life better. Make them want to read your resume. If a job application has a section to upload your […]


Resume Do’s and Don’ts apply to everyone. But, like the law, there are rules and standards and consequences. For example, if you skip to the bottom of this post to find the link to the 5 Do’s and Don’ts you’ll miss a few additional rules. You wouldn’t skip the instructions on your exam would you!? […]


Besides the great comic, this blog post covers all of the major errors resume reviewers and hiring managers see with resume file names. Everything about you must be consistent throughout your job search. Not just the contact information at the top of your resume and cover letters but also your appearance and demeanor. Do not […]


Did you miss the New York State Bar Association’s (NYSBA) Career Development Conference? Not to worry, the speakers were wonderful and their names and affiliations are listed here: http://bit.ly/lawevent What did they say? Here are the top 6 lessons for lawyers and law students: Lesson #6:  Manage the job search panic. Don’t spend all of […]


Analogy – the inference that two or more things that are similar to each other in some respects are also similar in other respects . . . In a legal argument, an analogy may be used when there is no precedent on point. It is the agreement between otherwise dissimilar things that enables people to […]


Lawyers are trained to think, often alone and not to operate as part of a team, we are often hesitant to network. However, we already network all the time, every interaction with a client, a colleague, and a family member is a meeting, a coffee and an opportunity. Call it whatever you want. Lawyers are […]


One – Do not include an objective on your resume. Your objective is to get the job; that is why you are sending the resume. Save the space! (Note: There are some resume professionals who recommend an objective. However, in the legal industry they are not generally approved of) Two – Do not include “references […]


Do not blindly send your resume anywhere, ever; ALWAYS review it. Is your current job in present tense and all previous jobs in past tense? Does your resume have your most up-to-date contact information? Have you removed content that is not relevant and outdated? There are MANY things to look for. To make is easier […]


Welcome to reality! Cover Letter Reality. The stats are scary and as this article will tell you that you may be wasting your time! If a potential employer only spends seconds looking at your resume, do they even look at your cover letter? By now, we all know you have to customize your cover letter […]


There are plenty of style books out there. See the list to the right on this blog. Yes, In Style and the MLA Style Handbook both have a place on this list.  While most people do well in a LBD (Little Black Dress) or grey pin-stripe suit there are those people who do better, feel […]


Keep your contact information heading consistent across all of your documents, including your cover letter,  resume, thank you notes and references. Consider it your stationary stationery.


It Depends

04Feb10

Anyone who has attended law school has heard that “IT DEPENDS” is the typical answer attorneys should give to any question. Does it allow you to avoid accountability? To stall? To open the question up to additional analysis? Yes, yes and yes. It does all of those things. After I drafted this post I attended […]


Two for the price of one. 1. If you include a “skills” section, or more specifically, a “computer skills” section on your resume you do not need to include Microsoft Word on your list of skills.  Chances are you used Word to type your resume and the fact that you typed your resume indicates your obvious ability to […]