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When applying for a job, is it appropriate to contact attorneys at the company/firm who went to my law school or undergrad in order to get a good sense of the place?
After my job interview my interest level has waned. Is it ok to withdraw midway through the process or should I keep an open mind and complete it?
I’m working on two temp projects while I look for a full time job. I plan to complete both projects during my first few months in my permanent role. When and how should I raise this in an interview?
I’m a 3rd year patent prosecution associate. How do I successfully transition to a patent litigation practice?
The partner for whom I work plans to retire next year (confidentially). We are the only two in the practice and I’m worried I will get laid off when she leaves. What are my options?
How much experience is “too much” experience for a job?
Life is pretty bad for me. I hate my job and am going through a divorce. Is it ok to look for a new job now?
Why are employers so biased against relocation candidates? Would attending an MBA or LLM program in my desired city help my candidacy?
I’m a 9th year lawyer seeking a new job. Should I drop my law school clinics/summer associate gigs from my resume? What if they directly relate to the job I’m applying for?
I’m leaving a miserable job and need a break to decompress. Can I take it or will the employment gap hurt my career?
Recruiters won’t work with me because their clients “only want candidates from Top 20 schools”. After 15 years of law practice, why does my law school still matter?
As a senior manager is it career suicide to take a lower, more junior role for work-life balance? Are there any other career options?
What’s the best way to tee up great references before I start my job search?
Should I include my GPA on my resume?
How To Sell Yourself as a Rock Star Without Feeling Like a Used Car Salesman.
Why do some employers require Big Law firm experience for their in house jobs?
Everything You Need To Know About Start-Ups and Their First Lawyers.
Are resumes that only include a bullet point list of accomplishments attractive to employers?
Associates are fleeing law firms in droves. These are the Top 3 reasons why.
Big Company or Big Law – Which is Best?
What is the best way to withdraw my candidacy for a new job without burning a bridge?
How long is it acceptable to keep an employer waiting after receiving a job offer? I’m interviewing for a few other positions and want extra time to play those out before I decide.
I was a finalist for a job at my dream company, but didn’t get it. I’m crushed and still want to work there, so how do I preserve my relationship with the hiring manager without looking like a stalker?
My male colleague aggressively promotes himself and is considered a leader. I want to do the same, but as a woman I feel like I’ll be judged negatively. What should I do?
The Degradation of Our Professional Environment…and How To Win it Back.
Tell me about the hiring cycle for law firm partners. How has it evolved?
I interviewed for a job and the interviewer was disengaged, disinterested and preoccupied. I was totally thrown off. How do I handle this if it happens again?
Words. Words. Words.
I’m miserable in my job and have been diagnosed with depression. I want to leave, but I can’t afford to pay my bills without another job. I feel trapped and helpless. What should I do?
I was passed over for GC and now want to leave the company. How do I address my reasons for leaving without sounding negative and bitter?
I’m looking for a new job and I’ve met with several of my network contacts to discuss my search. Is it ok to follow up? If so, how soon…and what do I say?
Is it ok to include a personal photo on a resume?
I’ve been in the same job for a long time. I’m in a rut and need something new. What are the first steps I need to take to figure out my next career move?
The Decline of Professional Courtesy.
How can I switch practice groups within my current law firm?
The Five Rings.
I’m a law firm partner and want to switch firms. Besides my book of business, what else can I do to increase my marketability?
I think my looks are hurting my interview success. Should I hire a personal stylist to improve my image?
The 3 biggest interview mistakes.
My law department recently won a very prestigious award. Is it appropriate to mention this in my resume or cover letter? If so, how?
I’m a corporate securities lawyer at a software company. I received an offer for a better title and more money from a life sciences company. Will it hurt me to switch industries if I want to return to software one day?
I was promoted to GC in my company and am being paid below market. When is the appropriate time to ask to be brought up standard GC market compensation? 3 years? 5 years? 10 years?
I’m a law firm lawyer and have lost out on in house jobs to lawyers who already have in house experience. What can I say next time to overcome this objection?
I’m a first-year associate at a small firm and have brought in several clients including two large cases. Can I ask for a bonus for these cases? Is so, what’s reasonable to expect and how should I ask?
I’m a litigator and am interviewing for an in-house commercial position. How do I best sell myself so I can get the job?
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