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Drive Your Journey: Determining the Best Social Media Platform for You

What social media platform should you focus on when working on building your professional brand? As the typical attorney answer would be, “It depends.” The advice is often given that you should be where your target clients or audience is online. While that is valid advice, the key to starting to building your brand online is to, first, be where you will enjoy it most, because, if you enjoy it, you are more likely to be consistent. Consistency is going to be the way to get noticed. Once you dominate one platform, then you can move onto others. Below are…

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Drive Your Journey: No, You Are Not Too Successful to Build Your Brand Online

“I’m already successful. I don’t need social media.” I must admit. Hearing this from attorneys, or any professionals for that matter, is my pet peeve. In my last post, I talked about how to prepare for an online first impression and how utilizing certain strategies can present you as a thought-leader to potential clients or employers. Still, in my conversations, I sometimes have attorneys who feel that, due to their current success, they need not utilize digital media to build their brand. Perhaps, digital media is not for everyone for whatever reason. However, remember: Digital media works for you when…

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Drive Your Journey: Preparing for an Online First Impression

These days, when someone goes to buy any product, they look online for reviews, to compare prices, and more. Certainly, in many instances when someone is looking to engage or hire an attorney as an employee, service provider, speaker, or other role, they also utilize the convenience of searching online, and that individual’s first impression may be based upon what he or she sees online. This presents an opportunity for attorneys. You can shape your digital presence, so that your digital presence show you to be a credible professional and someone with whom others will want to work. The top…

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Drive Your Journey: A Transition to a Holistic Career Journey

I applied to be a Ms. JD Writer-in-Residence to provide tips to women law students and lawyers on how to best deal with change. I have always known that life is filled with both desired and undesired transitions. Personally, I had a significant change in my life as I lost my fiancé unexpectedly. This transition in my life led to a mindset shift as I think about my career moving forward. Even more than ever, I understand the importance of a holistic career journey, a career where “work-life” integration is emphasized more than  “work-life” balance. The need for balance implies…

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Drive Your Journey: The Unexpected Redirection

While changes in one’s life can be intentional, there are times when the unplanned may occur. For example, you may have your heart set on practicing in a certain area of the law and not get hired in the positions to which you initially apply. You may focus on applying to positions in a certain city but get a fitting offer in another city. This may redirect your journey, but the key is to remember that you are on a journey. It does not have to be your final destination and likely will not be. First, remember to embrace where…

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Drive Your Journey: Preparing for the Road Ahead

When you are considering a change or otherwise facing change, there are typically multiple avenues to consider. You should prepare for any change by vetting the possibilities to the extent possible. There are five actions that you can take to prepare for change: 1. Consider your childhood passions. Your childhood passions can inform your adult career decisions. This is not a suggesting that you become an “arts and crafts” professional. However, it appears that basic interests tend to remain. If you liked to be creative as a child, you may pursue a role that allows for more creativity. If you…

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Drive Your Journey: Driving in a New Direction

You are cruising along a path when you get to an intersection. At the intersection, you have the option to continue straight, take a left, or take a right. Path #1 will bring you exactly where you planned to go. It is a predictable path that many have driven. Path #2 may be a shortcut to the same destination as Path #1, but it is likely a tougher path. Path #3 will bring you on an entirely different journey with a different destination. Life is filled with decision-making moments. When it comes to choosing a path to take for your…

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Drive Your Journey: Navigating Changes to Your Course

For a host of reasons, one of the (worst) questions we get asked as children is, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Although it is fine to have children develop goals, this question also starts to set an expectation in young minds that they should know exactly what they want to do. While some people know at the age of six exactly what they want to be when they grow up and take the necessary steps to create the career of their dreams, the rest of us generally fall into one of two categories (the latter…

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One of the Best Networking Tools for New Lawyers

If you are a new lawyer, the value of networking has likely been reiterated to you over and over. However, many people dread the process of networking! Writing for a law blog can be major tool to network effectively for three reasons: It can strengthen your elevator speech. By college, you were likely introduced to the concept of an elevator speech where you share your background with an individual in the time that it takes to ride an elevator. One way to distinguish your elevator speech from those of others is to say that you are a writer on a…

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