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Post-OCI Job Strategies; By Sara Gail, Esq.

It is that time of year--you had a great summer; you polished up your resume and your shoes; and you tried to find a job through your school’s on campus recruiting efforts.  But OCI is over and perhaps it didn’t go your way.  What do you do now? The first thing to do is to take a deep breath.  Assess and accept your position. You didn’t get the job of your dreams—or at least not yet.  So take a minute to ask yourself a few questions and answer them honestly. What type of job do you want?  Do you want…

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Rediscover Your Cover Letter; By Kristina Marlow, Esq.

Didn’t land that interview? Maybe you should blame Seymour Rubinstein. It was his company, after all, that developed the software that has allowed computer-savvy job searchers to “personalize” their stock cover letters using the mail merge function.You may have carefully drafted a solid, all-purpose letter and expected that merging it with the name and title of the firm recruiter would be sufficient. In this economy, you told yourself, you don’t have time to tailor each letter; you simply need to apply to as many firms as possible.As the recipient of many of those letters – sometimes addressed to Mrs. Kristina Marlow or in…

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Lateral Link Job of the Week!

 Today’s Job of the Week, provided by Lateral Link, presents an excellent opportunity for attorneys specializing in Private Equity / M&A work at an Am Law 100 firm in Chicago. Home to an abundance of international corporate headquarters and U.S.-based operations, the city has continued to grow into a burgeoning center for global business. If you’re interested or know someone interested in this kind of work, it’s worth taking a look at this opportunity.Position: Private Equity / Venture Capital PartnerDescription: Chicago office of prominent Am Law 100 firm is seeking a Private Equity / Venture Capital partner with portable business of at…

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Lateral Link’s JOB OF THE WEEK!

Editor's Note: Lateral Link's Job of the Week is a new feature at Ms. JD. Register at Lateral Link to find other job opportunities in your area. Today’s Job of the Week, provided by Lateral Link, presents a great opportunity for a Real Estate Finance Associate at a top firm in the Lone Star State. If you’re interested in being part of some of the state’s biggest real estate transactions, this may just be the opportunity you’ve been looking for.Position: Real Estate Finance Associate.Description: A Texas firm is looking to fill a Real Estate Finance Associate in multiple offices throughout the state.…

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Lateral Link and Ms. JD are proud to present the Dallas Women’s Mid-Level Associate Forum  

  You are cordially invited to the Dallas Women's Mid-Level Associate Forum (WMLAF), an opportunity for all women associates in the Dallas area to meet, network and share ideas and thoughts.  In addition, a panel of female leaders in the legal industry will provide their insight, wisdom and share their own personal experiences about their legal careers and the path that lead them to where they are today.The event will be held from 3pm to 5:30pm, on September 14, 2012. Presented by Lateral Link and Ms. JD, scroll down to read about the details and timeline of the event, as well…

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Interview Like a Pro; By May Smythe, Esq.

Beginning a career in the law presents a series of hurdles that starts with prepping for the LSAT, law school applications, and getting the hang of playing hide the ball, otherwise known as the Socratic method.  You make it through your seemingly never-ending first year and lo and behold you did pretty well.  Unfortunately, the work isn’t over.  Next come the interviews.  That’s what this is about after all – landing a job as a lawyer. Whether you are going through the on campus interview process in hopes of scoring a coveted summer clerkship or making a lateral move at…

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Top 10 Survival Tips for the First-Year Associate, By Gloria Noh Cannon, Esq.

Congratulations!  You’ve survived the bar exam and are hopefully about to embark on a well-deserved,  post-bar exam trip.  I fondly remember the two months I spent traveling throughout Europe – Paris, Amsterdam, Italy, Germany and Prague – before embarking on life as a BigLaw associate.   Enjoy this time because your fall start date will be here before you know it.  For most of you, your law firm job will be the first professional job you’ve had since graduating from college.  Being a new associate at a law firm can be quite stressful since it’s hard to know what to expect. …

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How to Work the Room-Tips for Making the Most of a Networking Event: By Katy Lewis, ESQ

The dreaded networking event.  For most people it conjures up images of, to quote my colleague Julie Locke in a prior Lateral Link blog post, “boring cocktail events filled with people in suits wearing name tags, carrying wine in a plastic cup, hoping to engage in at least one awkward conversation so they appear to know somebody.”   But, with a little preparation and follow through, networking events can actually be fun and rewarding.  My training in the art of networking started early in life under the tutelage of the King of Schmooze – my Dad.  A former used-car-salesman turned tax attorney/CPA with…

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If I Knew Then What I Know Now… Advice From a Former BigLaw Associate; By Lexy Tretter, Esq.

So, it’s the end of the month and you’re a law firm associate.  If you’re anything like me, you’re procrastinating the brutal task of breaking down your days (and nights and weekends) into 6-minute increments.  But if you're not careful, you could open your eyes after 4 years of “1.6 – negotiate indemnification clause of licensing agreement“ or “0.3 – follow up with opposing counsel regarding extension of discovery deadline” and find yourself without a career strategy.  Don’t forget to reserve a 0.5 here and there for “daydreaming about where life is taking me.” Just don’t put that one on…

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Five Tips for an Effective Legal Resume: By Amy Savage, Esq.

Good news! We’ve seen an increase in attorney hiring in most markets and in most practice areas. Even with the surge in openings, however, competition remains fierce. The most prestigious positions often attract upwards of 100 applicants. In practical terms, that means a small number of recruiting coordinators will be reviewing a large number of resumes. The goal of your resume is to survive this storm of submissions and secure an interview. Here are a few key rules to follow to make your resume stand out while dodging common pitfalls. These tips may seem like common sense, but as with…

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