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Choosing the Right Practice Area for You: By Tricia McGrath, Esq.

So it’s that time of year - summer associates are arriving at law firms all over the country eager to experience the life of a young attorney.  These lawyers-to-be will be assigned to practices and try to learn all there is to know about their chosen firm through summer events, lunches and assignments.  The most savvy summer associates will use this opportunity to investigate all of the firm’s practices and have a clear understanding of their future path when it comes time to choose their permanent practice area. As a recruiter, attorneys reach out to me each day in contemplation…

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Top 10 Tips to Ace a Telephone Screening: by Mardy Sackley

You got the call. Your dream employer wants to interview you! You’re doin’ the happy dance, envisioning a face to face meeting that involves a series of interviews followed by a swanky lunch. Then they let you know – this is a telephone screen. Say what? Lucky for job seekers everywhere, the lateral legal market is greatly improved from the dark days of 2009. Since the recession, however, employers have been forced to do more with less. Hence, the telephone screen, a cost effective way for an employer to figure out if a candidate has the basic skill set and…

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It’s All About Who You Know – 5 Tips for Successful Networking: by Julie Locke

I guess you could call me the poster child for career movement and taking risks. I graduated from law school, joined a big firm as a litigation associate, realized within two years that big firm life was not for me, and have been on an alternative career path (always in the legal profession) ever since. I won’t bore you with the details; you can visit my LinkedIn profile if you’re curious - http://www.linkedin.com/in/julielocke .  After twelve years in the working world and a number of career moves, I am certain of one very important thing. Finding your best career options…

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Walking Away from the Dream Job (Twice) and Never Looking Back: by Lisa Forbes

I have made two job changes during my career as an attorney, and both were met with the same line of questioning: You’re doing what?  You’re going where?  Why would you do that?  Fantastic…after months of battling my own inner demons (particularly that irritating overachiever who tends to define herself by what others think of her decisions and, therefore, always wants to go to the “best” law school, law firm, etc.), now I have to deal with my colleagues and mentors making me feel like I’m making a huge mistake.  Rewind ten years to me, about to graduate from Harvard…

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