May 22, 2015

More secrets of exceptional associates

This post is the second summarizing what ten big firm partners think contributed to their success as an associate.  In their view (which LegalJob shares), one’s success as an associate depends on whether they have:   an insatiable thirst for knowledge strong interpersonal communication skills a high level of enthusiasm for their work a partner’s mindset a long-term view willingness to seek and take feedback good […]
May 2, 2015

Enthusiasm

This article on Above the Law by a managing partner confirms the importance of being enthusiastic, one of the keys identified in an earlier post about how to be a superstar associate. The author references a Dale Carnegie drill and notes that everyone wants to be around an enthusiastic person.  He says “[t]hat is the guy who gets the job, who gets the promotion, who gets […]
April 29, 2015

Setting expectations

Associates often underestimate the time it takes to complete a project. The thinking is that they want to encourage the partner to provide more opportunities and they understand that generally the preference is for the assignment to be completed quickly (today) and efficiently (with as small amount of time billed as possible). However, this practice of underestimating the time will not likely lead to the desired […]
April 28, 2015

Secrets of exceptional associates

This post is the first of three summarizing what 10 big firm partners think contributed to their success as an associate. In their view (which LegalJob shares), one’s success as an associate depends on whether they have: (i) an insatiable thirst for knowledge; (ii) strong interpersonal communication skills; (iii) a high level of enthusiasm for their work; (iv) a partner’s mindset; (v) a long term view; […]
March 30, 2015

More secrets of successful business people

This post continues with the concepts from 10 Simple Secrets of the World’s Greatest Business Communicators (herein “10 secrets”). As mentioned in the first post, this book for business leaders seeking to become more effective presenters can just as easily apply to lawyers seeking to become more effective at the business of practicing law. Below is a discussion of three more secrets and their application in […]
March 14, 2015

Secrets of successful business people

LegalJob recently came across a book ostensibly for business leaders seeking to become more effective presenters but the material can just as easily apply to lawyers seeking to become more effective at the business of practicing law. The book is 10 Simple Secrets of the World’s Greatest Business Communicators (herein “10 secrets”). This post discusses the first three simple secrets and explains how they can apply […]
February 21, 2015

5 questions to ask that may help you find your perfect legal job

Many junior lawyers find themselves unhappy at firms for different reasons. The overriding theme seems to be that the experience turns out to be inconsistent with their expectations. One way to potential avoid this outcome is to ask the five questions listed below before starting the job. These questions are taken from the helpful blog post linked here, which suggests asking these and other questions during […]
January 23, 2015

5 things every mentee must know

Legal job posts a lot about the role of a mentor and a sponsor (which often are two different people) and the importance of securing one as a junior law firm associate.  This post focuses on the mentee because securing a quality mentor is only half of the equation.  There are certain things a mentee can do (and know) to enhance the value of the relationship […]
January 10, 2015

8 tips for working a room full of lawyers

LegalJob recently provided advice to folks planning on attending a legal networking event.   Here are some highlights: ► Get the list of the attendees beforehand and zero in on two or three people with whom you are interested in connecting. ► Research these people, and dig deep.  The internet is just a good starting point.  In your research, think about ways you can possibly be […]
December 29, 2014

Associates — here are five ways to get a head start on 2015

This time of year provides a great opportunity to get a head start on 2015.   Consider taking these five steps: 1. Develop your relationship with a mentor.  Do you have a helpful mentor with whom you work well?  If not, perhaps now is a good time to consider possible candidates and reach out to them.  If you have a mentor, consider reaching out to him […]
December 16, 2014

Law students — be other person-centric

Successful lawyers have in common that they focus on addressing the client’s needs, wants, quirks, and preferences.  They are able to put themselves in the mind of their client because they are constantly asking their clients what they want or learning what they are thinking about.  As discussed in Making Partner, this same mentality will help you achieve lots of success in your law career.  Your […]
November 13, 2014

More! Law students here are more tips for discovering your dream legal job

This post is the second part to reinforce the idea that before you can have a chance of obtaining your dream legal job, it helps to understand what that concept of “the dream legal job” means for you.  Check out this link for additional tips on how to go about that process.   Image courtesy of posterize/FreeDigitalPhotos.net.