August 28, 2015

5 steps to get dream Hill job

Legaljob has previously posted advice for getting your dream legal job.  Along similar lines, LegalJob was recently asked for advice about getting on the Hill.  That advice seeker heard that it was difficult to land a job on the Hill and that it was all about whom you know. That is not Legaljob’s experience.  For the candidate willing to put in the work and do the […]
August 15, 2015

More useful networking advice for lawyers

Here is another useful article which provides a different way to think about networking.  LegalJob agrees with the author about the importance of not tying networking to a specific work goal. Instead, as LegalJob has previously posted, networking is just another opportunity to be of service to people.  If your goal is merely to be helpful to people as suggested in the article, a likely by-product […]
July 31, 2015

Telling your story

LegalJob has posted before on four keys to effective networking. The idea is to first seek to provide value to the person with whom you are networking. Then help people help you by being specific about what you want, what you offer, and how they might help. A refinement to this advice is to be able to say all those things in under 10 seconds. Here […]
June 30, 2015

3 steps to getting your dream legal job

The keys to getting your dream job is to deeply understand what draws you (by doing meaningful research and going through the process of asking yourself hard questions and answering them) and being of service to people currently working at your dream job. These three steps are elaborating on below: Ask yourself hard questions. What are the kinds of clients/industries you want to help? What draws […]
June 27, 2015

Being of service (mindset)

This post continues the recent theme of examining the habits of superstar associates.  The habit of being of service is so important it gets its own post.  This habit incorporates other habits previously discussed on this blog including the value of deeply understanding your client’s business, learning to adapt, being vulnerable, and anticipating client needs. What does it mean to have a mindset of being of […]
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 […]