Posts Tagged ‘brand’

Resolutions for Your 2014 Job Search

Thursday, January 9th, 2014

A new year gives you the opportunity to renew your career goals. Daydreaming about a new career or landing your ideal job might be based on good intentions, but without a plan, dreaming about a new start is like wishing for things to happen.

Resolutions that stick begin with clear goals and measurable actions. The clearer your goal, the easier it is to visualize it happening and your chances of reaching them increase substantially if you start with small, measurable steps.

You may want to take a second look at the significance of planning. According to one prominent study from the University of Missouri, professor Daniel Turban and chair of the Department of Management found that successful job candidates benefit from planning.

“Thinking about, acting on, and reflecting upon a plan were important early in the job search, while having positive emotions were important later in the job search,” Turban said.

Setting new career resolutions begins with awareness of what you want to achieve in 2014. Here are 10 New Year’s resolutions to consider when planning a career move:

Know your interests before you search.

List your core skills and decide on which ones you want to increase; strengthen your resume and seek guidance on rebranding your online and offline presence.

Take risks in meeting colleagues or new contacts to develop rapport-building skills.

Strengthen your LinkedIn profile and use it consistently, joining groups and contributing to active conversations.

Break out of your same routine by doing something new each day.

Make wise use of your time with job search activities that are productive, reviewing your progress weekly.

Keep a journal of your career transition, noting key learning points and positive returns.

Practice the art of follow-up and make it a habit to follow up on information you receive.

Focus on where you are going, not where you have been.

Surround yourself with people who believe in you and who are supportive.

Your career goals are obtainable if you make a commitment to work toward reaching them. The key is keeping your expectations in line and believing that every major goal starts with a series of steps.

Consider incorporating these 10 resolutions to your job search this year and see what happens.

An Effective Legal Resume

Thursday, April 18th, 2013

Though sharing much in common with other professional resumes, a legal resume presents some unique challenges. It must cover essential cases and rulings from a lawyer’s career without violating the privacy and confidentiality of clients.

And as lawyers are generally specialists, their resumes must reflect their areas of specialization. The title itself is not nearly specific enough, as there are criminal lawyers, entertainment lawyers, civil lawyers, employment lawyers, tax lawyers, etc., all with unique qualifications and practices. When someone uses the term “lawyer,” a variety of images come to mind, not all of them positive.

In order to communicate your brand to HR as well as other attorneys, it is important that you craft your resume differently from the way you craft your legal briefs, while at the same time maintaining the flavor of your litigating style. Just as you may argue a point in court by offering examples and defenses, in a similar way, your resume is a sort of opening argument in the job process.

Here are a few of the essential features that must be included on a lawyer’s resume:

Summary: The opening of a legal resume isn’t much different from other professional resumes and should present a quick synopsis of your qualifications, experience, fields of study, and practice.
Recent Graduates: Competition among recent graduates for the best jobs is intense. To stand out, focus on academic results, internships, research work and simulation exercises, and seminars, webinars, and other special training attended.

Areas of Specialization: The professional experience section of the resume is similar to other resumes but more important for a lawyer, as you must clearly spell out your skills in a particular specialty (e.g., Mergers and Acquisitions or Project Finance or Industrial Amalgamations or Arbitrations, etc.).

Your profile should include a brief snapshot of your portfolio, research papers, and actual case summaries (while maintaining client confidentiality). Particularly significant results that have since become case law should be emphasized and details provided. Senior lawyers should keep in mind that academic qualifications matter but generally only during the first few years of employment.

Articles, Publications, and Awards: It is appropriate for senior lawyers to incorporate details of their citations and research work. Areas of research, contributions to public interest litigation, pleas, special citations and commendations, certifications, and special areas of study should all be included.

General Skills and Personal Strengths: The legal profession requires a number of intangible skills and these should be highlighted in the resume, including analytical, communication, and negotiation. As with other professional resumes, broad and vague statements should be avoided. Instead, provide examples and weave these intangibles into the wider scope of your accomplishments where applicable.

Additional Details: Lawyers can mention their number of billable hours and any honorary assignments that they have undertaken for community and social benefit.