Thursday, October 29, 2009

Using Social Networking Sites in Your Job Search

Amanda Ellis Legal Search Presents: The 6Ps of Using the Big 3 Social Networking Sites in your Job Search: Facebook, LinkedIn & Twitter When: Thursday, November 5th at 4:30 p.m. Where: Room 90 Purpose: Learn how you can use the sites to connect on a professional level. Picture & Profile: Learn what to include and exclude from your profile. Privacy: Learn how to use the privacy settings of the Big 3 to control what potential employers can see. Professional Use: Learn how to identify and connect with other legal professionals. Phone applications: Learn how the phone apps can be more efficient than your desktop.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New York City Bar Event for Law Students

You've Survived Your First Year of Law School: Now What? A Roadmap for Law Students When: Tuesday, November 3, 2009, 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. Where: New York City Bar, House of Association, 42 West 44th Street, NYC This program is free, however registration is required. You've made it through the Socratic method, mandatory classes, outlining, and first-year finals. Now what? Come hear panelists discuss the ways in which you can continue to develop your skills and make yourself marketable. Panelists will cover topics such as important classes to take, the Bar Exam and the Multistate Professional Responsibility Test, internships, externships, clinics, study abroad programs, and Bar Association membership. A reception will follow and light refreshments will be served. Speakers: Andrew Chapin, Director of Counseling and Public Interest Scholars, Fordham Law School Stuart D. Smith, Director of Legal Recruitment, New York City Law Department Please RSVP to lspchairman@yahoo.com. Sponsored by the Committee on Law Student Perspectives, Jodi Savage, Chair.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Writing a Winning Resume

It is very important to have a well thought-out, well-written and visually attractive resume prepared for your job search. Your resume provides the first and possibly only opportunity to make contact with a potential employer and hopefully to obtain an interview. Faced with the fact that employers spend only seconds skimming a resume, how can you create a resume that makes you stand out from the crowd? It takes some self-reflection and a little leg work, but it can be done!
1. A resume should be a personal marketing piece that promotes you. Your resume must show the employer that you have what it takes to do the job. It should not be a dissertation of every activity you have performed in your life. Rather, you should include those activities that cast you in the best light and that demonstrate you have the skills, abilities and motivation to meet the employer's needs.
2. Establish that you possess the desired qualifications by describing accomplishments, rather than listing potentials, talents or responsibilities. Your resume should be full of achievements that demonstrate that you are prepared to perform the job the employer is seeking to fill.
3. If you do not have much legal experience, make the connection between your non-legal experience and what the employer is looking for. For example, you can show a potential employer that you are hard-working by listing part-time or full-time jobs you held while attending school. Similarly, you can demonstrate your initiative by including a description of the charity work you perform in your community. Include instances of when you were required to use your strong writing ability (for instance, if you independently researched and wrote a business plan for the employer you worked for before attending law school).
4. Use the resources of the Office of Career Services. Make an appointment with a Career Counselor to take a look at your resume. Review the Office of Career Services Handbook posted on Blackboard (click on the Job Search button on the Office of Career Services page). It gives detailed advice on how to prepare your resume, line by line.
5. Other tips: Keep sentences short and direct. Don't lie or embellish. If it is not something you want to talk about in an interview, do not put it on your resume. Keep your resume continually updated and create more than one version, tailoring it to suit different employers' needs. Make sure your resume is free of typos and grammatical errors.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

A Tax Law Career Panel: An Evening of Information and Networking

The ABA Section of Taxation, Rutgers Law School - Newark, and Seton Hall Law School Present: A Tax Law Career Panel: An Evening of Information and Networking When: Wednesday, October 28th at 5:00 PM Where: Seton Hall Law School, Faculty Library, Fifth Floor Guest Speakers: The Honorable Raymond A. Hayser, New Jersey Tax Court; Julia A. Cannarozzi, IRS Office of Chief Counsel; Pat Rufolo, Law Office of Pat Rufolo; David Kahan, Wachtell, Lipton, Rosen & Katz; James Venere, KPMG. Beer, wine and hors d'oeuvres will be served. Please dress business casual.

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Save the Date! ABA Event - Job Search Strategies for a Challenging Economy, Panel & Reception

The American Bar Association, Section of Science & Technology Law Presents:
Job Search Strategies for a Challenging Economy: Panel & Reception
November 10, 2009, 5:00 P.M. to 6:30 P.M., Room 292
Free Food, Beer & Wine Will Be Provided
Come learn more about job search strategies for finding opportunities in the Science and Technology law fields.
A panel discussion will be moderated by Christine M. Grant, Chair of the ABA's Science and Technology Law Section and CEO of InfecDetect, a company focused on preventing infectious disease through rapid diagnostic tests, protective gear and food safety products. She is also an alumni of Rutgers Law School - Newark
Panelists include: Paul Arcioni, Chief Security Officer for the New Jersey Office of Technology for the State of New Jersey; Richard L. Field, a solo practitioner who focuses on financial systems, information technology and policy; and Sean F. Kane, Manager of Drakeford & Kane's Intellectual Property Practice Group.
Please RSVP by Monday, November 2nd to gamboam@staff.abanet.org; for more information call (312)988-5599.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Beyond OCI for 2Ls: Finding a Summer Job

If you have not obtained a summer job even after participating in OCI, do not panic! Only 20 to 30% of 2Ls get a job through the on campus interviewing process, even in years where the market is robust. Many summer jobs, like those at small and medium sized firms and government and non-profits, become available as the year progresses. A job search for your summer job after your second year of law school is just like any other job search: it takes endurance and persistence (qualities necessary for being a successful attorney). It is never too late to apply but it is better to apply earlier than later. Here are some tips for your job search process:
1. Networking and Informational Interviewing: Learn as much as you can about potential employers (practice areas, culture, life-style) through networking and informational interviews with family and friends, Rutgers alumni, professors, other students, speakers and panelists at on-campus events, and by joining Bar Associations.
2. Make Yourself Marketable: Try to gain experience that will enhance your skills and demonstrate your commitment and interest to a certain type of employer or area of the law. Ways to do this include seeking part-time employment during the school year (sometimes this work can turn into full time summer employment), as well as reading law journals, taking a CLE course, volunteering in a clinic or community outreach program or doing an externship or conducting independent research for credit. Keep yourself up-to-date on both the status of the law in which you are interested (The New Jersey and New York Law Journals; http://www.law.com/) and about the state of the world in general (The Wall Street Journal; The New York Times; your local newspapers).
3. Prepare to Apply: If you have not already done so, put together your resume and a cover letter. Most importantly, make an appointment with Career Services to review your materials by emailing CareerServices@kinoy.rutgers.edu .
4. Target Potential Employers and Apply: First, check job postings and opportunities on Symplicity and other websites such as http://www.lawjobs.com/, http://www.vault.com/, http://www.idealist.org/, http://www.pslawnet.org/, http://www.nalp.org/ to name a few. Second, if you are interested in a job with a firm, conduct your own research on firms via http://www.martindale.com/, Westlaw and Lexis Nexis. Many firms have their own websites with contact information. You may want to call the firm to see who at that firm is the contact person for job inquiries. Third, be sure to tell everyone you know that you are in the market and continue to network (see step 1 above). Fourth, take advantage of the Career Services Library: Kimm Walton's "Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams" is just one of many books that may help you with your job search.
5. Keep Detailed Notes of Your Job Search and Follow Up with Employers: It is important to keep a record of where you applied, when you applied, and what version of your resume and cover letter you sent. This makes it much easier to follow up with employers either to confirm they received your materials or to resend updated materials.