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December 30, 2009

Student Veterans and Service Members Internship Grant Program

To recognize the University's support of student veterans, a financial grant from the Walmart Foundation will be used to fund internships for student veterans and service members for 2009-2010. Internship grants (in varying amounts up to a maximum of $1,800) will be awarded each term (fall 2009, spring 2010, May/summer 2010) to qualified applicants. Grant preference will be given to students engaged in unpaid internships, although paid internships that pay less than $1,800 throughout the semester will also be considered.
Application deadlines

All application materials must be submitted via e-mail to veterans@umn.edu no later than 4:30 p.m. on the deadline day. Late applications will not be accepted. Grant application deadlines are as follows:

Spring semester: February 10, 2010

May/summer term: June 9, 2010

For complete information, click here.


December 28, 2009

10 Reasons Why You Have to Manage Your Personal Brand

By Dan Schawbel

"The concept of personal branding came way before social media. Everyone has a personal brand, whether they like the concept or loathe it. It's inescapable. The issue most people have once they discover their authentic brand is how to manage it from the "big idea" to the execution of that idea and then actually protecting and marketing that brand for the rest of their life. Sure you can call yourself the "musical magician" or "the best doctor in Chicago for baby boomers" or "the social media surgeon," but without managing that brand over time, it will lose it's luster and visibility. In a sense, without brand management, all of your efforts will be for nothing."

For the top 10 reasons why you have to manage your personal brand, click here.


December 22, 2009

A Letter to the Next Generation of Lawyers

A nice letter from a father/lawyer to his two children entering the profession. It gives some solid advice on how to be a good lawyer. A Letter to the Next Generation of Lawyers

December 21, 2009

Partnership for Public Service Web Sites

From the December 2009 'Call to Serve eNews' letter:

Browsing the Web? Looking for new sites to explore? Check out one of the Partnership's Web sites to learn more about how to find the best places to work in government, what types of positions the government is hiring for through 2012, and everything in between!

* Call to Serve: The Partnership's Web site for career advisors, university faculty and staff members, and agency representatives.
* Making the Difference: The Partnership's Web site for college students and recent graduates interested in federal employment.
* Best Places to Work: Based on feedback from more than 221,000 civil servants, the Partnership has compiled its "Best Places to Work in the Federal Government" rankings of 283 federal agencies and subcomponents.
* Where the Jobs Are: Check out a list of federal hiring projections through 2012!
* Service to America Medals: Each year the Partnership celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of federal employees at the Service to America Medals. Nominate your colleagues for a medal or view video clips featuring past winners!


December 18, 2009

Think government jobs don't pay well? Think again!

For feds, more get 6-figure salaries:

Or maybe you are unsure how to get hired?
Government recruiting young talent:

December 17, 2009

Loyola Patent Law Interview Program

The Loyola Patent Law Interview Program is a two-day interview program held in Chicago each summer that brings together patent law employers and law students from across the country to interview for summer associate positions and post-graduate employment. The 2010 Patent Law Interview Program will be held on Thursday, July 29 & Friday, July 30 at the Embassy Suites Chicago - Downtown/Lakefront at 511 North Columbus Drive in Downtown Chicago.

For more information, visit their site at Loyola Patent Law Interview Program. Also, see your CPDC counselor who can help you prepare.


Free Podcast: Networking During the Holidays

The American Bar Association Law Student Division presents:

Business Law and Young Lawyers:
Networking During the Holidays

A free podcast.

Before you head home for the holidays or hit the holiday party circuit, learn how to make the most of social events and family gatherings in advancing your career prospects.

Some of the questions covered:

• How can I most effectively follow-up with contacts I meet at holiday events and happy hours?
• What is the best way to subtly ask a family member for a job?
• When should I arrive at holiday functions, and how long should I stay?
• How can I express my interest in a new position while not speaking badly of my current one?
• What is the best way to transition a conversation from social topics to a more targeted job/internship focus?
• What is the best way to find out about networking and holiday events in my home town?
• What is the most appropriate way to contact those people in my network during the holiday season - should I send a gift, a holiday card, an email, etc.?
• How should I best prepare myself to attend networking functions during the holidays?
• How do I politely decline invitations to events?

To listen to the program, go here.


Thanks to our friends at Touro for this post.


December 16, 2009

Preparing For Behavioral Interviews

By Brett Pyrtle, Star Tribune Sales and Marketing

"In this economy, there are no sure things. But when it comes to a job search, good preparation for behavioral interviews can deliver added reassurance."

For the entire article, visit Preparing For Behavioral Interviews


December 9, 2009

Interested in making a change?

Want to change from a small firm to a big firm? Litigation to transacation? Read some advice on making a change.


December 4, 2009

Salary Negotiation: "Can Nice Girls Negotiate?"

In this economic time, many people are scared to negotiate a salary, the post "Can Nice Girls Negotiate" gives a little insight into negotiation and gender. The bottom line, it never hurts to ask for more if you know your audience, you either get more money, or more information, both of which are important.

December 2, 2009

Winter Break Checklist

Winter Break Checklist

The semester will soon be over, final exams all wrapped up, and you'll be looking forward to some time away from law school. Time away is a good thing, but remember that winter break is also a great time to take a big bite out of your job search. To help you stay in the swing of things with your search over winter break, consider the following helpful Winter Break Checklist:

____ Catch up on sleep
____ Update/Revise your resume and general cover letter
____ Send your resume and cover letter to your CPDC counselor for review - especially if your documents have never been reviewed or if it's been a while
____ Spend quality time with friends and family
____ Log on to Symplicity a couple times each week to check new job postings
____ Read a non-law-related book (or two) and/or go see a movie (or two)
____ Reach out to area attorneys for informational interviews and/or shadowing opportunities
____ Get some more sleep
____ Apply to postings on Symplicity that are of interest you
____ Attend holiday receptions or other networking events hosted by firms, businesses, and/or local bar associations
____ Say "thank you" to the people in your life who support you and make your law school experience better
____ Make an appointment to meet with the CPDC in January to talk about your job search and career goals

(Thanks to our friends at Case CSO.)