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February 28, 2010

Etiquette Tip: Business Meeting

"When dining out for business, always keep in mind you are there to do business first and eat second. During a business meal or interview, never ask for a doggie bag for leftover food, no matter how much food is left, or how much your dog would appreciate it. (Your dog never has to know.) Do not ask for it, even if it could save you from having to cook at home the next day.

Do not ask to sample an interviewer's or client's food. If an interviewer or client offers you a sample of his or her food, you may accept or politely decline. Business first. Food second."

From: http://www.cultureandmanners.com/

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February 26, 2010

Interview Strategies: Navigating the Question Minefield

By Valerie Fontaine and Roberta Kass February 22, 2010

"The hidden dangers lurking in virtually any interview are those tough or possibly inappropriate questions for which there seem to be no right answers, but many wrong ones. Listen carefully, determine what underlying information is being sought, and answer directly and succinctly without giving away any negative information. Don't let your body language indicate discomfort with the question.

Give some thought to these potential questions beforehand and come up with a loose script that amplifies your positive points and can be adapted to each particular situation, while sounding fresh in the delivery. If there are any obvious issues raised by your resume, such as a gap in employment, a change in practice area or several job moves, be prepared with positive responses."

For the entire article, please visit Interview Strategies: Navigating the Question Minefield.

International Women's Day Celebration

Inspire. Act. Change!

The Advocates for Human Rights and the Human Rights Program at the University of Minnesota present The 15th Annual International Women's Day Celebration.

Saturday, March 6, 2010
8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Coffman Union, University of Minnesota

Free and open to the public

Keynote speaker Leymah Gbowee, workshops, film, performances, visual arts, arts and crafts vendors, and information tables from over 65 co-sponsoring organizations.

For more information, click here.

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February 17, 2010

Is "To whom it may concern" the kiss of death?

Excellent advice from Career Builder's blog regarding addressing your cover letter.

"Most job seekers know that, whenever possible, it's best to address your cover letter to the person who has the power to hire you -- or at least the person who can bring you in for an interview.

But, all too often, if a name isn't listed on a job posting, the job seeker resorts to an old-fashioned salutation like, "To Whom It May Concern." What they don't know, is that this approach can sometimes be considered the kiss of death.

Impersonal salutations like "Dir Sir/Madam" or "To Whom It May Concern," show an employer two things. The first is that you lack the initiative to locate the appropriate contact; the second is that you show a disregard for any research needed to be done on your part. In short, employers will think you're lazy and your cover letter will end up in the trash.

One of the most common questions we get is how to find the name of a hiring manager, particularly at a large company. Here are four ways to find out the addressee of your cover letter:"

Click here for the four ways and the entire article.

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February 12, 2010

Search Tools

Social Media Law Student posted this helpful list of search tools.

OnlineUniversiteis.com recently published a list of "100 Niche Search Engines Every College Student Needs".

Click here for the entire article.

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February 10, 2010

Interview Strategies: Facing and Acing a Panel Interview

by Valerie Fontaine and Roberta Kass
Special to Law.com
February 01, 2010

"Rather than being intimidated by facing multiple interviewers at the same time, you can ace a panel interview with some preparation. Basically, you need to follow the rules for one-on-one interviews, but with a few tweaks. Just as with any interview, you must do your homework regarding the firm, job, and interviewers, and be prepared to sell your skills and appropriateness for the position. You should always be prepared for the possibility of a panel (several interviewers at once) or serial interview (a series of individual interviews) as you may not get advance warning, so bring several extra copies of your resume to any interview."

For the complete article, click here.