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November 24, 2009

Looking for your next step? Been laid off? Take time to evaluate.

If you have been laid off from your firm or your organization, your well meaning friends and family may say things like: "things happen for a reason," "you will be better off" or "take this as an opportunity." It is hard to take those to heart, but read the below article and see if are able to find that silver lining.

Hope for a Silver Lining
Current legal market offers attorneys an opportunity to figure out what they want to do outside of a big firm.

August 4, 2008

Interface is EVERYTHING

Kimm Walton writes that "Interface is everything" when looking for a job. She breaks this down and suggests you manage two things: Your image and your message. Here are three ways to review and craft your image and message:

1) Make sure you have a professional (or at lest neutral) email address and voice mail message. Hotdude99@aol or yournumber1lawyer@hotmail.com are not appropriate nor is a voice mail message that says "Hey dude, I've fallen and can't reach the phone."

2) Crafting an image requires that you figure out what you want. Self-awareness is extremely important when promoting yourself, and if you don't know who you are and what you want, how is an employer to know? Consider taking an assessment such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI) or Strengths finder to gain greater self-knowledge.

3) Think before you speak. This will not only reflect your thoughtfulness but will also help you manage your 'umms,' 'ahhs', 'you knows', 'likes', etc.

From Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams.

September 24, 2007

Myers Briggs Assessment Workshop

One of the most important keys to developing a successful career is self-awareness. Who you are, what you like to do, the kinds of questions that interest you -- all of these are important pieces of information as you sort through the myriad options open to you with a law degree. During this semester, we will offer students the opportunity to take one of the more common self-assessment tools, the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI), on-line and receive an interpretation from CPDC staff members. Steve Marchese and Vic Massaglia will be holding a group interpretation session on October 8, 2007 - 3:30 - Room 55.

If you are interested in taking the MBTI and participating in a workshop, you must register for the event through Symplicity. Registration will close two days before the session in order for you to have enough time to take the MBTI and get results for interpretation by our office. To login to Symplicity, click the following link:

https://law-umn-csm.symplicity.com/students/

(Based on a post written by S. Marchese)

March 9, 2006

Do you have an extra 100,000 hours?

100,000 hours = a compelling reason for ongoing self-assessment.

Multiply:
(the number of hours you expect to work and volunteer as a professional) X
(the number of weeks you expect to work each year) X
(the number of years you expect to work during your lifetime) X
= 100,000+ hours

Unless you married the person you were dating at 15, and never ate a food you couldn't pronounce, the decisions you make early in your life and career may not be valid three, five or 10 years after graduation.

You get an annual physical; your pets get annual shots; your car gets winterized. Why not create an annual check-up for yourself?

While you will probably find that you are quite content with how your life and career are progressing, you may find that the sources of your unhappiness are well within your power to change once you've identified them.