New year, new me? Many people use the new year as a way to hit the reset button on their life and set their intentions for the upcoming year. During this reflective period, career objectives and goals often weigh heavy on people’s minds. While you’re pondering ways to jumpstart your career, whether it’s to get a new job or make your mark at the one you already have, here are 10 resolutions you can make that will help take your career to the next level.
When the thought of the office holiday party comes up, it is generally met with one of the following reactions: one, of dread that you even have to attend and two, with glee that you get to socialize, eat well and drink til your heart’s content. Either thought is fine if you are satisfied with where you are in your career and aren’t looking to make any moves. However, if you are looking to advance your career, here are five tips for using the office holiday party to go to the next level.
Great mentoring relationships don’t happen by accident; they are intentional. As a mentor, you have tremendous influence over the trajectory of another person’s career. Whether you are part of a structured mentoring program at your firm or have taken it upon yourself to mentor an associate at work, it’s important to keep the following 5 things in mind to ensure that both you and your mentee get the most out of the relationship.
After X amount of time working at the firm, you have now found yourself without a job. Regardless of the reason, whether it was due to firm-wide layoffs or you were fired, you’re feeling frustrated and unsure of what your next move should be. Losing a job is a devastating experience for most people and it’s important to have a game plan ready before you immediately jump back into the job market.
You’ve crafted the perfect job description and blasted it on various job boards. You’ve conducted some interviews, but no candidates knocked it out of the park or you’ve had numerous candidates turn down your job offer. Now you’re scratching your head trying to figure out why you’re having such a hard time filling your open position.
Here are 3 reasons why you’re struggling to fill open positions that maybe you haven’t considered.
It’s been said time and time again that the best time to look for a new job is while you’re still employed. This is typically true because you’re seen as a more desirable candidate by employers if they can snag you from someone else. There are also benefits to you in that you don’t have a significant break in receiving income and you can simply transition from one position to another. However, there is an art to looking for a job while you’re still working. The last thing you want is to make things awkward for you at your current place of employment.
When a partner at a law firm calls you into their office to give you an assignment, do you know what to do? It may seem like a simple question, but the answer isn’t always so obvious. Whether you are a summer associate or a new attorney starting out at a law firm, it’s a good idea for you to do and ask these things so you can stay on top of things and wow your partner.
You’ve used valuable time, money and resources to find an employee and onboard them, only to realize you made a bad hire. This is every employer’s worst nightmare. A bad hire is expensive to keep and get rid of. However, the quicker you accept the fact that things aren’t working out, the quicker you can move forward and make a better hire next time.
Since resumes are often what gets you in the door at a particular firm, it is vital that they clearly present you in the best light. Ironically, for as much emphasis we place on what’s on your resume, employers will generally only look at your resume for only 11 seconds or less. This means that you have a very small window to make an impression. The more your resume is flooded with unnecessary things, the more likely it is that you fail to make an impactful impression and an employer’s opinion of you gets diluted.