Being a connector is one of the best ways to add value to the people in your network because you are introducing them to people they need to meet to grow their business, get a job or help them with a particular area of concern. The good karma that results is ten-fold. SInce you’re the middleman between two people connecting, you are now on both people’s radar and they are more likely to return the favor to you and/or keep you top of mind when something comes up that could benefit you.
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.
Career Services Departments often get a bad rap. I’ve had conversations with many law students and graduates from various law schools around the country and their sentiments are generally the same. Law students and alumni often complain that Career Services either don’t do anything or didn’t get them a job.
What separates a random, run-of-the mill lawyer from being a highly sought-after lawyer? Contrary to popular belief, it is not whether you were at the top of your law school class or an expert in your practice area. Instead, it is your “soft skills” that will make you an indispensable and valuable lawyer, whether you work for a firm or are hanging your own shingle as a solo.