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Career Ladder

Be the Best Boomer You Can Be

Another U.S. baby boomer turns 50 every 8.5 seconds. And if you run the math, it’s also the case that baby boomers are turning 60 at the rate of 1 every 7 seconds. Yes—you in the back there, hiding your issue of Rolling Stone behind the Wall ...

The Editors - March 18, 2011

LinkedIn and Your Job Search: Step One

While 90 million users may seem paltry relative to Facebook’s 500 million, LinkedIn offers a professional promise Facebook can’t touch: It can actually help you find and land a new position. In this two-part series, Wendy Werner gets you set up ...

Wendy Werner - March 16, 2011

Is Your Resume Ready?

When you’re working and actively networking, you have constant opportunity to update and revise your biography. But it’s all too easy to let your resume lie fallow at the bottom of a desk drawer between job searches. Not a good idea. Most people ...

Melinda Delmonico - March 2, 2011

Managing Up

No one has more impact on the kind of work you do, and the opportunities you receive, than the person you work for—whether a senior partner, group leader or client. Even when you move on, they can make or break future opportunities as a referer ...

Wendy Werner - February 23, 2011

Preparing for the Axe to Fall

You'd be surprised how often lawyers who've been laid off or fired express complete incredulity. Usually, the signals have been clear. But since no one wants to believe it can happen to them, they find themselves completely unprepared. Don't let ...

Wendy Werner - February 10, 2011

Freelance Lawyering: Have You Got What it Takes?

Think you want to break out of the rut and give freelance lawyering a try? What are your reasons? If they include such things as desperation or the path of least resistance, just go ahead and cross this career move off your list. Like any solo ...

Donna Seyle - February 7, 2011

You’re Hired! Here’s How to Stay That Way

Some key lessons for every job seeker, or for anyone who wants to advance their career—and avoid ever hearing "You're fired!"

Lauren Egan and Michael Sachs - February 3, 2011

Is Freelance Lawyering Your Thing?

Think the term “freelance lawyer” is an oxymoron? Well, it might have been, back in the day when the legal profession’s delivery model had something to do with UPS. Back then, there were “contract lawyers.” Typically, they worked through ...

Donna Seyle - January 26, 2011

Buff Up Your Bio

This time of year, many of us resolve to buff up our physical appearance—but what about our personal and professional appearance online? Outside of the home page, lawyer biographies are the most-frequently visited pages on law firm websites. ...

Janet Ellen Raasch - January 24, 2011
Women looking at fork in road

Do You Think I Should Go to Law School?

It has happened to all of us. It is flattering but also a little scary, frankly. Someone you know (or the child, brother, wife, friend of someone you know) announces they are interested in going to law school and asks for your advice. What do ...

Merrilyn Astin Tarlton - December 6, 2010