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In-Demand Skills and Expertise Help Applicants Land Top Legal Jobs

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 4/16/15 11:00 AM

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Q: I’m looking for a new paralegal job and was wondering what skills I should emphasize or, if I don’t have them, should acquire so as to make myself more marketable to prospective employers? And which practice areas are generating the most legal jobs?


It’s a great idea to get a lay of the legal landscape before launching your search. That way you can maximize your chances of getting an interview and a job offer. Here’s a brief overview of the hot practice areas and in-demand skills for legal support professionals.

Topics: Career advice, Job seekers

5 Strategies for Evaluating Job Offers in the Legal Profession

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 4/15/15 8:00 AM

Expressions-14-678834-editedYou've been looking for a career position in the legal profession. Your efforts are bearing fruit, and offers for law jobs are beginning to ripen simultaneously. Now that you are in the lucky situation of having more than one offer, how do you make a choice?

Topics: Career advice, Job seekers

eDiscovery Specialist Joel Wuesthoff to Discuss Electronic Evidence at Florida Bar CLE Event

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 4/13/15 9:15 AM

Joel_Wuesthoff_Robert_Half_Legal_eDiscovery_ServicesJoel Wuesthoff, Esq., a senior director with Robert Half Legal's consulting and eDiscovery services practice, will be participating in a panel discussion on “Emerging Issues Regarding Electronic Evidence” at the Florida Bar’s “Hot Topics in Evidence — 2015” CLE event at the Hyatt Regency Downtown Miami on Friday, April 17, 2015.

Topics: Technology, e-Discovery, breaking news, Industry events

4 Project Management Tips You Need for Supporting Multiple Bosses

Posted by Charles A. Volkert, Esq. on 4/10/15 11:00 AM

Gone are the days of the single prevailing boss. In today’s workplace, legal professionals, particularly legal support personnel, often report to two, three or even more managers. When answering to multiple masters in the office, it can be extremely challenging to balance conflicting priorities, expectations and deadlines. With the right tools and techniques, however, it’s possible to elegantly accomplish an otherwise daunting feat.

 

Here are four fail-proof project management tips to help you master this juggling act and consistently deliver top-notch results for all your bosses:

Topics: Career advice

Master It: Three Crucial Legal Career Tips for New Associates

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 4/8/15 11:00 AM

RHL_0115_IMG_Blog_Jan30_Strategies_NAM_ENGIf you recently joined a law firm as a new associate, the next 12 months are certain to be challenging, rewarding and, at times, incredibly stressful. After all, this first year can set the tone for the remainder of your professional career — and it may determine which lawyer jobs you’re offered down the road.

As a first-year associate, it’s crucial to focus on mastering certain key areas so you’re prepared for expanded roles and promotional opportunities in the future.

Not sure where to begin? Here are three career advice strategies that will help you succeed in your first year and set the stage for a fruitful legal career:

 

Topics: Career advice

Four Legal Careers That Didn’t Exist 10 Years Ago

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 4/6/15 11:00 AM

file-1938016471-medium-jpg[1]A decade ago, Facebook had just debuted and tweeting was still for the birds. A “smart” phone was anything that did more than dialing, and the “cloud” was just something that threatened your lunch break in the park.

The legal profession has also evolved quite a bit since 2005. Thanks to countless technological advances, a major shift in healthcare provision and accountability and cultural shifts, a number of new positions have emerged in the legal field during the past decade. Here are four relatively new legal careers that didn’t exist 10 years ago:

 

Topics: Industry trends, Career advice, e-Discovery

3 Tips for Finding the Right Size Law Firm for You

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 4/3/15 11:00 AM

 

When it comes to finding your place in the legal profession, one size definitely does not fit all. Law firms vary widely in size -- from sole proprietors to global behemoths that employ hundreds or even thousands of lawyers. While some legal professionals feel most empowered working for a large organization, others feel more at home working for a smaller boutique firm.

Topics: Career advice, Job seekers

Robert Half Legal Expertise Sought at Law Firm Information Governance Symposium

Posted by Joel Wuesthoff, Esq. on 4/1/15 1:23 PM

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Robert Half Legal's eDiscovery and information governance practice was recently invited to participate in the 4th annual Law Firm Information Governance Symposium, March 26–27, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Atlanta. 

Topics: Industry events

What Was That? Coping With Off-the-Wall Job Interview Questions

Posted by Robert Half Legal on 4/1/15 11:00 AM

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As a step in your legal job search, you’ve prepared for the standard interview questions: Where do you see yourself in five years? What has been your peak work experience so far? What mistakes have you learned from in your career?

But as you work on finding a legal job, are you ready for the questions that come at you from left field? Oddball questions that have you checking the calendar to see if it’s April Fool’s Day?

Read on for reasons employers are asking surprising questions during job interviews -- and tips to help you be prepared.

Topics: Career advice

Legal Professionals Who Use Twitter: There’s a Guide Book for That

Posted by Lisa M. Hamilton on 3/31/15 11:00 AM

 

Did you know that 90 percent of the top 50 U.S. law firms have a Twitter profile?

Legal professionals -- and companies -- are increasingly using this social media platform for networking with colleagues, attracting clients, enhancing customer service, and keeping up with breaking news.

Topics: Management advice

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Charles A. Volkert, Esq.
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