Monday, March 9, 2015

Using Martindale.com For Networking

By: Kandice Thorn

In preparing for a small group meeting last week, I was reminded of a fantastic resource that everyone should be aware of for networking purposes.  Martindale.com is a website with a powerful search function that allows you to conduct very specific searches for lawyers or law firms.

For foreign lawyers, Martindale.com can help you connect with lawyers from your home country who have managed to settle into positions in the U.S.  Using the Advanced Search, simply enter the name of a law school from your home country in the "Law School" field (especially look for your own foreign law school!).  Try a few different spellings or formulations if nothing comes up at first.

Start making a list of people who you are interested in meeting and try setting up some informational interviews!

Monday, March 2, 2015

The Importance of Building a Strong Reputation

By: Kandice Thorn

In the job search, we focus a great deal of attention on networking and making connections.  In this context, we often mention the importance of making a good impression.  But rarely do we take that a step further to talk about the importance of building your reputation.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

...But I Don't Have Time!

By: Kandice Thorn

I know I have to draft my resume.

I know that networking is important.

I know that I should do some research into the job market.

I know all of this, but I don't have time!

Tackling the job search can seem like a tremendous project.  This post is about helping you see that you can advance your job search with just little pockets of time here and there - that you DO have time if you take it little by little.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Seize the Day to Build Your Resume

By: Kandice Thorn

For full-time students especially, the LL.M. year provides a golden resume building opportunity.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Drafting an Effective Cover Letter

By: Kandice Thorn

Drafting a cover letter can be an intimidating process.  Most people aren't sure what to include so they opt for the "kitchen sink" approach - include everything ("everything but the kitchen sink," as the saying goes) so as not to leave out the one thing that an employer might find interesting. 

Unfortunately this approach usually backfires, as the letter contains so much information that the reader doesn't know what to focus on and misses whatever important point you are trying to make.  Worse, the reader comes away with the impression that you are long-winded and don't know how to edit yourself.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Preparing for an Interview? Practice Your Elevator Pitch!

By: Kandice Thorn

At the end of this month, dozens of Fordham LL.M. students will participate in the International Student Interview Program (ISIP), an annual job fair that brings together LL.M. students and employers from around the world.  For students who will be participating in interviews, a little bit of advance preparation will be crucial.  In this article, I will focus on what I consider to be the hardest interview question: "Tell me about yourself."

This question is the cue to launch into your "elevator pitch."

Monday, November 24, 2014

The Job Hunter's Holiday Wish List

By: Kandice Thorn

The holidays are just around the corner and that means gifts galore for everyone!  As you prepare your wish list, please allow me to suggest a few things that might help you on your way to finding your dream job.