Sunday, November 15, 2015

Ease of Conversation: The Cornerstone of Networking

By: Olga Statz

Refinement of conversation is an essential element of networking. The good news is that conversation is an art, and like all arts, it can be learned. First, let’s determine what networking is not. It is not descending on your cocktail party convives, lips ablaze with boastings and blusterings about yourself followed by insincere and patently manipulative emails the next day. No one likes to be “talked at” or used, therefore such behavior will get you nowhere. So how then, should you do it? How do you lay the groundwork for the friendships and professional associations that will help you progress in your life and your career? How do you network? The initial ingredient to successful networking is congenial, intelligent, and respectful conversation. Notice that I did not say “dazzling, scintillating, and brilliant” conversation. I said instead “congenial, intelligent, and respectful conversation,” which is fully within the power of the average person to achieve.  

Monday, October 26, 2015

Conducting an Efficient Job Search

By: Kandice Thorn

In the U.S., when we apply to college, we are told to look at three kinds of schools: "Dream Schools," "Match Schools," and "Safety Schools."  Dream Schools are, of course, the schools we really really want to go to, but have very little chance of getting into.  Safety Schools are those that we can be reasonably certain to  be admitted into with no problem.  Match Schools are those that are a good match for our credentials, and thus we have a reasonable chance of admission.  Students are told that they should apply to a small number of Dream Schools and at least one or two Safety Schools, but that the majority of their efforts should be focused on Match Schools.

While there are obvious differences between the college application process and the job search process, I do think there are some parallels to be drawn that may be helpful in formulating a successful job search.

Monday, October 19, 2015

The Importance of Following Recent Developments in Your Field

By: Kandice Thorn

Most LL.M. students join the program in order to gain expertise in something, to make strides forward career-wise.  The LL.M. allows you to delve academically into your field of interest and to analyze many of the complexities and nuances involved in an area of study. 

But in order to truly become an expert, you must go beyond what you learn in the classroom to keep up with the most exciting new developments in your field.  In any field of study, there will be countless blogs, news feeds, twitter feeds, and more devoted to tracking new developments.  Ask your professors or networking contacts which are the most important ones to follow and start following them daily. 

At interviews or networking events, you'll have interesting topics to discuss, and you'll come across as someone who is engaged, proactive, and enthusiastic.  Remember that experts are not born that way - expertise comes from immersing oneself in a field of study, and going beyond just classroom learning.  The LL.M. provides an excellent platform for you to make strides, but you must take the initiative to move beyond classroom learning to become an expert.

Tuesday, October 13, 2015

After the Interview: The Importance of Following Up

By: Kandice Thorn

Many students are starting to have interviews for spring externships, and I have found that while students are typically able to prepare well for the interview, they are often caught off guard by what happens next.  But following up is crucial following an interview.  It lets the employer know you are very interested in the position and shows that you are engaged and proactive, while also putting you at the front of their minds again.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Networking Events: Conquer Your Fears

By: Kandice Thorn

For this week, I am going to resurrect a post from about a year ago that I think will be useful for all of you who are just now starting the LL.M. program...


(originally published on September 8, 2014)

I have been approached by several students recently who were preparing to attend their first networking events. I'm using the term "networking events" to broadly refer to conferences, panel discussions, "meet and greet" events, or anything else that will attract professionals with whom you may want to build a professional relationship.

Monday, September 21, 2015

How to Handle a Resume "Gap"

By: Kandice Thorn

One thing that you will hear time and time again about resumes is that you should not have any "gaps."  A gap on your resume is a period of time when you were not in school pursuing a degree and were not employed.  Basically, it's a period of unemployment.  In this post, I will tell you how to address resume considerations if you are currently in a period of unemployment, and also how to address a past period of unemployment.

Monday, September 14, 2015

What Should be Included in my Resume?

By: Kandice Thorn

One of the most frequent questions I get from international students regarding their resumes is whether it really needs to be limited to one page.  European-style CVs typically span at least two pages, and the idea of shifting to a one-page resume can be daunting.  But it is very important to limit yourself to one page, at least until you amass enough experience to warrant a second page.  The difficult part is figuring out what to include in order to prune your accomplishments to fit onto one page.