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.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Eat, Drink, Be Merry... and Strategize

By: Kandice Thorn

Did anyone notice the chill in the air this morning?  Winter is rapidly approaching, bringing with it the end of the fall semester.  Before you know it, you'll be handing in your last final and running off to enjoy a few weeks of well deserved rest.  As you should.  But I also want to encourage you to consider winter break as a time to review your career strategy.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Making a Positive First Impression

By: Kandice Thorn

A few weeks ago, I wrote that your resume must make a positive impression on a viewer in about six seconds.  Similarly, when you meet someone in person you have a very short time in which to make a positive first impression.

A first impression is developed very quickly and takes an excruciatingly long time to change once it is formed.  Unfortunately, when you are networking or looking for a job, you don't have the luxury of taking the time to correct a negative impression - your first impression has to count.  The good news is that a positive first impression can stick just as well as a negative one.

Here are a few tips for making a positive first impression: