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Just Starting Out
So you're new to the Career & Practice Collection. Perhaps you're even new to using LibGuides. That's okay! This LibGuide is just our way of showcasing the collection for you to browse and better understand what resources are available to you. This section, Just Starting Out, has a little bit of most of what's in the collection, consisting of general advice for those entering the workforce, transitioning for law school to legal and nonlegal careers, advocating for yourself, figuring out how to translate your particular skills into marketable ones--essentially, everything a law student and new graduate may indeed question. From self-discovery to self-motivation, and etiquette to tactics, Just Starting Out is your launchpad to navigating your next move as well as this collection.
A Practical Start to Your Legal Career
Having trouble getting started? That's okay, you're in good hands! Check out this webinar series from Thomson Reuters. From Antitrust Law to Labor & Employment Law to learning soft skills, these sessions are packed with excellent introductory information on lots of different topics.
Pennsylvania Bar Association Online Career Center
Become a member of the PBA Career Center, check out events, and gain access to some excellent resources.
American Bar Association Career Center
Articles, tips, resources, resume feedback, and more!
Philadelphia Bar Association Career Center
Local job listings, resume help, directories, and tips.
Down and Out in the New Economy: How People Find (or Don’t Find) Work Today by
Publication Date: 2017
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Finding a job used to be simple. You’d show up at an office and ask for an application. A friend would mention a job in their department. Or you’d see an ad in a newspaper and send in your cover letter. Maybe you’d call the company a week later to check in, but the basic approach was easy. And once you got a job, you would stay—often for decades.
Now . . . well, it’s complicated. If you want to have a shot at a good job, you need to have a robust profile on LinkdIn. And an enticing personal brand. Or something like that—contemporary how-to books tend to offer contradictory advice. But they agree on one thing: in today’s economy, you can’t just be an employee looking to get hired—you have to market yourself as a business, one that can help another business achieve its goals.
That’s a radical transformation in how we think about work and employment, says Ilana Gershon. And with Down and Out in the New Economy, she digs deep into that change and what it means, not just for job seekers, but for businesses and our very culture. In telling her story, Gershon covers all parts of the employment spectrum: she interviews hiring managers about how they assess candidates; attends personal branding seminars; talks with managers at companies around the United States to suss out regional differences—like how Silicon Valley firms look askance at the lengthier employment tenures of applicants from the Midwest. And she finds that not everything has changed: though the technological trappings may be glitzier, in a lot of cases, who you know remains more important than what you know.
Throughout, Gershon keeps her eye on bigger questions, interested not in what lessons job-seekers can take—though there are plenty of those here—but on what it means to consider yourself a business. What does that blurring of personal and vocational lives do to our sense of our selves, the economy, our communities? Though it’s often dressed up in the language of liberation, is this approach actually disempowering workers at the expense of corporations?
Rich in the voices of people deeply involved with all parts of the employment process, Down and Out in the New Economy offers a snapshot of the quest for work today—and a pointed analysis of its larger meaning.
From the Collection
Find Your Why by
Call Number: BF327 .S56 2017
Publication Date: 2017-09-05
Start With Why has led millions of readers to rethink everything they do - in their personal lives, their careers and their organizations.
Now, Find Your Why picks up where Start With Why left off. It shows you how to apply Simon Sinek's powerful insights so that you can find more inspiration at work -- and in turn inspire those around you. I believe fulfillment is a right and not a privilege. We are all entitled to wake up in the morning inspired to go to work, feel safe when we're there and return home fulfilled at the end of the day. Achieving that fulfillment starts with understanding exactly WHY we do what we do. As Start With Why has spread around the world, countless readers have asked me the same question: How can I apply Start With Why to my career, team, company or nonprofit? Along with two of my colleagues, Peter Docker and David Mead, I created this hands-on, step-by-step guide to help you find your WHY. With detailed exercises, illustrations, and action steps for every stage of the process, Find Your Why can help you address many important concerns, including:
* What if my WHY sounds just like my competitor's?
* Can I have more than one WHY?
* If my work doesn't match my WHY, what should I do?
* What if my team can't agree on our WHY?
Whether you've just started your first job, are leading a team, or are CEO of your own company, the exercises in this book will help guide you on a path to long-term success and fulfillment, for both you and your colleagues. Thank you for joining us as we work together to build a world in which more people start with WHY. Inspire on!
What Should I Do with My Life? by
Call Number: BF637.S4 B79 2005
Publication Date: 2005-11-29
"Brimming with stories of sacrifice, courage, commitment and, sometimes, failure, the book will support anyone pondering a major life choice or risk without force-feeding them pat solutions."--Publishers Weekly
What Should I Do with My Life? Po Bronson tells the inspirational true stories of people who have found the most meaningful answers to that great question. With humor, empathy, and insight, Bronson writes of remarkable individuals--from young to old, from those just starting out to those in a second career--who have overcome fear and confusion to find a larger truth about their lives and, in doing so, have been transformed by the experience.
What Should I Do with My Life? struck a powerful, resonant chord on publication, causing a multitude of people to rethink their vocations and priorities and start on the path to finding their true place in the world. For this edition, Bronson has added nine new profiles, to further reflect the range and diversity of those who broke away from the chorus to learn the sound of their own voice.
I Could Do Anything If I Only Knew What by
Call Number: BF637.S4 S518 1994
Publication Date: 1994-03-01
Isn't it time you followed your real dreams? This extraordinary book is designed to help you achieve them. In it, Barbara Sher goes beyond the groundbreaking principles introduced in her phenomenal number one best seller, Wishcraft. Here she adds an important new element to the practical advice, success secrets, and motivational techniques that have transformed so many lives... because thousands of people have told her that they can't get what they want because they just don't know what they want. Do those words sound familiar? If so, you have a common problem, and there is a solution. And Barbara Sher has a surprise for you. You Do know what you want. Your life is filled with clues. Everything you do, or don't do, has a good reason behind it. With profound wisdom and reassurance, she helps you peel away the layers, reveal your true hopes and aspirations, and discover exactly what has been holding you back. Because whatever it is can be removed.
Why Hire Jennifer? by
Call Number: HF5381 .L483 2014
Publication Date: 2014-04-28
Why Hire Jennifer? Is a modern manual that arms job seekers to find their first "real" job and every job thereafter. It is written for college students, grads, twenty-somethings, and all the people who know them. It's written and illustrated in an accessible and friendly style that's easy on the brain.Finding your unique positioning or brand, and communicating why its components are useful to the firms is the key to finding a good job. The problem with most college career services is they emphasize the students' similarities as opposed to their differences. It's all backwards."Jennifer" instructs job hunters how to * Target desirable firms
* Contact the right people
* Create cover letters that aren't just chaperones to the resumes
* Provides resume do's and don'ts
* Preps for the most typical interview questions
* Instructs the job winner how to then succeed on the job
100 Things You Need to Know by
Call Number: HF5386 .C8932 2013
Publication Date: 2013-05-01
You're about to begin an internship, become a summer associate or start your first job. More than anything, you want to make a positive first impression, one that will mark you as a consummate professional. You know it's critical to avoid mistakes that could damage your reputation or harm your employer. But it's tough figuring out what it is you don't know.Not to worry. Mary Crane has worked extensively with young professionals and their employers to develop a list of the 100 most important things you need to know as you enter the world of work--crucial information in easy-to-absorb, almost tweetable chunks.You can't know everything. But tackle the "100 Things You Need to Know" before you start work, and you will successfully launch your career.
One Minute Manners by
Call Number: HF 5389 S234 2007
Publication Date: 2007-02-13
What makes the difference between an ordinary professional and an extraordinary one? A mastery of business manners. That's why Ann Marie Sabath's pocket-sized guide to business etiquette emergencies is indispensable for new hires and college graduates just starting out, as well as a valuable tool for career veterans looking to add finesse to their workplace repertoire. Unlike typical business etiquette manuals which run over with irrelevant advice, One Minute Manners is the source for quick solutions to the most awkward situations any professional will ever face at work as taught by Sabath during her twenty years of domestic and international etiquette consulting for Fortune 500 companies. In her trademark, easy-to-understand style, Sabath assists professionals in overcoming awkward situations such as:
- A bore has latched on to you at a company event. How do you tactfully break away?
- You've mistakenly forwarded a confidential message to the wrong person. Now what?
- You show up for a client meeting only to realize that you're dressed too casually. What do you do?
- You want to introduce a client; however, his name has escaped you. What do you do to get the person to say his name?
Covering everything from how to deal with the fallout of a hasty e-mail to discreetly letting a server know you are picking up the bill for everyone at the table, One Minute Manners minimizes business awkwardness and maximizes your chances for professional success.
How to Find Fulfilling Work by
Call Number: HF5549.5.J63 K75 2013
Publication Date: 2013-04-23
A practical and inspirational guide to examining your career and deciding whether it truly makes you happy--this book will show you the steps it takes to find a job that truly makes you thrive. The desire for fulfilling work is one of the great aspirations of our age. This book reveals explores the competing claims we face for money, status, and meaning in our lives. Drawing on wisdom from a variety of disciplines, cultural thinker Roman Krznaric sets out a practical guide to negotiating the labyrinth of choices, overcoming fear of change, and finding a career in which you thrive. Overturning a century of traditional thought about career change, Krznaric reveals just what it takes to find life-enhancing work.
1000 Days to the Bar, but the Practice of Law Begins Now by
Call Number: KF272 .T66 2010
Publication Date: 2010-05-01
This is a powerful, accessible and practical book that breaks law school learning strategies into understandable, logical and practical steps that maximize the effect of students’ study efforts, and explicitly ties those learning strategies to the strategies practicing lawyers use to understand, analyze and apply legal concepts in the real- life representation of their clients. Students who employ its methods not only improve their law school performances and increase their chances of passing the bar on their first try, but they also come to understand the practical implica- tions of their hard work for the transition into the real world of practice, where clients entrust to lawyers the protection of their rights, their property, liberties, sometimes even their lives. In other words, students will learn how to practice law while pursuing success in studying law.
The New What Can You Do with a Law Degree by
Call Number: KF297 .A875 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-01
America's leading expert on the psychology of lawyer behavior presents … * The first career satisfaction model just for lawyers *
Practical techniques to find long-term career satisfaction inside, outside & around the law * Resources to help you in the job search and transition process The more you base your career choices on how well they fit with your identity, the more assured you can be that the choices will remain satisfying over the long term. In this all-new, 6th edition of a law career classic, lawyers are introduced to a unique, five-part model for career satisfaction that is based on the well-established principle that the better the fit between a person's career identity and his or her job, the greater the person's long-term career satisfaction. The model applies whether you want to find satisfaction in the traditional practice of law, or you seek satisfaction through alternative work arrangements or career choices. This book contains career exercises, practical career-finding techniques, and 800+ ways to use your law degree inside, outside or around the law.
Life after Law by
Call Number: KF297 .B725 2013
Publication Date: 2013-10-01
Written by Harvard-trained ex-law firm partner Liz Brown, Life After Law: Finding Work You Love with the J.D. You Have provides specific, realistic, and honest advice on alternative careers for lawyers. Unlike generic career guides, Life After Law shows lawyers how to reframe their legal experience to their competitive advantage, no matter how long they have been in or out of practice, to find work they truly love. Brown herself moved from a high-powered partnership into an alternative career and draws from this experience, as well as that of dozens of former practicing attorneys, in the book. She acknowledges that changing careers is hard much harder than it was for most lawyers to get their first legal job after law school but it can ultimately be more fulfilling for many than a life in law. Life After Law offers an alternative framework and valuable analytic tools for potential careers to help launch lawyers into new fields and make them attractive hires for non-legal employers.
Call Number: KF297 .H29 2018
Publication Date: 2019-05-07
The Roadmap process transforms the question of "what value do you bring?" into an opportunity to differentiate oneself from other students. You will not need to wait for a specific question about the value you bring beyond technical legal skills to help legal employers and clients. Instead, you will understand what skills legal employers and clients need and will be able to explain how your strongest skills can help them succeed. You will be prepared with your best stories to demonstrate persuasive evidence of your strongest skills. The book encourages you to use your time in law school to develop the competencies important to your future, and helps the reader form a conscious plan to demonstrate these self-development experiences.
Small Firms, Big Opportunity by
Call Number: KF297 .H325 2012
Publication Date: 2012-09-01
Law graduates and junior associates face the tightest job market since the mid-1990s. But amid the gloom is a curious phenomenon: the percentage of those getting hired at small firms continues to rise at a significant rate. Why this is so -- and how it affects your job search -- is the subject of this comprehensive new law career guide, the newest and most comprehensive on the small firm market. No question about it, small-to-midsized law firms are the big legal employer, and Small Firms, Big Opportunity provides the practical steps to identify where jobs are, how to get hired, and how to succeed in the new legal economy. Whether you're a law student, new grad, or junior associate, this book is a must-have.
The Early-Career Guide for Attorneys by
Call Number: KF297 .L37 2018
Publication Date: 2019-08-07
Whether you will work in a small rural community, a medium-sized firm, or a big-city/big-law firm ("BigLaw"), the principles and disciplines contained in The Early-Career Guide for Attorneys will set you on a path to success. This book helps avoid the mistakes that partners see being made by new associates in a variety of law firm environments. These mistakes are not made because of a lack of preparation or intelligence, but are often due to a lack of training by the partners and senior attorneys, who may not set forth clear objectives and rules to allow new associates to be successful.
The Marble and the Sculptor by
Call Number: KF297 .L44 2013
Publication Date: 2013-01-01
Let's face it. The entire legal industry is in a state of flux. If you're a new lawyer in today's economy, you're probably asking yourself one of the following questions: *How do I transition from law school to law practice?*How do I get a job?*How can I find like-minded mentors and colleagues?*How do I develop a book of business?*How do I become a good lawyer?These questions weigh on you and keep you awake at night, along with thoughts like "Was going to law school really the right decision?" or "Should I be doing something else with my life?" If you aren't asking yourself these questions, you are ignoring the world to your detriment. Written from the in-the-trenches perspective of a young lawyer, The Marble and the Sculptor provides a clear no-nonsense path from law school to lawyering. It presents a fundamental understanding of what is expected of new attorneys and a framework for becoming a successful-both as a lawyer and in life. With advice on everything from choosing classes that matter in law school to the importance of writing well, attracting clients, and avoiding five basic mistakes in your first job at a law firm, this book is destined to become the go-to guide for all young lawyers regardless of law school or area of practice. Simply put, if you care at all about practicing law, you can't afford not to read it.
The Legal Career Guide by
Call Number: KF297 .M8619 2008
Publication Date: 2009-05-16
Presents a manual that assists law students or young lawyers in making important decisions by helping them identify specific goals and evaluate opportunities as they arise, reflect on changes in personal situations that affect their aspirations, and assess various trends within the profession that impacts their chosen practice.
Guerrilla Tactics for Getting the Legal Job of Your Dreams by
Call Number: KF297 .W34 2008
Publication Date: 2008-03-17
This work is the key to getting the legal job of your dreams. It leads you step-by-step through everything you need to do to nail down that perfect job. You'll learn hundreds of simple-to-use strategies that will get you exactly where you want to go.
What Law School Doesn't Teach You... But You Really Need to Know by
Call Number: KF297 .W345 2000
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
A successful career isn't a matter of luck. Instead, it depends on knowing exactly what to do and what not to do. In this book, you'll learn hundreds of simple to use strategies, gleaned from conversations with top lawyers and law school administrators nationwide. Learn how to create an outstanding first impression, recover when you make a mistake, handle social events correctly, turn down work without saying "no," ace your research assignments, and negotiate for more money, plus other tips. For additional career resources, visit the AttorneyJobs Web site.
From Law School to Lawyer by
Call Number: KF300 .M38 2015
Publication Date: 2015-01-01
You finished Law School. Now what? This book will guide you through the transition from a law student who has passed the bar to a lawyer actually practicing law. This text will guide "armed and dangerous attorneys where to aim their weaponry and how to discharge it appropriately." This book started as a series of practice lessons on the author's blog for the recent law school graduate solo attorney—or more aptly named, the 4L.
How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big by
Call Number: PN6727.A3 Z46 2014
Publication Date: 2014-12-30
Blasting clichéd career advice, the contrarian pundit and creator of Dilbert recounts the humorous ups and downs of his career, revealing the outsized role of luck in our lives and how best to play the system. Scott Adams has likely failed at more things than anyone you've ever met or anyone you've even heard of. So how did he go from hapless office worker and serial failure to the creator of Dilbert, one of the world's most famous syndicated comic strips, in just a few years? In How to Fail at Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams shares the game plan he's followed since he was a teen: invite failure in, embrace it, then pick its pocket. No career guide can offer advice that works for everyone. As Adams explains, your best bet is to study the ways of others who made it big and try to glean some tricks and strategies that make sense for you. Adams pulls back the covers on his own unusual life and shares how he turned one failure after another--including his corporate career, his inventions, his investments, and his two restaurants--into something good and lasting. There's a lot to learn from his personal story, and a lot of entertainment along the way. Adams discovered some unlikely truths that helped to propel him forward. For instance: * Goals are for losers. Systems are for winners. * "Passion" is bull. What you need is personal energy. * A combination of mediocre skills can make you surprisingly valuable. * You can manage your odds in a way that makes you look lucky to others. Adams hopes you can laugh at his failures while discovering some unique and helpful ideas on your own path to personal victory. As he writes: "This is a story of one person's unlikely success within the context of scores of embarrassing failures. Was my eventual success primarily a result of talent, luck, hard work, or an accidental just-right balance of each? All I know for sure is that I pursued a conscious strategy of managing my opportunities in a way that would make it easier for luck to find me."