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Job search self-awareness: lawyer, know thyself!

The current economic dislocation has provoked a lot of lawyers to scurry for new career opportunities. In the midst of the commotion, many folks slip into reactive mode, chasing every posting on website job boards and drafting application materials without a clear sense of how they fit.

Being smart about social media and recruiting

Social media can be helpful in the recruiting process. Like any other tool for job searching (resumes, cover letters, etc.), social media is another weapon in your arsenal to effectively market yourself. However, you need to remember that it is a tool, not the be-all and end-all. In other words, LinkedIn, Twitter and Facebook are […]

How law students should use LinkedIn

There is no doubt about it – if you are a law student and do not have a vibrant, comprehensive, and frequently-updated profile on LinkedIn, you are missing an essential tool in your job hunting, professional networking, and personal branding tool box.

Changes hitting the legal industry — what they mean for the average lawyer

A recent editorial in the New York Times suggests that the current economic crisis will force big changes in the structure of the legal profession and legal careers in general. Gone are the days of high billing rates, stratospheric big firm salaries and huge billable requirements. Maybe. There is no doubt that the economy is […]

Experienced lawyers apparently worth $40 per hour, tops

Spotted on Craigslist: I’m looking for a licensed lawyer (if you just graduated and passed the bar and can legally practice) with experience in family law (that’s looking for more experience and references)to assist me with my custody case. I will pay at a rate of $20.00 to $40.00 per hour, depending on experience and […]

Hello from Strategic Solutions for Solo & Small Firms

I am up in Duluth this weekend for MCLE’s Strategic Solutions for Solo & Small Firms. I am doing two “Iron Tech” sessions tomorrow where I will be showing off Ubuntu Linux and putting it up head-to-head against Windows and OSX. On Tuesday, I will be talking about the paperless law office and leading a […]

Solo attorney Jennifer Lewis Kannegieter on marketing, blogging, and practice management

Solo attorney Jennifer Lewis Kannegieter discusses marketing, blogging, and practice management in her law firm.