Category Archives: Your Career

5 Insights That Will Help Ensure Your Resume Ages Gracefully

Evers-Legal-In-House-Legal-Career-Advice-July-2016Writing a great resume can be challenging for any lawyer. It’s a competitive profession, and one that’s replete with intelligent, experienced, hard-working achievers. It’s important to stand out among an already elite group. But the task of developing a strong, competitive resume becomes especially complicated for lawyers who have resume gaps.

It’s fairly easy to explain away short periods of time without a job. In fact, in-house counsel who have been laid off from big companies for reasons outside of their control are often highly sought after among other legal departments looking for experienced in-house counsel. But long stretches of unemployment are problematic.  More 

Nov. 15 -16 Superconference in Chicago

Please note that this year’s Inhouse Innovates series in Chicago (also and formerly known as the Inside Counsel “Superconference”), previously scheduled for May, is locked down now for Nov. 15 – 16.  There was a change in ownership and the conference is now run by American Lawyer Media.  The move to November has given ALM time to put its unique stamp on the conference and I’m excited to experience their approach.

I am pleased to be one of the panel moderators, and I hope you mark your calendar for the event.  If you previously received a Complimentary Conference Pass from Evers Legal for May, you are automatically registered for November and will receive notice of this (ping me if you don’t).  If you are not registered and wish to attend, let me know.  Depending on eligibility requirements, I may be able to assist with a conference pass or at least a discount.  Mike

Guest Columnist Susan Sneider Discusses the Importance of Networking

Sitting in for Meredith Haydon this issue, we welcome Susan Sneider as our guest columnist for Your Career.

Networking Expands Horizons, Opens Doors and Maximizes Career Satisfaction

When people ask me what networking is, I often start with identifying what networking is not.

Susan Sneider Importance of Networking Evers Legal SearchGlad-handing, pandering and pushiness are neither networking skills nor prerequisites to successful networking (and are, in fact, really incompatible with it). Working a room, while a great skill and potentially an initial networking step, is not networking either. Networking, it turns out, is actually something quite methodical and long term. It is equally accessible to extroverts and introverts alike and is best viewed as a marathon, not a sprint.

I define networking as the building and sustaining relationships over time to provide value to others. The heart of networking is helping others. The good news is that in the process of helping others, people are likely to experience their own personal and professional benefits in the future. More 

Survey Says: In-House Lawyers Crave More Control On the Job

YourCareerFeb16When reviewing replies to our Career Satisfaction Survey , a recurring theme jumped out at me. In-house lawyers would like to have more control over their career paths. We had 55 write-in answers to the Question: “Other than money, what would make your job more satisfying?” Those were on top of the five options offered. Mike commented on the top two answers (“expanded responsibilities” and “promotion”) in his recent InsideCounsel column.

But I was really fascinated by a deep dive into the write-in answers, as many of you took the time and opportunity to vent about specific challenges you are facing. Here are half of the fourteen comments that started with the word “more”:

  • “More control over work and output, the CEO is a control freak who needs to run everything.”
  • “More involvement with the business teams on strategic development and rationale.” More 

8 GCs Name the Most Influential Books of Their Lives and Careers

YourCareer-Dec15-1024x768Need holiday gift ideas for your career-aspiring family, friends and co-workers? Your shopping just got easier!

Eight current and former general counsel—all of whom are highly successful lawyers who have been profiled on Evers Legal’s blog—talk about the books that most influenced their lives and careers.

Check out this list of books (in no particular order) that helped to pave the impressive careers of some of the in-house bar’s top lawyers. More 

Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law

20150917_133500Thank you to Meredith Ritchie  and her fellow Board members for including me in yesterday’s Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law event.  The largely law firm oriented audience seized on client access and origination credit as a key driver towards improved inclusion and advancement for women at major firms.

Of course, I always find the in-house attorneys at any legal conference.  The photo here is with Cynthia Abbott, the stellar Chief Litigation Counsel for Motorola Mobility. More 

Conference season is here: It’s fun and good for your career

YourCareerFall is upon us, and we know what that means: football tailgating parties, pumpkin-flavored everything and conference season.

We’re into it already, as Mike writes in his blog about the recent Coalition of Women’s Initiative in Law event.

In-house counsel stay busy all year long, and sometimes struggle to find the time to attend conferences—be it industry focused or a legal conference with CLE. But carving out some time throughout the year, especially in the fall when conference season is fully underway, may be an opportunity for career advancement.

Attending legal conferences offers three obvious benefits, among others. These include: More 

References are powerful weapons in your job search arsenal

Most people think of references as a list of three people you hand over to a prospective employer after the company has decided it wants to hire you. But a proactive and strategic reference can help you long before you receive an offer, especially if you might need help getting in the door for an interview.

The power reference (PR) is someone who can make a difference. In rare cases, it will be a star, like a well-known general counsel or, for example, a U.S. Senator. Fame is not a prerequisite, however. The essential ingredient to a power reference is the relationship between the PR and the hiring decision-maker who receives the PR’s call. The relationship between you and the PR does not need to be nearly as strong or in-depth as you think. More 

Guest columnist Sheila Nielsen discusses applying creativity in your job search

nielsen052809Sitting in for Meredith Haydon this issue, we welcome Sheila Nielsen as our guest columnist for Your Career. This is an interesting take on the value of creativity in your networking efforts. Sheila is a believer in making your own luck, a theme that runs throughout her new book, now available at Amazon, titled: “Job Quest for Lawyers: The Essential Guide to Finding and Landing the Job You Want.”

Why Steve Jobs’ Ideas About Creativity Are Important for Your Job Search

“There’s a temptation in our networked age to think that ideas can be developed by email and iChat. That’s crazy. Creativity comes from spontaneous meetings, from random discussions. You run into someone, you ask what they’re doing, you say ‘wow’ and soon you’re cooking up all sorts of ideas.”

– Walter Issacson quoting Steve Jobs in his biography, Steve Jobs.

Brainstorming is a creative and exciting process. People get together, think about a problem, and come up with ideas and solutions. When it comes to your job search, you want to brainstorm with a lot of people and you want those creative juices flowing. More 

4 Tips for becoming a successful networker

YourCareer-networkNetworking. Many believe it’s essential to building a successful career in any profession. And in law, that sentiment is especially true.

But despite networking’s inarguable value, lawyers often find it to be a challenge—even a downright chore. While effective networking takes time, effort and research, the potential rewards—discovering a mentor, stumbling upon a highly sought after position or simply learning something new and relevant—are invaluable. The reality is, like it or not, getting out there and networking is critical to your success. More