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Real Property Executive Council Meeting – Mock Interview Opportunity for Students!

February 6 – 9, 2014
Ritz Carlton Amelia Island
Amelia Island, Florida

MOCK INTERVIEWS for law students will be conducted in conjunction with the Amelia Island executive council meeting.

The interviews are expected to last 30 minutes total, with the mock interview lasting approximately 20 minutes and a 5-10 minute critique / feedback period.  In addition to all the great benefits of attending the executive council meeting, I cannot stress the opportunity this provides. 

Interested students should email the following information to Brenda Ezell, Esq. at Brenda@ezellfirmpa.com:

1.            Name for each student participating in the mock interview

2.            Contact information (presumably email address) for each student

3.            A copy of the resume for each student

Happy Holidays!

Happy Holidays from the CSD!  The Blog is taking a much needed nap this holiday season. Do not expect any new posts until the New Year. Please keep in mind that our office will be Puppy Christmasclosed from December 24 through January 1.  We will resume regular business hours on January 2. 

There are several fellowship and internship opportunities currently available on Symplicity.  Remember that winter break is a great time to network with alumni and other legal professionals in your area.  Be sure to read our “Make the Most of Your Holiday Break” Part 1 and Part 2 blog posts from Dec. 12th and 16th to provide you with ideas on how to leverage this short period of time that you have in between classes and contact us when you return to schedule an appointment with one of our knowledgeable and experienced Career Counselors. 

Enjoy a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Tap Into the Power of Your Alumni Network

Florida Coastal has an extensive network of alumni working all across the country in Q&Atraditional and alternative legal careers.  Our alumni are a valuable resource that students often overlook.  As the holiday break approaches, now is the perfect time to start reaching out to alumni and scheduling informational interviews in your hometown.  Informational interviews will provide you with unique insight into specific practice areas, alternative careers, and/or what it’s like to work in a particular city or region.  They also allow you to establish professional connections that just might lead to an employment opportunity. 

We work closely with the Alumni Relations Office to maintain contacts with our alumni.  These alumni have been in your shoes and they can answer your questions about the advantages and challenges of pursuing a legal career.  If you are interested in connecting with a Coastal alum who is working in an area of the law that interests you, send an email to Lauren Griffith, Alumni Relations Manager, at lgriffith@fcsl.edu to assist you with locating and contacting alumni. 

Do you need to prepare for an informational interview with an alum or potential employer?  Contact our office at careerservices@fcsl.edu.  Also check out this related document to provide you with ideas on questions to ask during your informational interview.

Best Wishes on Your Finals!

Good LuckThe CSD wishes each and every student the best as you embark on this semester’s final exams! Remember, if you need our assistance, our office is open through December 23.  After your exams, you can schedule an appointment with us by phone at 680-7744, e-mail at careerservices@fcsl.edu, or stop by our office, Room 180, Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm. 

Scheduling appointments via Symplicity will be closed for the month of December and will re-open in January.

CSD Coffee Wednesdays

The Career Services Department will be in the Atrium on Wednesdays from 2:00 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. to answer quick questions.Coffee 2

Stop by to see a counselor and get answers to any job search questions you have or ask questions about using Symplicity while you enjoy an afternoon coffee. We can also schedule appointments for more complex questions. 

You can pick up the most up-to-date job search checklists, a yellow bookmark, a CSD pen and our fall events calendar.  We also have hot chocolate and hot teas as well as delicious snacks!

Interviewers’ Pet Peeves

So, you’ve landed an interview for a position and you want to be prepared. Make sure, then, to avoid things that may jeopardize your chances.Pet Peeves

1. Showing up late. If being late is unavoidable, make sure you call and explain the reason. Do not, though, run behind due to your lack of planning–it implies you will not be able to make deadlines and is unacceptable to employers. Plan ahead, figure out where the interview is located and get an early start.

2. Lack of preparation. This is the single biggest complaint of interviewers and indicates to them that you may not be ready for the responsibillities of the position. Make sure you have copies of your resume, have researched the position and the firm, and are dressed appropriately.

3. Dressing inappropriately or wearing too much perfume/cologne. Please consult the Career Services Handbook for tips.

4. The inability to answer multiple questions or failing to answer the question asked. This is where preparation comes into play–if you have researched and prepared some answers in advance to possible questions, you will not be caught off guard. If you don’t know the answer, say so, and let them know that you will find out the answer. With regard to failing to answer the question asked–practice your listening skills and during an interview directly answer the question asked, do not go off on tangents.

5. Talking too much. While you are probably nervous, answer the question at hand and then stop unless encouraged by the interviewer to go on.

6. Lack of eye contact. Again, everyone understands you are nervous, by you must greet the interviewer with a handshake, a smile, and eye contact. This eye contact should continue for the duration of the interview. Practice if you have to.

7. Not having questions ready to ask the interviewer. Nothing says lack of interest more than you not having a few well thought out questions ready to ask your interviewer.

Need help preparing for your interview?  Contact our office at 680-7744 or careerservices@fcsl.edu to schedule an appointment with a counselor today!

Non-Florida Bar Prep Breakfast with the Career Services Department

Breakfast 2Attention Alumni taking the Bar Exam outside of Florida: The Career Services Department will be hosting a breakfast for YOU on Monday, July 8th at 8:30 a.m.!!  Next Monday’s breakfast will include an interactive presentation on Linkedin, Twitter and your career search.  We’ll also provide you with delicious breakfast items to energize you!

Let us help you get your day started!

RSPV to Ray Adams @ radams@fcsl.edu by Friday, July 5th at Noon. Hope to see you all on Monday!