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Compliance Panel on January 30th!

Compliance is a hot area for those interested in nontraditional legal careers.  In fact, many employers are actively recruiting attorneys and JD’s for compliance roles.  On Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 12:00-1:15 p.m. in Room 550 we will have a panel ofRSVP esteemed compliance attorneys discussing this hot topic and the growth of compliance positions in the legal industry.  The panelists include:

Moderator:
Kristine Cherek, Esq.
Visiting Assistant Professor
Florida Coastal School of Law

Panelists:

Monique Brown, Esq.
Corporate Compliance, Privacy & Risk Counsel
Fidelity National Information Services

John J. Price, Esq.
Global Litigation & Compliance Counsel
CEVA Logistics

Anna Shea, Esq.
Corporate Compliance & Privacy Counsel
Fidelity National Information Services

If you are interested in learning more about compliance and networking with professionals in the field, RSVP on Symplicity or send an email to careerservices@fcsl.edu to reserve your spot.  Lunch and drinks will be provided to those who RSVP!

NALP & EJW – Free Summer Job Search webinar series for students and CSO professionals

Public Interest Summer Job Search Webinars 

This free two-part webinar series, co-sponsored byWebinar 1 NALP and Equal Justice Works, provides both law students and CSO professionals with insight on the key elements of the summer public interest job application process. Attorneys with years of application review experience highlight what you should and shouldn’t do; explain how and why public interest application materials may substantively differ from law firm materials; and explore the dynamics of personal interactions in interviews and networking situations.

The Summer Public Interest Job Search Part I – Best Practices in Drafting Cover Letters and Resumes
Thursday, January 23 at 2:00 ET
https://www2.gotogeeting.com/register/488502650

The Summer Public Interest Job Search Part II – Best Practices in Interviewing and In-person Networking
Friday, January 24 at 2:00 ET
https://www2.gotomeeting.com/register/462203130 

 

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!

Make the Most of Your Winter Break (Part Two)

The winter break is an ideal time to establish or enhance your social networking presence. Holiday-2Social networking is no longer the wave of the future, it is our reality today! Lawyers are joining the major social networking sites at a faster rate than ever before. It’s no secret that it is challenging to land the job of your dreams in today’s market, but developing a strong professional social networking presence is one way that you can distinguish yourself from the competition. The first step is to establish profiles on each of the top three social networking sites – Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter.

Facebook: While Facebook has not historically been used for professional social networking, there has been a shift toward using Facebook for professional purposes, and many law firms and companies now have Facebook pages that you can follow, so I recommend updating your profile to ensure that all pictures and posts project a professional appearance. Then, start following law firms and organizations that interest you.

LinkedIn: Since LinkedIn is recognized as the primary site for professional social networking, you are at a distinct disadvantage in the job market if you do not have a LinkedIn profile. Create a profile and include a headshot that looks professional (it does not have to be taken by a professional photographer – you can use a nice amateur photo and crop it so that it only shows your face). Write a summary that highlights your accomplishments in law school and your future goals. Include all relevant prior employment and experiential learning, including clinics and externships. Then, research and join groups that match your professional interests and groups that are in your target market. Don’t forget alumni groups from your undergraduate institution and Florida Coastal. And start making connections! Connect with people you know and people you want to know, and be sure to customize your invitation so that people know why you want to connect with them. The goal in making connections on LinkedIn as a student is to establish meaningful relationships with practitioners who can be resources for you, even if they do not have job opportunities within their organizations. The best way to turn someone away is to come right out and tell them that you are connecting with them because you are looking for a job. Under the News tab on LinkedIn, you can also follow specific industries and publications, and LinkedIn will customize the articles that you see based on your preferences. This is a great way to keep your finger on the pulse of the industries that interest you.

Twitter: Twitter is another site that is being used by more and more lawyers every day. It offers a vehicle to connect with people and follow the latest news in any given industry. You can use Twitter as a hybrid of professional and personal social networking. I follow professional contacts, companies, and legal publications as well as sports programs, celebrities, and local organizations. Creating a Twitter profile is simple, and you can use the same picture that you use for your LinkedIn profile. Check out the people that I am following for ideas of who to follow (@afourmangator). Also, click here to read an article from InsideCounsel discussing why all lawyers should use Twitter.

Once you are up and running, remember that the key to social networking is meaningful activity. If you want to be noticed, you have to join the conversation. Stay on top of the latest news and offer insightful comments, ask questions, answer questions, and share relevant articles. As a former legal recruiter, I know firsthand that people are landing jobs everyday based on connections made through social networking. You could be next!

Stay tuned in the Spring semester for a CSD workshop focused on social networking and stop by the CSD library to check out our resources on social networking.

If you have obtained a job through social networking – either through a connection made on a social networking site or through a job posting that you found on a social networking site – please contact us so that we can feature your story in a future blog post.

[Originally posted on our Alternative Careers blog.]

Make the Most of Your Winter Break (Part One)

Finals are almost over, and you are one semester closer to graduation! Definitely take someHoliday-1 time to relax and enjoy yourself after all of the hard work that you put into this past semester. You deserve it! But also make the most of your downtime by dedicating some time to career planning. The holidays are a great time for networking. Use your time away from the classroom to get out and meet people in the legal community or in the industry where you plan to pursue an alternative career.

Florida Coastal alumni association events are a great way to meet people with whom you already have something in common. The Florida Coastal alumni association chapters in Washington DC, Pensacola, South Carolina, and Atlanta are all hosting holiday events over the break. If you are interested in working in any of those markets, don’t miss out on the opportunity to establish connections with Coastal alumni who could be valuable resources for you throughout your career. Click here for a listing of alumni association chapters and links to their Facebook group pages. If your city does not have an alumni association event over the break, look for events through the local bar association or other professional associations.

In addition to holiday networking events, you can use your time in your target market to reach out to professionals for informational meetings. An informational meeting is an opportunity to get information and advice about a specific practice area or an alternative career. It is also a way to build a relationship with someone who is working in an area that interests you, and you never know where it might lead. Check out the Career Handbook for a step-by-step guide to informational meetings. If you don’t have a copy, stop by the CSD and pick one up before you leave for the break. Stay tuned for part two of making the most of your winter break, where we’ll discuss ways to incorporate social networking into your job search.

[Originally posted on our Alternative Careers blog.]

Alumni Chapter Holiday Socials

The South Carolina, Washington, D.C. and Atlanta alumni chapters have finalized their 2013Holiday bells-14 holiday events and invite you to attend!  All students, alumni and their guests are welcome.  Please RSVP via the attached links if you plan to be there.  These are great networking opportunities!

  • Wednesday, December 18 at 5-8 p.m.: South Carolina Alumni/Student Holiday Party at The Phipps Law Firm in Mt. Pleasant.  RSVP here.
  • Friday, January 3 at 6-8:30 p.m.: Washington, D.C. Alumni/Student Holiday Party at Johnny’s Half Shell.  RSVP here.
  • Saturday, January 4 at 6-8 p.m.: Atlanta Alumni/Student Holiday Party at Gordon Biersch Brewery in Buckhead.  RSVP here.

If you would like to join any of the Alumni Chapter Facebook groups, please visit the alumni chapter directory and contact Alumni Relations Manager, Lauren Griffith at lgriffith@fcsl.edu with questions.  See where our FCSL graduates practice throughout the United States by viewing the alumni map.  You can also connect with graduates by logging into your LinkedIn homepage and clicking “Network” then “Find Alumni” on the top navigation bar.  You can then search by practice area or city/state.  Additionally, students can connect with graduates through the Coastal Connect Online Directory.

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.