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Interview Tips: Telephonic & Skype Interviews

If you are job searching long distance, there is a good chance that you have had some telephonic Interviewscontact, perhaps even a videoconferencing interview, with an employer.  Here are some tips to make a great impression and make a connection even if you are not face to face, as discussed by Hillary Mantis writing for the National Jurist.

For telephonic contacts and interviews:

1.   Set up your interview space.  It is important to have a quiet, serene space where you can have your call uninterrupted.  Use a landline, if possible, as cell phone problems, or bad cell service can thwart the whole experience.  Nothing like a dropped call, or an employer unable to hear you to ensure that you are not offered the job!

2.   Act like it is a face to face interview.  Although it sounds ridiculous, you should dress up or at least dress in business casual for the telephonic interview.  I know I feel more professional on a call when I am dressed for work.  Also, remember to have your resume and cover letter (or any other document that may be helpful) in front of you during the call, for easy reference.

3.   Practice speaking.  You need to speakly loudly and clearly during a telephonic interview, and sometimes it helps to practice, perhaps even by recording yourself to determine if you say too many “ums” or if you speak too softly.  It has also been suggested that you speak “standing up” while on the call, as it makes you sounds more forceful.  Most importantly, SMILE!  It really does come through on the other side of the line.

4.   Remember to make your key points.  Just because you are on the phone and it may seem like it is a more casual setting than an in-person interview, don’t forget to sell yourself and to look at your resume and make sure you get in the points you think they should know about you.  Think of how you solved problems, showed initiative or worked independently.  Don’t forget to send a thank you note within 24 hours.

For Skype or Videoconference Interviews:

1.   Find a quiet room or office, preferably one with white walls or a neutral background.  Don’t use your laptop on your lap in your bedroom with an open messy closet as your background.  Look professional and you will be taken seriously.

2.   Test your connection in the room you will be using prior to the interview. 

3.   Contact the Career Services Office at 680-7744 to reserve the conference room or an interview room.  With comparable technology, videoconferencing and Skype interviews are available through our office.

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!

We’re Consolidating the CSD Blogs!

your careerWe will now be hosting ONE blog for all of your CSD needs!  We are consolidating each of our separate blogs into Career Crossroads.  Now, everything you need to know about Diversity, Private Practice, Alternative Careers, Government & Public Interest and anything else related to your career will be hosted on this blog.  Simply use the appropriate tag at the bottom of each post to select your interest.  For example, when you’re searching for a job in alternative careers, scroll to the right-hand side of the blog under the Categories header, click on “Job Opportunity” and then click “Alternative Careers” under the Tags header.  Your preferences will sort based on your selections. 

Questions about the blog?  Contact Abby Lee at alee@fcsl.edu.

Update Your Information on Symplicity!

Students and Alumni: remember to log onto Symplicity and update your profile in order to view the latest news, such as job postings and OCIs, that are pertinent to you!  It’s important to updateSymplicity information like your class year, expected graduation date and geographic preferences, which are not updated automatically.  While the CSD will change class years and expected graduation dates for students each summer, it is necessary for each student to ensure that this information is correct.  If it is not, you have the ability to change this under your “Academic Profile” tab.  The ability to request a counseling appointment on Symplicity will resume in the Fall! 

If you have questions about Symplicity, please contact Tara Block at tblock@fcsl.edu or 680.7744.

Non-Florida Bar Prep Breakfast with the Career Services Department

For those alumni who will be taking the Bar Exam outside of Florida and are busy studying, the Career Services Department will be hosting a breakfast for YOU next Monday, June 24th atBreakfast 8:30 a.m.   Next Monday’s breakfast will include a brief, interactive presentation on resumes & cover letters.  Specifically, we will cover how to adjust your resume to reflect your graduate and bar exam status.  Additionally, we will talk about tailoring your resume and cover letters to highlight transferrable skills.  Plus, we’ll 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 Thursday , June 20th at Noon.  Hope to see you all next Monday!

Summer Alumni Chapter Events: Students Welcome!

The Alumni Chapters will be hosting summer events for alumni, current students and admitted students heading to Coastal in the Fall.  Follow the hyperlink on each city’s name for more information including a link to the Facebook event and the opportunity to RSVP.  You may also RSVP by e-mailing fcslalumni@fcsl.edu.

  • Tuesday, June 11 at 5:30-7:30 p.m.:  Charlotte Alumni Chapter Summer Send Off at the Icehouse.
  • Thursday, June 20 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Orlando Alumni Chapter Summer Send Off at TAPS.
  • Wednesday, July 17 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Tampa Alumni Chapter Summer Send Off at Brio.
  • Saturday, July 20 at 4:00-6:00 p.m.: Atlanta Alumni Chapter Summer Send Off at 5 Seasons Brewing Company in Sandy Springs.
  • Wednesday, July 24 at 6:00-8:00 p.m.: Tallahassee Alumni Chapter Summer Send Off at Level 8 Lounge at Hotel Duval.
  • Tuesday, July 27 at 5:00-7:00 p.m.: Pensacola Alumni Chapter Summer Send Off at Jaco’s Bayfront Bar & Grill.

Hope to see you there!

Having Trouble Accessing Symplicity Now That You’ve Graduated?

Alumni: As a graduate, you always have full access to Symplicity, where you can view and apply for jobs and OCIs, browse the wealth of information on the Document Library, request an appointmentSymplicity with one of our Career Counselors and search employers within our system. 

You have the option to keep your username the same as it was in law school (which is your C number e-mail address) or you can ask us to change it to any e-mail address that you use.  We will assign you a password when we reset your account.  The link to the Symplicity student page always remains the same. 

To request a change in username or password, simply e-mail Abby Lee at alee@fcsl.edu for assistance.  We’re happy to help!

Resume Collect Opportunities!

Students and Alumni: don’t miss the following Resume Collect opportunities posted in Symplicity! 

Law Office of Omar Farooq, PLLC
Eligible: 1Ls, 2Ls (soon to be 2Ls & 3Ls as of this summer)Resume
Position: Law Clerk
Areas of Practice: Commercial, Criminal Law
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Compensation: Paid
Application Material: Resume, Unofficial Transcript
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, 2013
How to Apply: Submit your application via Symplicity under the OCI tab 

Jax Metro Credit Union
Eligible: Graduates
Position: Executive Vice President
Category: Alternative Careers
Location: Jacksonville, FL
Compensation: Paid + Benefits
Required Qualifications: JD required; Must have prior experience working in the financial services industry
Preferred Qualifications: Two plus years of experience in marketing, finance, or bank/credit union operations
Application Material: Resume
Application Deadline: 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2013
How to Apply: View the position description and submit your application via Symplicity under the OCI tab


Requesting Appointments via Symplicity

While the CSD is open throughout the summer, please note that counseling appointments cannotAppointment be scheduled through Symplicity during the summer.  For summer appointments, please call us at (904) 680-7744, e-mail us at careerservices@fcsl.edu, drop by our office in Room 180 or contact your Career Counselor directly via phone or e-mail to schedule an appointment.  We will resume appointment requests via Symplicity in the fall.

We are open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m.  Appointments are scheduled beginning at 9:00 a.m. with the last available appointment at 4:00 p.m.

Add Search Agents on your Symplicity Account to Quickly Access Jobs that Meet Your Criteria!

Looking for a way to improve your job search on Symplicity?  Adding hints on the Job | AdvancedSymplicity Search | Search tabs will help guide you through the process of setting up search agents.  Below are some examples of hints to add on various tabs:

Jobs tab

Job search agents will alert you when there are new jobs posted to the system that meet your specific criteria. You can also set how often updates are sent to you. See Advanced Search tab for more information.

Advanced Search tab

Advanced searches allow you to create a Search Agent by utilizing the “save as” feature. Check the save as box at the top, name your search agent, select your criteria, and click submit. This saved search will now appear in your Search Agents. See Search Agents to enable your agent to run on a scheduled basis.

Search Agents tab

Search Agents may be scheduled to run on a regular basis, edited or manually generated by clicking the ‘run’ button. Click the schedule button to set the search agent frequency.