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Florida Coastal Career Services has teamed up with networking expert Tiffany Gorton to bring you her presentation “Network your Face Off” on Friday September 28, 2012 from 10:00-11:00 am (EST).Tiffany graduated from Thomas M. Cooley Law School in 2008 and moved to Seattle, Washington where she knew (literally) no-one.  Using the techniques she will discuss in her presentation combined with hard work and a positive attitude, Tiffany was able to land her dream job.   Tiffany’s passion for networking has led her to publish the following articles on the subject: “Look the Recession in the Eye and Find a Job” and “Volunteering: Reaping the benefits of Your Work.”Tiffany’s presentation is designed to give recent law school graduates the tips, tools and skills they need for a successful career search.      

Please join us!  To register for this webinar, click the following link https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/249671977 and enter the required information. 

 

Please join me. . .

I will be attending the 6th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, entitled “The Extraordinary Lawyer:  Minding your own Business”, September 21-22 (this Friday and Saturday) in Orlando.  This conference has features designed for law students and is a great chance to meet attorneys and judges while learning about succeeding in your future practice. 

•   Law student price at $60 includes full registration for 1 ½ day of programming, two breakfasts, two lunches, cocktail reception, entertainment & prizes.

•   Each law student will be assigned a mentor for the conference.

•   A special law student, recent graduate program – “Succeeding as a New Law Clerk or Associate in a Smaller Firm” will be offered on Saturday, September 22 at 10:45 a.m.

•   Chances to interact with solo and small firm practitioners to learn about practice areas and opportunities.

For more information, click here.  I hope to see you there!

Thank You

Thank you to all the students who traveled to the FAMU Law School’s campus in Orlando on Saturday to attend the Central Florida Diversity Mentoring Picnic.  I enjoyed meeting you and hope you’ll continue to take advantage of great events like this.  I met a lot of people–students, practicing attorneys and judges. . .you never know who may become a great connection for you!

Are you interested in networking?

 

If so, the General Practice Solo and Small Firm (GPSSF) Section of the Florida Bar is hosting the  6th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference, entitled “The Extraordinary Lawyer:  Minding your own Business”, September 21-22 in the Orlando area at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel.  This conference has features designed for law students and is a great chance to meet attorneys and judges while learning about succeeding in your future practice. 

•   Law student price at $60 includes full registration for 1 ½ day of programming, two breakfasts, two lunches, cocktail reception, entertainment & prizes.

•   Each law student will be assigned a mentor for the conference.

•   A special law student, recent graduate program – “Succeeding as a New Law Clerk or Associate in a Smaller Firm” will be offered on Saturday, September 22 at 10:45 a.m.

•   Chances to interact with solo and small firm practitioners to learn about practice areas and opportunities.

•   Exhibit hall of vendors offering products, services and give-aways.

•   Law practice management track & Law office technology track.

For more information, click here.  I hope to see you there!

 

Informational Meetings: Prepare Your Questions

Informational meetings are a great opportunity to obtain the insight and guidance of practicing attorneys in your job search.  They can give you tips on how they decided what type of law to practice, the local legal economy, and the culture of local legal employers.  To make the most of these interviews, you need an effective list of questions.  For example, ask attorneys what they love and what they hate about their jobs and the type of law they practice.  Ask how they obtained their first position, how firms in the community tend to hire, and how you can get to know local practitioners.  Finally, request referrals to other attorneys with whom they think it would be helpful for you to speak.

Preparing for Informational Meetings: Identify Your Targets

An informational meeting is an interview you conduct with a practicing attorney to research a field of law or a geographic area.  Informational meetings are also wonderful networking tools since they allow you to introduce yourself to members of the legal community and to follow-up with them to further develop your relationship.  The first step for successful informational meetings is to prepare a list of your targets.  This list should include attorneys who practice in the area of law in which you are interested, attorneys who practice in your chosen geographic area, attorneys you know, and attorneys who share interests or other affinities with you.  You can compile the list utilizing resources such as Martindale.com, the state bar’s web site, and the local bar association’s web site.  Each of these resources list attorneys’ addresses, phone numbers, and emails.  Compile this information in an organized list to identify your targets.

The Value of Small Firms

In a down economy, all law firms are affected in some way.  However, larger law firms are often affected far more than smaller law firms.  Small law firms have less than 50 attorneys and are likely to be in the range of 25 or fewer lawyers.  Because they are more lean and do not overstaff, but rather, hire as needed, they generally do not suffer the lay-offs and reductions of larger firms.  As such, small firms are often more likely to hire in a down economy than the larger firms.  Since small firms rely heavily on word-of-mouth when hiring, it is imperative to network and to utilize informational meetings to introduce yourself to key partners in small firms.  Contact the Career Services Department today to schedule an appointment to discuss your strategy for reaching out to a small firm.

How to Work a Room

If you are planning to attend any bar functions or other networking events this summer, arm yourself with these tips on how to work a room:

  • Be genuine and be a good listener.
  • Make eye contact with a great smile.
  • Have a firm handshake.
  • Read newspapers, magazines, and practice journals before the event for conversation topics.
  • Practice department statements, such as “Please excuse me, I’m going to refresh my drink.”
  • Circulate.  Spend no more than 10 minutes with any person or group.
  • Always thank your host before you leave.

Cultivating Relationships at Networking Events

Attending an event is not networking if you don’t cultivate relationships and follow up.    Know who is attending and what you have in common with them.  Understand that your goal is to plant a seed that you can cultivate into a strong relationship and that this will merely be your first point of contact with your targets.  Lay the foundation for a follow-up phone call for an informational meeting.  And remember to ask for each person’s business card and to jot a quick note about your conversation with them on the card.

 

 

Preparing for the Networking Receptions in Atlanta, D.C., Orlando, and Miami

If you plan to attend the networking receptions in Atlanta, D.C., Orlando, or Miami, remember to wear professional attire at the reception and to ask for business cards from those you meet. You should not bring resumes since the receptions are solely for networking and learning about the local legal community. If you need assistance from our office in coordinating your follow-up efforts, please email careerservices@fcsl.edu to schedule an appointment. Note that even if you are not in Jacksonville for the summer, we can do a phone session with you.