The article titled “Interviewing 101” was published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Chicago Bar Association “YLS Careers Update” newsletter.
It is every job seeker’s worst nightmare. You are interviewing for your ideal position and like Murphy’s Law, everything that can go wrong goes wrong. There are countless interview faux pas: you arrive late to the interview; your cell phone rings; you were tongue-tied or babbled while answering a critical question or mispronounced the interviewer’s name. Mistakes happen but you can attempt to avoid most blunders.
The article titled “Lean In to Your Job Search” was published in the Spring 2013 issue of the Chicago Bar Association “YLS Careers Update” newsletter.
After being very accomplished and well established in her career, Sheryl Sandberg became a public figure by publishing Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead (“Lean In”). Ms. Sandberg theorizes that women hold themselves back from reaching high power positions because of gender bias, lack of self-confidence, and the difficult choices women must make when balancing family and career. Throughout her book, Ms. Sandberg encourages women to “lean in” to their professional lives. In fact, the “book makes the case for leaning in, for being ambitious in any pursuit.”[i] I contend that both women and men should apply some of the principles set forth in Ms. Sandberg’s book Lean In to their job search.
The article titled “Your Career Fitness Plan” was published in the January 2013 inaugural issue of the Chicago Bar Association YLS Careers Update newsletter.
As the holidays approached, I wanted to shed some unwanted weight and start the New Year as a New Me. Like most tasks, I looked for a quick and easy way to drop the pounds. After a failed search for a magic weight-loss pill on the Internet and at the drug store, I finally spoke with personal trainers at my local gym who told me that there was no easy fix to my big problem: I needed to follow a weight loss plan, which required limited calories, exercise, and discipline.
Similarly, some of my clients, who are new attorneys or attorneys in transition, want to start the New Year in a new job. Like me, they are impatient and look for the magic pill. Instead of reaching for easy results, the better approach is to formulate a Career Fitness Plan. A Career Fitness Plan involves five tried and true steps. The steps are: (1) Introspection; (2) Resume review; (3) Cover letter evaluation; (4) Interview skills assessment; and (5) Networking.
The article titled “You’ve Got to be Kidding!” was published in the January 2013 inaugural issue of the Chicago Bar Association YLS Careers Update newsletter. I was appalled by the Iowa Supreme Court decision that ruled that a female employee may be lawfully terminated simply because the boss viewed her as an “irresistible attraction.”
In Melissa Nelson v. James H. Knights DDS, P.C. and James Knight, the Iowa Supreme Court ruled that “a female employee who has not engaged in flirtatious conduct may be lawfully terminated simply because the boss views the employee as an irresistible attraction.” Putting aside the questionable legal theory of the opinion, this appalling decision threatens the progress women have made over the last few decades. Nelson was terminated only because her boss was attracted to her and “feared he would try to have an affair with her…if he did not fire her.” The defendant testified that Nelson never did “anything wrong or inappropriate and was the best dental assistant he had ever had.” Rather than firing her for her shortcomings, he terminated her to accommodate his own shortcomings. He could have controlled himself, sought counseling, or limited his time alone with the employee. Having been terminated because she was a woman, it is extremely unlikely that she would have been terminated had she been a man.