Making the summer associate experience a win-win

Making the summer associate experience a win-win

The summer experience has big stakes for both the law firm and the summer associate.

Most firms hire summer associates as a talent pipeline for their full-time associate ranks. The summer is an important evaluation period and recruiting period. The firm wants summers to be excited about full-time employment. This process, done annually, fosters a firm’s growth and evolution.

The summer program is equally important to the summer associate. The summer wants a full-time job; it’s harder to find a permanent spot as a rising 3L without an offer in hand. The summer also wants to create a positive reputation at the firm, because that reputation lays the foundation for long-term success at the firm.

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5 Tips for Summer Success: What Every Law Student Needs To Know

5 Tips for Summer Success: What Every Law Student Needs To Know

—Julie Schrager

For some students, summer is a break from school.  But for many law students, particularly after their 2L year, summer is an important step on the path to a permanent position.  You manage multiple writing assignments (and social events too!) and adapt what you’ve learned to new types of work and interactions.  And even if you are working at a law firm or other setting that either always gives offers or never gives offers, your second summer is an opportunity to develop some of the professional skills that you will need to be successful in whatever position you obtain after you graduate.  

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Northwestern Alumni Networking Webinar Follow-up Post

Thank you all for logging on for the Northwestern University Alumni Career Webinar, “3.5 Tips to Turbocharge Your Networking Skills.”

We have listed several resources below to assist you in your networking plan.

Amy Cuddy’s book, Presence: Bringing Your Boldest Self to Your Biggest Challenges is a great place to start in an effort to make networking opportunities more comfortable.

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11 Rules for Supervising Remote Employees

11 Rules for Supervising Remote Employees

Last week we shared 11 Rules You Need to Know for Working Remotely [add link], whether occasionally or full-time.  As we noted, 70% of workers around the world are remote at least one day per week, and more than 50% work remotely at least half of the time.  That means that more and more managers now supervise people working remotely. Whether you supervise employees who work remotely once in a while or people who are hired specifically to work remotely every day, the task requires different considerations – and often being more intentional – than supervising people you see every day.  As I shared last week, I’ve worked remotely full-time for about four years in various environments, remotely 10-30% of the time for about eight years, and have been location-independent for the last year. Having been supervised by staff both in a physical office and who were also remote, and having supervised employees who were always or partially remote, I’ve seen it all in terms of what to do . . . and what not to do.  Here are 11 rules to make managing remote employees better for everyone.

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Effectively Leading a Remote Team | VOTW 050719

Effectively Leading a Remote Team | VOTW 050719

Working remotely, whether occasionally or routinely, can make employees’ lives easier.  But supervising remote employees can require extra effort from managers.  For today’s Video of the Week, the Harvard Business Review shares tips on collaboration and communication for remote teams.  Check it out, and come back Thursday for our blog post on how to supervise remote workers without wanting to pack it in.  

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11 Rules You Need to Know for Working Remotely

11 Rules You Need to Know for Working Remotely

With summer approaching, the ability to work remotely can loom as the Holy Grail of benefits, making possible shorter days (minus the commute), focused attention on long-delayed projects, longer vacations thanks to the ability to work while the family relaxes, and lower childcare costs.  As we work with our career transition clients, the ability to work remotely – whether occasionally or regularly – is one of the items must often on their wish lists, whether as a proxy for a flexible workplace, or as a critical component to make their lives work.  This isn’t a unique desire; 70% of workers around the world are remote at least one day per week, and more than 50% work remotely at least half of the time.

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How to work remotely | VOTW 043019

How to work remotely | VOTW 043019

Working remotely is often considered the holy Grail of employment benefits, but the reality can be perilous.  That’s why working remotely is this week’s topic on the Apochromatik blog.  For the Video of the Week, learn how to intentionally build a better relationship with your boss — a much more challenging task when you work remotely.  Come back Thursday for tips on how to work remotely without hampering your career.  

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8 Tips to Fit More Reading into Your Schedule

8 Tips to Fit More Reading into Your Schedule

There are plenty of reasons reading more is important for professionals, from improving brain functions to keeping up on trends and developments in your industry, giving you something to talk about and think about outside work and family, to just feeling like you are using your brain.  But when was the last time you sat down with a novel or any other book you didn’t have to read for work?  In fact, 31% of Americans report that they have read just 1-5 books in the last year.

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What Can Reading Do For You? | VOTW 042319

What Can Reading Do For You? | VOTW 042319

In honor of #WorldBookDay, this week on the Apochromatik blog we’re talking about why and how to squeeze more reading into your schedule.  For today’s Video of the Week  we feature a short eight minute video discussing some of the benefits of reading.

Check back for Thursday’s post where we share hacks to fit more reading into your schedule.    

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Work/Life Balance or Whole Life Synchronization?

Work/Life Balance or Whole Life Synchronization?

This week I led a webinar for the University of Chicago “Mind Your Career” series entitled, “The Work/Life Myth: 3 Ways to Feel More In Sync With Your Life.” Many of us are actively seeking a way to find work/life balance, and to determine how and when work/life balance discussions and efforts are appropriate.

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How to Improve Your Executive Presence Quickly and Easily.

How to Improve Your Executive Presence Quickly and Easily.

When you think of executive presence, what comes to mind?  Is it looking rested and like you just came back from a vacation?   Having just the right outfit for every event?  Having a booming voice that enables the speaker to be heard over chaos?  After decades of working with leaders throughout my career, I can tell you that you don’t need self-tanner, a personal shopper, or elocution lessons to have executive presence.  (In fact, being inauthentic can actually hurt, rather than help, the cause.)

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Are You Résumé Ready? You should be.

Are You Résumé Ready?  You should be.

Are you résumé ready?

If tomorrow you hear about a perfect board position, how long will it take you to prepare your materials to apply?  

You aren’t looking for a job right now.  But what if you stumble upon the best next step for your career and the application is due tomorrow?  Are you prepared to submit?

If you are looking for a new job, is your résumé one of those items on your procrastination list that you don’t have done?

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5 Tips to Ace Your Video Interview

Job candidates often don’t realize that video interviews require different preparation from phone or in-person interviews.  In this week’s blog post, we’re sharing 5 tips to ace your video interview.  Read on to avoid the horror scenarios (a propeller coming out of your head, a search committee looking up your nose) and to ace your interview.

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VOTW 31919 | Why Video Interviews Require Special Preparation

VOTW 31919 | Why Video Interviews Require Special Preparation

This week’s blog topic is video job interviews.  More and more employers are using them, whether as a replacement for phone interviews or even in place of in-person interviews.  Thursday’s post provides 5 tips to ace your video interview.  Before we get to substance, though, here’s a light-hearted reminder of why video interviews require special preparation.  Close your door, and get ready for 45 seconds of hilarity that you’ll avoid by following Thursday’s tips.  

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