What should you do when mental health issues are holding you back and making it difficult for you to build the career you want? Reader O wonders… I have struggled with mental health problems for years and as a result have always worked really terrible jobs (combination of poorly paid, admin/dogsbody type roles with bullying managers). I … Read More about When Fear and Low Self-Esteem Hold You Back
Job Hunting Advice
Hunting for a new job? This advice will help you along the way -- from networking to interviewing, even to changing careers.
If you’re planning to attend an alumni lunch for your law school — and you’ll be taking the opportunity to network there — how should you dress? Is wearing a suit a must in this situation? (Pictured, Boss Juicy 6 Jacket, $575 at Nordstrom — check out our full guide to women’s suits for more ideas.) Reader K wonders… I am … Read More about What to Wear to an Alumni Lunch Event
What’s the best way to style your long hair for a job interview if you’re a woman in your early 20s? Could wearing it down make you look too young? Reader D wonders: How should a 20-year-old style her long, straight hair for the interview process for a management consulting job? Is wearing it down and straight too young/collegiate? … Read More about How to Style Long Hair for Job Interviews
2018 Update: We still think this is an interesting discussion of how to find career coaches — but you may also want to check out our latest discussion of the best career advice from coaches. Career coaches: how do you find one? Why might you need one? When in your career should you look for … Read More about How to Find Career Coaches (And Why, and How)
Are you required to wear a skirt suit for an interview, or are sheath dresses acceptable? We’ve talked about interview attire (including what to wear beneath a suit jacket) before, but let’s discuss again. Here’s Reader L’s question: I have an upcoming call back interview at a big law firm. I am a 2nd year … Read More about Can You Wear a Sheath Dress and Jacket to an Interview?
2018 Update: We still think this is a fascinating discussion on how NOT to negotiate for job accommodations for severe allergies — you may also want to check out our most recent advice on negotiating a salary and other benefits. How — and when — should you tell employers about your requirements for an allergy-friendly … Read More about How NOT to Negotiate for Job Accommodations for Severe Allergies
Should you cover a tattoo for an interview? What if it’s in a place that’s hard to cover — should you go the extra mile just for the interview? Reader A wonders about her foot tattoo: I am a 2L at a Midwestern law school and going through the interview process for next summer. I … Read More about Foot Tattoos and Interviews
All right, ladies, let’s hear it: what are your best tips and tricks for keeping your resume updated? I’ve read a lot about checking for typos (vital!!!), using action words, and targeting your resume for the job you’re applying for (some say you should even use keywords from the job description itself!). My one resume “trick” … Read More about The Easiest Ways to Keep Your Resume Updated
2018 Update: We still stand by this advice on what to look for in interview flats— links have also been updated below. You may also want to check out our roundup of cute flats for the office, or our Guide to Interview Suits! What should you look for in interview flats? When, if ever, must … Read More about What to Look For in Interview Flats
Is your job very location-specific — and have you ever wondered what would happen to your career if you picked up and moved away from the “company town,” embarking on a long distance job search in the process? Today’s guest post comes to us from one of my best friends from law school, Mindy Barry, … Read More about Guest Post: How to Leave a Company Town (And Conduct a Long Distance Job Search)
Do you close career doors when you take a specialized job? How do you decide if it’s worth the risk of closing doors behind you? Reader A wonders: How to decide when you are at a career crossroads, if a great opportunity comes up, but it might close doors. (My best friend just got a … Read More about Closing Career Doors
Are 4″ heels too high for job interviews? Is a red sole inappropriate for interviewing and networking? Reader A wonders… Hi I was wondering if I could get some advice on shoes. I will be starting law school in the fall and I’m wondering what heels would be appropriate. I currently own a black leather … Read More about Can You Interview in 4″ Heels?