The Office of Career Planning Weekly Events

11/4 – 11/10

TOP 5 EXTERNSHIP JOBS – Earn academic credit

Job ID# Employer Location Job Title Preferred Class
4056 Valparaiso University  General Counsel & Human Resources Department Valparaiso, IN Spring 2014 Extern  Apply by Nov. 14 2L, 3L
4028 Indiana Department of Revenue Indianapolis, IN Spring 2014 Extern  Apply by Nov. 20 3L
4062 Lake County Prosecutor Crown Point, IN Spring 2014 Extern   Apply by Nov. 12 2L, 3L
4102 LaPorte Superior Court #1       (Judge Lang) Michigan City, IN Spring 2014 Extern   Apply by Nov. 11 2L, 3L
4057 Illinois Attorney General Chicago, IL Spring 2014 Extern        Apply by Nov. 14 2L, 3L

PRO BONO PLENARY FOR 3Ls – Tuesday, November 12, 3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Stride Courtroom

The purpose of this final session is to discuss the value of engaging in pro bono work as an attorney. Students will share their experiences.

Required for all December 2013 Graduates

May 2014 Graduates are also welcome to attend. Those who do attend will not be required to attend the Pro Bono Plenary in April 2014.

ALUMNI MENTOR PROGRAM 

Attention Students! Sign up for the Alumni Mentor Program! This is an available resource for all students. With over 150 Alumni volunteers signed up to participate, you won’t want to miss this opportunity. The program is accessible through Strategy, click here for more details on how to get started!

Etiquette Tip of the Week: How to Proof Your Email

From the Culture and Manners Institute http://www.cultureandmanners.com/

Zombies are in this Halloween. Neighbor kids are trying to decide between zombie doctor or zombie nurse.  I think zombie dentist would be infinitely more frightening, but that’s just me.

In a sense, we all wake up in the morning looking like zombies.  When we peer into the mirror first thing, our hair is a mess, we have one eye open, mouth slightly agape, and our clothing looks like it has been slept in.  We might even be a little smelly.  We would never show up to an interview or an important meeting looking like this.  We would clean up first.

So why then, would we send a business-related email before it has been cleaned up?  Our emails are a reflection of ourselves — they are part of our image.  Sending out an email to a potential client or employer with texting lingo, full of grammatical errors and even misspelling the recipient’s name or company… is like showing up in our pajamas.

How do you proofread your email so it is less scary?

1) Read the email first for grammar.
Are you using correct punctuation: periods, commas, question marks and even an occasional exclamation point?
Did you correctly use words like where/wear/ware, hear/here, there/their, our/are, to/too, its/it’s? (It’s “it’s” if you can break it into “it is.”)

Did you eliminate duplicate or excess words left over when you edited a sentence?

Did you separate run-on sentences into smaller sentences? (A run-on sentence happens when you try to cram too many thoughts into one sentence.)

2) Read the email a second time.
Recite each word slowly and deliberately, so you hear each word and how they connect. Mistakes are overlooked when you hear your “composing” voice and what you meant to say, instead of reading the actual words.

Remember, our emails are part of our image, just like our clothing and hygiene choices.  Poor proofing makes potential employers and clients want to scream.  Have a happy and safe Halloween and don’t send out your business emails looking like zombies.

NEW LAWYER COMMITTEE & DUPAGE COUNTY BAR ASSOCIATION PRESENT –

Job Search Workshop on Thursday, November 14

Free Event – Great Opportunity for Students!

Location: Hyatt Lisle, 1400 Corporetum Drive, Lisle, IL 60532

1:00 p.m., Registration

Workshop will include:

  • Interview & Job Search Tips
  • Round Table Resume Review
  • Mock Interviews – Register to get a timeslot
  • Professional Fashion Show

Make sure to bring 5 extra copies of your resume

New Lawyer Happy Hour will immediately follow at 5:00 p.m.

Visit the calendar on dcba.org to sign up and send your resume to secure a mock interview time.