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Articles about careers for lawyers and attorneys: how to change careers; going outside the law; search firm versus career counselor; resumes or bios; our book, “Career Renewal”.


LAW FIRM PARTNERS ON THE VERGE:
Do’s & Don’ts When The Writing’s on the Wall

Are you a partner at a large law firm? Are your clients failing? Is your firm’s future unpredictable? Does the writing on the wall say, “it’s time to find another employer, firm, or company”? Don’t wait for the grim news. This is an opportunity for you to think more broadly about your future career. read more…


Careers Are Like Marriages: Find the One You Want or Fix the One You Have

Careers are like marriages in the sense that we spend a significant amount of time with both and put years into making them work. So what can you do if your marriage—or your career—is in trouble? As the old proverb states, you can either find the one you want or fix the one you have. How do you choose which approach to take? One answer to this question lies in careful evaluation of your compatibility. read more…


WHAT’S GOOD ABOUT GOODBYE?

Occupational Mobility and Personal Fulfillment Are National Resources

Layoffs, quitting, getting fired, and changing career directions may not only turn out to be good for you by presenting opportunities to exercise different ‘muscles’, but they are also good for our economy. Saying “goodbye” to a job or career can reap unexpected benefits, become blessings in disguise, provide a new lease on life, and create genuinely productive outcomes… read more…


“IS THAT WHAT I LOOK LIKE?!?”

Videotape Offers Shock Therapy for Interview-Challenged Applicants

BY MARTHA NEIL
ABAJournal, CAREER AUDIT

Sit up straight. Stop drumming your fingers. If only you could see what you look like.

Job applicants will ignore Mother’s advice at their peril; law firm interviewers are likely to notice. And they are likely to be turned off by habits that signal inattention or a lack of professionalism.

That’s why career counselors are more often videotaping mock job interviews to let lawyers and law students see themselves as others see them—or, more accurately, as potential employers see them…

We do video feedback of practice job interviews with virtually every lawyer who comes to us for career counseling,” says Stephen Rosen. A New York City career counselor, he heads Celia Paul Associates, an outplacement consulting business.

When the videotape is replayed immediately after the mock interview, clients are typically surprised to see how they present themselves… read more…


“Executive Life: From the Law Office to the Boardroom”

By Marci Alboher Nusbaum
The New York Times, Sunday Business Section

The law has always been a springboard to other professions, from journalism to entertainment to politics. But in recent years, lawyers have become more willing to trade their high salaries for a better lifestyle and a chance to do more exciting work, specialists say.
     "Over the past decade, we have seen a marked increase in lawyers coming to us saying they are disenchanted with the law," said Stephen Rosen, chairman of Celia Paul Associates, a New York career counseling firm that has advised more than 2,000 lawyers looking to leave the field or to make a change within it.
     Even so, Mr. Rosen said, it is the rare lawyer who has the right mix of personality and drive to become a business leader. "Entrepreneurs embrace risk," he said, while lawyers tend to be "allergic to risk." read more…


“The Career Transition Process”

By Celia Paul
From Changing Jobs: A Handbook for Lawyers

Each year, hundreds of lawyers change their jobs. With the recent downsizing in law firms and reduction in employment opportunities for lawyers, many more attorneys are thinking about non-legal options. Yet determining which non-legal options are appropriate can seem like an overwhelming task. In this article, we will briefly outline a decision making process which can be used and give some suggestions of careers into which attorneys have successfully moved. read more…


Recruiters Versus Career Counselors
“CAREER RENEWAL: When to do what.”

Celia Paul and Stephen Rosen

A thermos may have the most resilient and savvy career of any inanimate object, since it keeps hot stuff hot, cold stuff cold—and what’s more, knows when to do what. Are you resilient and savvy enough to know when to do what with your career? When do you use search firms or recruiters? When do you use career counselors? And when do you use neither? read more…


Making Healthy Career Transitions and Choices

By Stephen Rosen

Do you have a healthy career? If you are confronted with a transition you did not initiate, will you thrive? Most professionals will change direction several times during their career, or even transiform their careers completely. read more…


‘Career Health’ Is Measured by New Test

“You can now measure your career well-being, resilience, and versatility against high performance standards of sophisticated ‘career change champions’—scientists, professionals and other advanced degree-holders who have changed careers often, successfully and happily”, according to Stephen Rosen & Celia Paul, authors of a new 367-page book, CAREER RENEWAL, published by Academic Press. read more…


Praise For ‘CAREER RENEWAL’…

“If I had to find a new job, this is the one superbly intelligent book I’d read! And very carefully. Stephen Rosen and Celia Paul offer plausible and practical advice, founded in much experience, to the professional changing his or her career, or finding a new profession. ‘Career Renewal’ is the ultimate self-help manual for the intelligent job seeker.”—Roald Hoffmann, Frank H. T. Rhodes Professor of Humane Letters, Cornell University 1981 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry read more…


“How a Senior Lawyer Can Redirect a Career”

By Celia Paul
From New York Law Journal

After having established a successful legal career, many lawyers have many healthy active years ahead and will begin to think about finding fulfillment in those years. In The Longevity Factor: The New Reality of Long Careers and How It Can Lead to Richer Lives, Lydia Bronte has uncovered a "second middle age" from 50 to 75, which can be a period of productivity and growth. read more…


Allienated Lawyers Seeking And Getting
Counsel In Making The Transition To Other Careers.

By David Margolick
From The New York Times

There is no doubt that many lawyers, particularly young ones, are alienated labor. Whatever prompted them to enter the profession—idealism, status, intellectual curiosity, skills training, the lack of a clear alternative—many are appalled by what they’ve found. As many people are now abandoning the law annually—roughly 40,000—as entering it. read more…


Resumes: Recipes for Rejection? read more…


Résumé for HORATIO (later ADMIRAL LORD) NELSON read more…