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Day in the Life: Biglaw Partner – White Collar/Investigations

Read on for the day in the life of a biglaw partner in Chicago, IL Job Title: Partner Industry: Law Location: Chicago, IL Age: 37 Gender: Female Salary/Benefits: Base salary + profit sharing + bonus (which varies). My total compensation was roughly $500,000 last year....

Day in the Life: Employment Lawyer

Read on for a day in the life of an employment lawyer Job Title: Employment Lawyer Industry: Law From: Pacific Northwest Age: Mid-30s Gender: Female Salary/Benefits: $150,000, health benefits, five-figure bonus based on billable hour target, and discretionary bonus...

A Day in the Life: Legal Assistant

Read on for the day in the life of a legal assistant... Job Title: Legal Assistant Industry: Law From: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Age: 30 Gender: Male Salary/Benefits: CAD $30K/year. (Permanent, full-time, almost never requiring overtime.) Extended health care...

A Day in the Life: Legal Assistant

Read on for the day in the life of a legal assistant... Job Title: Legal Assistant Industry: Law From: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada Age: 30 Gender: Male Salary/Benefits: CAD $30K/year. (Permanent, full-time, almost never requiring overtime.) Extended health care...

How to Be a Great Junior Lawyer

Most young lawyers are looking for magic tips to help them become a great junior attorney.  Over the years, I’ve noticed that the really great young lawyers—the ones the senior attorneys in the offer clamor to work with—have a few things in common. I’m sharing some of...

Dragging at Work? How to Stay Motivated

It’s February.  The excitement of the holidays has waned, New Year resolutions are a guilt-inducing memory, and the weather outside is gray and cold.  It’s no shock that people consistently identify February as one of their least favorite months of the year....

Q&A: How to Improve Attention to Detail

Have a question? Email it to thecareerfiles@gmail.com. Question:  During your yearly performance review, your supervisor advises that you need to work on your attention to detail in your written work. How can you improve your attention to detail going forward?...

Q&A: Sober at Work

Have a question for me to answer? Email it to thecareerfiles@gmail.com. Question: You notice that your office tends to blow off steam and bond by going out for a drink after work. You don’t drink alcohol. Is this going to be a problem for you? What should you say...

How to Avoid Being Too Busy at Work

As a sequel to my last post (how to deal with being really, really busy), I want to spend a little bit of time talking about what you can do to avoid getting to the point of work overload - being too busy at work. In truth, sometimes there is nothing you can do -...

Stay Sane When You’re Really, Really Busy

At some point, it will happen to you. Work will be so busy that your life feels like an endless cycle of: (1) wake, (2) work, and (3) sleep (aka, dream about work). As an attorney who spent years in large law firms, I have much more experience in the art of being busy...

Make a Mistake at Work? How to Bounce Back

An uncomfortable truth of life as a junior employee (really, any employee) is that you will make a mistake at work - probably several! Over time, they will lessen in significance and number.  Whether big or small, the way you address and bounce back from...

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