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Career Fairs

Although attending a career fair sometimes may sound as enjoyable as a trip to the dentist, they can be extremely helpful in not only attaining a new job but also for developing new contacts and getting your resume out there.

One of the most common mistakes that job seekers make when attending a career fair is not doing enough background work. It pays to research which companies will be there and what jobs they will be hiring for. With this information, you can plan out how you are going to promote your skills and education to potential employers in regards to the jobs at hand.

In addition to finding out which jobs to prepare for, you can also take a look at who works there, and you never know, you may already have an old colleague in place and waiting to open the door for you. Overall, it’s simply a much better idea to walk into a career fair with plenty of ways to carry on a conversation and not just telling them that you want a job.

And as always, wear something nice! Business professional or even business casual attire is the way to go. First impressions cannot be undone.

Keeping all that in mind, check out the following National Career Fairs that will be held soon around the country in a city near you;

  • Atlanta Career Fair: Monday October 3, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Atlanta Capitol Conference; 450 Capitol Avenue SW, Atlanta, GA 30312
  • New York Career Fair: Monday, October 24, 2011 from 11am to 3pm @ Holiday Inn Midtown 57 Street; 440 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
  • Houston Career Fair: Tuesday, September 13, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Crowne Plaza Houston – River Oaks – Near the Galleria; 2712 Southwest Freeway; Houston, TX 77098
  • Detroit Career Fair: Wednesday March 7, 2012 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Southgate (Detroit South); 17201 Northline Road, Southgate, MI 48195
  • Dallas Career Fair: Wednesday, September 14, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Radisson Hotel & Suites – Dallas Love Field; 1241 West Mockingbird Lane, Dallas, TX 75247
  • Philadelphia Career Fair: Monday December 5, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Crowne Plaza; 4100 Presidential Blvd, Philadelphia, PA 19131
  • Charlotte Career Fair: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Renaissance Charlotte Suites Hotel; 2800 Coliseum Drive, Charlotte, BC 28217
  • Phoenix Career Fair: Monday, September 26, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Phoenix Airport Marriott; 1101 North 44th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85008
  • Chicago Career Fair: Thursday, October 13, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ The Congress Plaza Hotel; 520 South Michigan Ave, Chicago, IL 60605
  • Los Angeles Career Fair: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Holiday Inn Los Angeles – International Airport; 9901 West Cienega Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90045
  • San Diego Career Fair: Tuesday, September 20, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ San Diego Marriott Hotel and Marina, 333 West Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA 92101
  • Boston Career Fair: Monday, October 17, 2011 from 11am to 2pm @ Radisson Hotel Boston; 200 Stuart Street, Boston, MA 02116

A New Breed of Lawyer

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We are finally starting to pull out of the recession, but we are not totally out just yet. The tough times have had lasting effects on the job market and on the general attitude of Americans as well. Some people have adapted to the tough times by switching careers, taking second jobs or even moving down the ladder in the workforce.

One sector of the workforce in which the effects of the recession have had some impact is the law business. The fact that clients are not spending nearly as much as they were ten years ago has prompted big law firms to spawn a new breed of lawyers to compensate. Known as career associates or permanent associates, these legal workers make almost half as much as legal associates.

Some see it as a sign of the times. There are lawyers out there who regret having to take a step back into one of these positions, but it’s not all bad. According to the a recent article from the New York Times, these career associates generally earn about $60,000 a year, but they do not have to put in the long and strenuous hours of legal associates.

Career associates typically perform a lot of the same tasks that legal associates do, including writing briefs, visiting clients and prepping witnesses before court hearings. So they are lawyers. They do a lot of the same work. But the good news is they don’t have to work as hard.

The career associate path is becoming a popular option for those that like to spend more time at home and do not desire to live at their job. This is definitely a more family-friendly position than that of a legal associate, enabling one to work from home and travel less.

Law firms have essentially operated on the same structure for the past fifty years or so. Clients pay big fees for legal services, and legal associates can earn up to $160,000 a year fresh out of law school. But the legal business has transformed to cope with the fact that people are spending a lot less in all aspects of the economy.

This also helps to keep jobs within the US. A lot of the legal work that career associates are doing can be out-sourced to workers in other countries, but this is not necessary. This job title also helps to bring this sort of legal work to cities that do not exist within the realm of massive law epicenters like New York or Los Angeles.

Since career associates make less, a lot of them live in towns with lower costs of living. There’s no reason to uproot the family and move to some big city with all the smog and traffic when you don’t have to.

The career associate offers a lot of the same services as legal associates, and they do get paid a whole lot less. But this is good for clients and for people that do not want to dedicate every second of their day to the legal practice.

So in terms of adapting to the circumstances of the economy and providing opportunities that did not exist before, the career associate is a beneficial addition to the world of law.