Many lawyers feel trapped after taking a hiatus. You don’t have to be. In Debra Hamilton’s continuing new series of introducing lawyers who have emerged successfully on the other side of a hiatus, today you will meet Linda Mercurio who has turned entrepreneur and helping other lawyers succeed.
Over the past five years, I have written about how to cope with many issues facing rezooming attorneys. This year I hope to inspire you by sharing the rezooming success stories of people just like you who have re-started their legal career. They decided to shift back to practicing law from a different career or a hiatus. These stories will inspire you while providing a suggested road map to success.
Look at the language you are using to describe yourself. How can you craft a short, informative elevator pitch? You need a clear voice to be heard above the din? What makes you different? Your 1-minute elevator speech can be a big part of raising you up above the cacophony. Here are three easy steps to use when thinking about how to describe yourself and what you do.
You can choose to avoid social media opportunities altogether or, with the help of some pretty tech savvy lawyers navigate your rezoom with social media. Questions about engaging in social media always start with whether its use will enhance or derail your journey. Not running afoul of your legal ethics can be the worry when talking about engaging on social media. The following three helpful hints may make it less scary and get you rezooming in cyberspace.
When deciding to rezoom your legal career you are also rezooming a position of leadership. Initially it may not feel that way. You may fail to recognize the strong leadership skills you cultivated while away from the legal field. However, there are things you have done while on sabbatical that make you a better leader. […]
“Networking is an ongoing dynamic process.” You need to identify your needs (purpose), integrate the information you hear from others and adapt your process of networking based on the new information you have received. And it can be a very different experience if you are heading back to the practice of law now that the nest is empty.
The same thing happens when we start rezooming. It seems for a very long time nothing is getting done to effectuate our reentry. We network; write articles, read articles, attend bar association meetings or local business meetings all in the hope of getting back in the game. What we fail to see is that we have, “Initiated the miracle process.” We have ignited the compound process whether we recognize it or not. Sustaining the insignificant choices over time will reap important rewards.
Why do naturally talented people frequently fail to reach their potential while other far less gifted individuals go on to achieve amazing things? The secret to outstanding achievement is not talent, but a passionate persistence. In other words, grit. Do you have grit?
You will be going on interviews. How do people see you? Will you be the person they hire? Or will you be hiring people? How effectively do you judge others? How do you want to be judged by potential employees? These five tips may help you be judged correctly by the interviewer and help you to correctly interview others….including clients.
We tend to choose to do immediate over important tasks because of the good feeling we get from a quick resolution. Getting an immediate job completed satisfies us. It is a subtle but important distinction in how the human brain works. But is it undermining your effectiveness as a lawyer? Find out.